Las Vegas Raiders @ Cincinnati Bengals
Saturday 3:30 pm (Arrowhead Time) NBC
The Chiefs had very different experiences with these teams during the regular season. Las Vegas has been obliterated in their two meetings with the Chiefs, losing by a combined total of 89 to 23. The Bengals on the other hand, handed the Chiefs a loss that ended their eight-game winning streak.
The teams played earlier this season in a game that appeared as though it was a bigger blowout than it really was. While the final was Bengals 32, Raiders 13, the game was a close one until late in the 4th quarter. In fact, at 11:42 in the 4th quarter, the Raiders were trailing by just three with a score of 16-13. In the matchup, Darren Waller went for 116 yards and it wasn’t enough.
Who you should cheer for: The Raiders
A couple of things here, it is totally lame to always cheer for the underdog, but that is just the best scenario for the Chiefs. It is also really hard to cheer for the (*gags) Raiders. With that out of the way, Ja’Maar Chase is a beast and a nightmare matchup for the Chiefs defense and obviously, nothing scares the Chiefs about the Raiders. It really is that simple.
At the time of this writing, the Bengals are 5.5 point favorites in this matchup. While the Bengals have won in some big games, they have also dropped some ridiculous ones. For instance, they defeated the Chiefs but also lost to the Jets. The Raiders have had an incredible path to the playoffs. After Jon Gruden resigned midseason, they were almost universally written off. Somehow, the Raiders scratched and clawed their way into the Playoffs led by interim head coach Rich Bisaccia.
If the Chiefs get the opportunity to play either of these teams, they will be prepared. To play the Raiders would be a dream scenario. To play the Bengals could be an epic opportunity for revenge. Either way, the Chiefs will not be taking any team lightly.