Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs look to continue their red-hot play when they face the Las Vegas Raiders on Sunday Night Football. The Chiefs have won four games in a row, and Kansas City also holds a rest advantage after a bye in Week 10. Kansas City is also seeking revenge on Sunday night, with the Raiders delivering the Chiefs' only loss of the season in Week 5. Las Vegas also enters Sunday's matchup on a roll, winning three straight games and blasting the Denver Broncos by a 25-point margin last week.
Kickoff from Las Vegas is set for 8:20 p.m. ET. Kansas City is listed as a 7.5-point favorite in the latest Chiefs vs. Raiders odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under sits at 56. Before making any Raiders vs. Chiefs picks or NFL predictions for Sunday Night Football, see what SportsLine's Hammerin' Hank Goldberg has to say.
A beloved national treasure, Hammer enters Week 11 on an extended heater: Over the final 10 weeks of last season and through 10 weeks this season, he is an incredible 37-22 on his NFL best bets, an amazing 63 percent cash rate. Hammer, who has inside sources throughout the league, knows the Raiders especially well. In fact, he is a sparkling 10-3 in his last 13 against-the-spread picks involving the Raiders.
This is the same handicapper who enjoyed 15 winning seasons in his 17-year ESPN run. In 2017, Hammer competed against 10 top handicappers in the Las Vegas Review-Journal's NFL Challenge and beat them all, finishing 50-29-6 on NFL picks against-the-spread. Anybody who has followed him is way up.
Now, Hammer has zeroed in on Raiders vs. Chiefs and locked in another confident against-the-spread pick. You can see it only at SportsLine. Here are several NFL lines and betting trends for Chiefs vs. Raiders:
- Chiefs vs. Raiders spread: Chiefs -7.5
- Chiefs vs. Raiders over-under: 56 points
- Chiefs vs. Raiders money line: Chiefs -355, Raiders +295
- KC: Chiefs are 6-2 against the spread in AFC games
- LV: Over has hit in six Raiders games this season
Why the Chiefs can cover
Mahomes is one of the most prolific passers in the NFL and he leads a dynamic Chiefs offense. Not only do the Chiefs lead the NFL in passing offense at 294.7 yards per game, Mahomes ranks near the top of the league's leaderboard in a myriad of categories. The former MVP has thrown for 2,687 yards, 25 touchdowns and only one interception. Mahomes is the only qualified quarterback in the league with one interception or fewer, and he also ranks in the top five of the NFL in yards per pass attempt (8.2).
All told, the Chiefs have the second-best offense in the NFL in both yardage (409 yards per game) and scoring (31.8 points per game), and Mahomes can rely on a bevy of talented pass-catchers, headlined by Tyreek Hill and the league's best tight end in Travis Kelce.
Why the Raiders can cover
The Raiders will have their hands full against Mahomes and Kansas City's passing offense, but Las Vegas should be able to hold up against the run. The Raiders are an above-average rushing defense, giving up only 112.7 yards per game, and the Chiefs aren't quite as dynamic on the ground. From there, Las Vegas does rank in the top seven of the NFL in completion percentage allowed (61.6 percent) and quarterback rating allowed, giving some hope against Mahomes.
On the offensive side, the Raiders are quite efficient, ranking in the top eight of the league in rushing offense, rushing touchdowns, completion percentage, third down rate and several additional categories. That package leads to the eighth-best scoring offense in the NFL at 28.3 points per game, and Kansas City has well-documented issues in stopping the run, giving up bottom-five marks in yards per game and yards per carry allowed.
How to make Raiders vs. Chiefs picks
Goldberg is leaning over the total, but his much stronger play is on the spread. In fact, he's found a critical x-factor that makes one side of the spread hit hard on Sunday. He's sharing what it is, and who to back, only at SportsLine.
So who wins Chiefs vs. Raiders on Sunday Night Football? And what critical factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Chiefs vs. Raiders spread you should jump on, all from the legendary handicapper who's 10-3 on Raiders picks.