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NFL Betting Preview: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Las Vegas Raiders

December 25, 2023



Two AFC West rivals will face each other on Monday afternoon in week 16 of the NFL season when the Las Vegas Raiders travel to Kansas City, Missouri to face the Kansas City Chiefs at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium with the game kicking off at 1:00 PM ET and will air on CBS and Nickelodeon.

 

The Las Vegas Raiders are coming off a dominating performance in week 15 as they defeated the Los Angeles Chargers by a score of 63-21 which also ended their three-game losing streak and improved their record to 6-8, however, barring a miracle the Las Vegas Raiders will miss the playoffs for the 2nd season in a row. 

 

The Raiders have struggled offensively this season as they are averaging the 9th fewest points per game with an average of 18.93 points per game while also having the worst rushing offense in the league one season after Josh Jacobs won the NFL rushing title he enters this game leading the team with 805 rushing yards and six touchdowns while adding 37 receptions for 296 yards.

 

However, Las Vegas has been above-average defensively as they are allowing an average of 21 points per game. The Las Vegas Raiders will look to build off the momentum following last week’s win against the Los Angeles Chargers when they travel to face the Kansas City Chiefs.

 

Kansas City enters this game having lost three of their last five games, however, they are coming off a 27-17 win on the road against the New England Patriots in week 15 which also ended their two-game losing streak and enter this game with a record of 9-5 while having a two-game lead for 1st place in the AFC West over the Las Vegas Raiders. The Chiefs remain an above-average team offensively, however, they aren’t as high-powered this season as they have been in the past few seasons as they are averaging 22.79 points per game which is tied with the Jacksonville Jaguars for 10th in the NFL while averaging 358.86 total yards per game which ranks 7th in the league. 

 

The defense for the Chiefs has been the biggest surprise as they enter this game allowing the 3rd fewest points per game in the NFL with an average of 17.5 points per game. The Kansas City Chiefs will look to maintain the two-game lead over the Denver Broncos when they host the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday afternoon in week 16 of the NFL season.

 

BookMaker has the Kansas City Chiefs listed as 10-point favorites at home against the Las Vegas Raiders on Christmas Day in week 16 of the NFL season. Kansas City has won nine of the last ten including the previous six meetings while going 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. The Las Vegas Raiders are 7-6-1 ATS overall, 2-4 ATS on the road, 3-4-1 ATS as an underdog, and 2-2 ATS in division games this season while the Kansas City Chiefs are 7-6-1 ATS overall, 3-3 ATS at home, 7-6-1 ATS as a favorite, and 3-1 ATS in division games on the year.

 

Kansas City is the more talented team and enters this game with the better record while also having dominated the series against Las Vegas winning nine of the last ten including the previous six games in the series. The Chiefs have also been the better team at covering the spread in the series going 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three matchups. Lay the points with the Kansas City Chiefs when they host the Las Vegas Raiders on Christmas Day.

Spooky Express Pick: Kansas City Chiefs -10