Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs: Spread Info, Line and Predictions

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistDecember 22, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 23: Quarterback Carson Palmer #3 gets rid of the ball as he gets hit by safety Donald Washington #27 of the Oakland Raiders of the Kansas City Chiefs on October 23, 2011 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Chiefs won 28-0. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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Would you have believed both the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs would be alive to win the division in Week 16 of this season after all the injuries they've incurred?

The Raiders have been without their starting quarterback (although they traded for Carson Palmer) and their starting running back for some time now. And they've had a number of injuries hit their wide receivers each and every week. Through it all, they are 7-7 and in the hunt for the AFC West and the final wild-card spot.

As for the Chiefs, they lost their starting tight end, safety and running back all in the first few weeks of the season. Since that time they've lost their starting quarterback as well and had to trade for Kyle Orton. They're a long shot, but they can still steal the AFC West for the second straight year if crazy things happen.

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 23: Wide receiver Jacoby Ford #12 of the Oakland Raiders gets dragged down by cornerback Brandon Flowers #24 of the Kansas City Chiefs on October 23, 2011 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Chiefs won 28-0. (Photo by Brian
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Where: Arrowhead Stadium; Kansas City, Missouri

When: Saturday, Dec. 24 at 1:00 p.m. EST

Watch: CBS. DirecTV 708

 

Spread: Chiefs -2.5

The Chiefs are in the second game of the brief Kyle Orton era, and he gives them a legitimate shot at knocking off the Raiders. Oakland's secondary has been continually banged up and Orton is a significant upgrade over Tyler Palko.

Oakland knows Orton well though from his time in Denver, and their run game should also be able to punch some holes in KC's defense.

The Raiders are on a three-game losing streak and the Chiefs have won two of their last three, but Kansas City is 0-3 as a favorite this year. 

The Silver and Black have won the last two games in Arrowhead. Roll with that. 

 

Over/Under: 41.5

Four of the last five games and both the last two meetings at Arrowhead have gone under. Don't expect either of these offenses to explode, and a 21-20 game covers you. 

 

Key Injuries

Raiders

Darren McFadden, RB, Out (Foot)

Jacoby Ford, WR, Doubtful (Foot)

Michael Huff, S, Doubtful (Hamstring)

Chiefs

Matt Cassel, QB, Out

 

Fantasy Big Plays

Start: Michael Bush, RB, Raiders

The Chiefs have a top-10 pass defense yardage wise, but give the 24th-most rushing yards in the league. Bush should be able to take advantage of that.

Sit: Steve Breaston, WR, Cardinals

It is finals week in fantasy, and Breaston's consistent 4-6 points in standard scoring won't help much.

Sleeper: Jackie Battle, RB, Chiefs

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 04:  Jackie Battle #26 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 4, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chiefs defeated the Bears 10-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Raiders are actually worse against the run than the Chiefs are.

 

Keys to Raiders Win

Create turnovers. Kyle Orton can find a way to throw for yards in nearly any game, but he's also susceptible to turnovers.

Oakland has already seen Orton once this year and they beat up on him last year too.

The Raiders need to make Orton comfortable and then take care of business on the ground when they have the football.

If they can do that, Carson Palmer should be able to find the open receiver with play-action.

 

Keys to Chiefs Win

Kansas City owned Carson Palmer in his season debut this year. What they did in that game, including two pick-sixes, is what they need to do again. Strangle the Raiders offense and force Palmer (they also picked off Kyle Boller three times in that game) to make bad decisions with the ball.

They weren't much of an offensive powerhouse in that game by any means though, nor were they last week in their upset of the previously unbeaten Green Bay Packers, and they need to find some consistency against this Raiders defense this week.

 

Prediction: Raiders 24, Chiefs 14