AFC West standings: Raiders pulling up rear in NFL's toughest division

Kansas city Chiefs vs Oakland Raiders Odds: Point Spread, Line, Prediction, NFL Week 7 Schedule, Preview

AFC West rivals meet in Oakland on Thursday night when the Raiders host the Chiefs.

The Oakland Raiders (2-4) are coming from a 17-16 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 6. Their O/U is 0-5 in their last 5 games vs. AFC West, 4-0 in their last 4 home games against a team with a winning record, 20-6-1 in their last 27 home games, and 2-5-1 in their last 8 Thursday night games. Both players are performing well, leading the Chiefs to a 5-1 start. The Chiefs are 3-2 in Thursday night games under Coach Andy Reid. Derek Carr completed 21 of 30 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown against two interceptions. Finally, the Chiefs are 6-0 against the spread in their last six divisional games, are 14-3 against the number in their last 17 road games, and are 5-1 against the number in their last six games overall. Alex Smith had only three incompletions in 22 attempts, and Spencer Ware (out for this season injured) rushed 24 times for 131 yards and a TD. Oakland might have been favored by a field goal if this game was played a few weeks earlier, and it's too early to give up on a team, just yet, that won 12 games a year ago. Kareem Hunt is playing like a mortal with averages of 3.7 yards and 2.3 yards per carry in the last two games. Justin Houston and Kansas City's defensive front failed to put much pressure on Ben Roethlisberger in Sunday's loss to the Steelers, sacking him once.

All the trends favor the Chiefs, but it's desperation time for Oakland.

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It was never very likely that any team was going to go 16-0 this regular season, but that's officially an impossibility as the Kansas City Chiefs were the last team to lose.

Before the season, the Raiders were media darlings, predicted to not only win the division but to potentially win the AFC. Maybe he won't throw for 300 yards and multiple touchdowns, but he should have chances to make some big plays Thursday night. They might be too good to be essentially eliminated from contention in Week 7. I can't find a lot of reasons not to pick the Chiefs here.

The offense was supposed to be the best part of their offense, but it has become their worst. Some of that promise is still clearly lingering with bettors despite the recent record.

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