NFL Thursday Night Matchup: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders

NFL Thursday Night Matchup: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders
NFL Thursday Night Matchup: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders

Date/Time: Thursday, November 20 – 8:25 PM ET

TV Coverage: NFL Network

NFL Betting Lines at BetAnySports

NFL Betting Spread: Kansas City 7.5

Total: 42.5 points

Oakland Raiders fans must be wondering what has happened to this once-proud franchise. But then again, this is nothing new, as they have been wondering this for years. This year may be the worst experience of all, however, as the guys in Silver and Black are winless in ten games and stand a very real chance of going 0-16 for the season. If you look on the schedule, this is the first of two games against the Kansas City Chiefs, and there is also a visit to Denver to play Peyton Manning and the Broncos. There’s a home game against Bay Area rival San Francisco, and then the two most winnable games, which are a visit to St. Louis and a home game against Buffalo. If these guys come up empty, they’ll be taking odds on whether Al Davis rolls left or right in his grave.

BetAnySports customers have to be duly impressed with what the Chiefs have done, in the process of covering nine straight games. They have held their opponents without a rushing touchdown ALL YEAR LONG, and they have done exactly what coach Andy Reid has wanted to do when he first stepped into the job, which is to minimize turnovers. Kansas City has turned the ball over only 10 times this season, and to use the cliché, they “find ways to win.” You absolutely HAVE to find ways to win if you hold the ball for only 24 minutes against the defending Super Bowl champions (the Seattle Seahawks), run 25 fewer plays, and still come out on top.

Oakland, meanwhile, looks to most NFL bettors like a team stuck in the mud on offense. They have scored more than 17 points only twice this year, and against San Diego they were able to attain only nine first downs and 233 yards. There is no rushing game to speak of, despite the presence of both Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew. Derek Carr is either under tight reins or incapable of throwing the ball more than ten yards down the field. He averages 5.6 yards per attempt, and always takes the shortest outlet, it seems. BetAnySports United States Sportsbooks patrons know that Oakland’s offensive line will have its hands full trying to keep Carr (only 11 sacks suffered) well-protected, as Kansas City has legitimate pass rushers, including Justin Houston, the linebacker who already has 12 sacks.

Maybe it’s going to come down to who is better prepared in this short week. We’re going to take a wild guess that Oakland did not magically find a running game in the three days between their last game in this one. And Carr has not very quickly mastered the “vertical” game with a day or two of practice. Last year, Kansas City forced Oakland into ten turnovers in their two meetings, winning those games by scores of 56-31 and 24-7. This looks like a Kansas City team that is about as good as last year’s version, while the Raiders are, well, the Raiders. Perhaps Matt Schaub will come in to save the day.

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CHARLES JAY grew up around the gaming business, was raised in the boxing business, and along the way has developed a colorful background through a wide range of experiences. Jay was a veteran of almost two decades actively in the boxing industry, as a writer, publicist, matchmaker, booking agent, manager, and promoter. He was engaged as editorial consultant for USA Network's "Tuesday Night Fights" for seven years, and also did some on-air work for USA. He also served as color commentator for, among others, Sunshine Network and Prime Network, and has called more than a dozen world championship fights for national and/or international television. He has been the host of numerous radio programs, including "Sportswatch with Charles Jay" on KDWN in Las Vegas, "Total Action" on WAXY 790 in Miami, and "Charles Jay's Winning Edge", syndicated into 55 markets by the American Radio Networks. For the past 20 years, he has been a professional sports handicapper, and as a consultant to the casino industry from 1993-95, helped to launch Casino Magic in Mississippi as a major venue for sports promotions. Also, he's been a casino/sports gaming columnist for a number of leading publications, including Sports Form, Casino Player, Card Player, and The Gambler. In the 2000's, he became widely known as one of the world's leading proponents and experts on the subject of boxing reform, having been asked to appear on numerous panels and speak at officials' seminars. He was the author of "Operation Cleanup" and "Operation Cleanup 2: Unfinished Business" - two critically-acclaimed e-books that represent arguably the most comprehensive and in-depth examination of boxing reform issues ever put into publication. In 2004 he published a third electronic book - "Body Shots: Outside the Ring and Inside the Game of Pro Boxing". In 2003 he was the recipient of the "Dignity" Award, in the category of "Best Sports Writer," as bestowed by the Retired Boxers Foundation.

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