It’s the Saturday before game day, so it’s time for my weekly predictions!
I believe the Las Vegas Raiders will beat the Kansas City Chiefs again, this time on home territory.
The Raiders Are the Only Team to Beat the Chiefs
If it’s going to be anyone who beats the Chiefs (8-1), it’s the Raiders (6-3).
Coming into Week 11, the only team to beat Kansas City so far this year is the Silver and Black.
In the first rodeo, the Raiders defeated the Chiefs, 40-32.
The last time Las Vegas won in Kansas City before this year was eight years ago in 2012, the last season in which the Raiders won both meetings.
The Raiders also ended a five-game losing streak against the Chiefs, with their last victory coming in 2017 by a 31-30 score in Oakland.
Both quarterbacks threw an interception in the game at Kansas City.
It was a back-and-forth offensive affair, so expect the same this Sunday for the second time up.
The pressure is on for the Chiefs as they look to avenge their loss in what is their only loss this season.
If it’s going to be anyone who beats the Chiefs, it’ll be the Raiders (again).
Derek Carr and His Running Abilities
Don’t get me wrong, if a comparison between Derek Carr and Patrick Mahomes happens, Mahomes is the better all-around quarterback hands down.
However, Carr has started to show a skill that Mahomes also has: escaping the pocket.
More importantly, Carr is confident, at times, to scramble the football for a few extra yards. Any quarterback who can make a no-gain play into any yards gained is advantageous.
Running, Running, Running
The first time around, a key difference between these two teams was they’re running production on the field.
The Raiders rushed for 144 yards, while the Chiefs rushed for a mere 80 yards.
Running backs Josh Jacobs and Devontae Booker split responsibilities for Las Vegas while running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Mahomes shared rushing duties for Kansas City.
If anything, the Raiders have the advantage in the ground game. As Las Vegas has shown this season, utilizing and exploiting the ground game will be a major factor in whether the Raiders manage to defeat the Chiefs the second time around.
Prediction: Raiders win 38-30
I honestly believe this Raiders team has the skill set necessary to defeat the Chiefs. To me, the question comes down to whether Las Vegas can execute on the field.
If the Silver and Black can execute, they win the ball game. If the Raiders struggle to execute, the Chiefs win the ball game.
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