LAS VEGAS (1-3) at KANSAS CITY (3-1) Monday, 8:15 p.m. EDT, ESPN OPENING LINE: Chiefs by 7 1/2, according to…
LAS VEGAS (1-3) at KANSAS CITY (3-1)
Monday, 8:15 p.m. EDT, ESPN
OPENING LINE: Chiefs by 7 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook.
AGAINST THE SPREAD: Raiders 1-3, Chiefs 2-2.
SERIES RECORD: Chiefs lead 70-54-2.
LAST MEETING: Chiefs beat Raiders 48-9 on Dec. 12, 2021, in Kansas City.
LAST WEEK: Raiders beat Broncos 32-23, Chiefs beat Buccaneers 41-31.
RAIDERS OFFENSE: OVERALL (13), RUSH (14), PASSING (14), SCORING (10).
RAIDERS DEFENSE: OVERALL (22), RUSH (10), PASS (22), SCORING (T23).
BOSSES OFFENSIVE: OVERALL (T4), RUSH (11), PASS (11), SCORING (2).
DEFENSE CHIEFS: GENERAL (13), RUSH (1), PASS (27), SCORING (20).
TRAINING DIFFERENTIAL: Raiders minus-2, Chiefs even.
RAIDERS PLAYER TO WATCH: RB Josh Jacobs is coming off his most productive game, rushing for 144 yards and two touchdowns last week against the Broncos. Jacobs had 175 scrimmage yards on 33 touches, the most by a Raiders player in 10 years. Jacobs also showed some explosion with his first rush of at least 40 yards since his 2019 rookie season.
MAIN PLAYER TO WATCH: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire has found another gear with a push from Isiah Pacheco behind him on the depth chart. Edwards-Helaire rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown while he caught a short TD pass in last week’s win over the Buccaneers.
KEY MATCH: Jacobs vs. Kansas City’s run defense. The Raiders running back is coming off a big game against Denver, but now he faces arguably the best run defense in the NFL, thanks in large part to the Chiefs’ performance last week at Tampa Bay. They set a franchise record by holding the Buccaneers to 3 rushing yards on six carries in the win.
KEY INJURIES: Raiders LB Denzel Perryman is on concussion protocol after being injured last week. CB Rock Ya-Sin (knee), WR Hunter Renfrow (concussion) and TE Foster Moreau (knee) could return this week. … Chiefs K Harrison Butker (sprained ankle) could return after missing the last three games. DE Mike Danna (calf) could also return after missing two games.
SERIES NOTES: The Raiders and Chiefs have played 126 times, including the postseason, with Kansas City winning 70 of the games and the teams tied twice. In their previous meeting in December, the Chiefs tied for the third-most points in a first half in franchise history with 35 en route to a 48-9 win. Kansas City has won three in a row and eight of the last nine in the series.
STATS & THINGS: The Raiders rushed for 212 yards last week, their most in a game since 2016… Las Vegas is one of two teams to score on the opening drive in all four games this season. … Raiders WR Davante Adams had his 33rd 100-yard receiving game last week, the fourth-most in the NFL since 2014. … Las Vegas DE Maxx Crosby leads the NFL with eight tackles for loss after having four last week. … The Raiders are allowing 3.9 yards per carry, their second-best mark in four games in the last 15 seasons. … Raiders CB Amik Robertson has two takeaways this season, including a 68-yard fumble return for a touchdown last week for the team’s first defensive TD since 2019. The 43 straight games without a special teams or TD defensively it was the longest drought in the Super Bowl era. … Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr had five runs for first downs last week. … The Raiders are tied for fourth worst in converting 44.4% of red zone drives to TDs and are fourth worst in allowing 76.9% of red zone drives to TDs. … Las Vegas running back Chandler Jones had two sacks the last time he faced Kansas City in 2018. Jones has no sacks in his first four games with the Raiders. … Kansas City has won its last five Monday night games. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is 6-1 on Monday night. … The Chiefs could match the franchise record of 18 straight games with a field goal. … Chiefs TE Travis Kelce could tie Tony Gonzalez’s franchise record with a catch in his 131st straight game. Kelce would also tie Gonzalez for second among NFL tight ends with his 31st 100-yard receiving game. … Chiefs CB L’Jarius Sneed led the Chiefs with nine tackles, a sack and a forced fumble last week at Tampa Bay.
FANTASY TIP: Edwards-Helaire has become a must-have running back, even against a tough Las Vegas run defense, after his breakout performance last week at Tampa Bay. The Chiefs showed a renewed commitment to the run with 37 carries for 189 yards and two touchdowns, and Edwards-Helaire has hands good enough to provide some points in the passing game.
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