Chiefs-Raiders’ predictions from national NFL pundits
It’s going to be five huge days for the Chiefs.
On Sunday, the Chiefs host division rival Las Vegas, then travel to California to face the Chargers in “Thursday Night Football.”
FiveThirtyEight.com shows off the chefs currently have a 90% chance make the playoffs and a 60% chance of winning the AFC West. If the Chiefs win those two games, their chances of being in the playoffs increase to over 99%, and they would have a 95% chance of being division champions.
Will the Chiefs deal with the Raiders on Sunday? Here is what 58 experts have to say about the match, which starts at noon and will be broadcast on KCTV (Ch. 5).
A victory for the chefs is the prediction of Emmanuel Morgan of the New York Times. Here is an excerpt from what he wrote: âKansas City’s defense has improved after a slow start to the season and has maintained each of its last five opponents – including the Raiders in Week 10 – down to less than 20 points. During this time, the offense seems to have adapted to enjoy certain gains as the opponents limited the strikes downstream from Patrick Mahomes. Kansas City are clearly the better team and should easily hand Las Vegas their fifth loss in six games. “
Chiefs to win 34-16 says Bill Bender of Sporting News. Here’s some of what he wrote: âRemember the Raiders’ 40-32 loss to Kansas City last year? The chefs probably do. Las Vegas is racing the AFC West, and Kansas City does so with a defense that allowed up 11.2 points per game through a five-game winning streak.
A 27-14 Chiefs victory is the prediction of Alex Buck of Pro Football Network. It’s part of what he wrote: âThis is not a friendly game for the Raiders. They’re struggling like this, and heading for Kansas City, which is in the opposite form, is a disaster. I can see this one pulling away quickly from Las Vegas. Still, I don’t expect the Chiefs to score so many points this time around.
A 27-17 Chiefs victory is the prediction of Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com. Here is an excerpt from his story: âI could add a field goal to the Raiders’ total if Darren Waller fits; it is so important for their offense. Without the mismatched tight end, there’s little reason to believe the Las Vegas offense will have enough juice to score on this improved Kansas City defense. (Editor’s Note: Waller will not play on Sunday)
Each of the eight Sports writers believe the Chiefs will be the winners: Ben Standig, Jay Morrison, Michael-Shawn Dugar, Chris Burke, Tashan Reed, Katherine Terrell, Nick Kosmider and Mark Kaboly. This is an excerpt from Athletic’s story: âWhat happened to the Kansas City defense? The Chiefs have allowed 29 points per game when they started 3-4. They have since won five straight games, most recently a 22-9 victory over the Broncos, and have conceded just 11.2 points per game. Denver beat Kansas City 404-267 on Sunday. But the Broncos were 1 of 3 in the red zone and recorded three turnovers, including an interception returned for a touchdown. The Chiefs have 11 takeaways during that winning streak and continue to find ways to win. “
The chefs will win, say the two editors of Pro Football Talk. Michael David Smith sees a 20-13 final. He wrote: âThe Chiefs’ defense has made a dramatic turnaround this season, and they will continue to play well as Derek Carr has a tough day. Mike Florio predicted a score of 34-20. He wrote in part, â(The Raiders will) do their best, but Andy Reid is still the much better coach than Rich Bisaccia. Plus, the Chiefs still remember the post-game victory lap the Raiders did around Arrowhead Stadium last year. “
A victory for chefs 30-17 is the prediction of Chris Mueller of Yardbarker. This is from his story: âThe Kansas City defense maintained its stifling lanes against the Broncos, dominating the proceedings in a 22-9 victory. Denver racked up yards, but most of it came when the game was already well under way, and the Chiefs were more than happy to trade yards and even points for free time. New England’s seven-game winning streak caught the AFC’s attention, but the Chiefs have now won five in a row and still haven’t looked back on offense.
The eight writers for CBS Sports predicted a victory for the Chiefs: Pete Prisco, Jason LaCanfora, John Breech, Will Brinson, Jared Dubin, Jamey Eisenberg, Ryan Wilson and Dave Richard. Prisco predicted a final score of 34-21. Here is an excerpt from what he wrote: âWhen these two met earlier this year, the Kansas City offense had its best day of the season. The Vegas defense will be the tonic to get the Kansas City offense back on track. Patrick Mahomes lights it up.
Ten of the 11 experts at ESPN, see the chefs win: Emmanuel Acho, Mike Clay, Domonique Foxworth, Dan Graziano, Damien Woody, Laura Rutledge, Kevin Seifert, Matt Bowen, Rob Ninkovich and Seth Wickersham. The Raiders’ only choice came from Jeremy Fowler.
The Chiefs will be victorious, say three writers from The Star: Sam McDowell, Vahe Gregorian and Sam Mellinger.
Each of the seven writers at USA Today chose the Chiefs: Jarrett Bell (30-27 final score), Nate Davis (29-17), Jori Epstein (28-21), Mike Freeman (28-21), Mike Jones (30-20), Mike Middlehurst-Schwartz (30-17) and Lorenzo Reyes (27-22).
A victory for the chefs is the prediction of the five Audacy writers: Jordan Cohn, Tim Kelly, Jesse Pantuosco, John Healy and Dan Mennella.
The five staff editors at Sports Illustrated chose the chefs: Albert Breer, Gary Grammling, Jenny Vrenta, Conor Orr and Mitch Goldich.
A victory for the chefs is the prediction of the four Athlon Sports editors: Bryan Fischer, Ben Weinrib, Rob Doster and Aaron Wilson.