The Kansas City Chiefs, as it turns out, weren't all that happy with the reaction of the Las Vegas Raiders when the guys in Silver and Black came into Arrowhead Stadium and pulled off an upset in Week 5.
And so maybe we'll find out how fired up that can get the defending Super Bowl champs, and exactly what they'll do about it.
The Chiefs and Raiders will battle with each other on NBC at 8:20 PM ET on Sunday night, with the game taking place at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
Here are the NFL odds on this Sunday night game, as they are posted at BetOnline, home of Odds Booster:
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS at LAS VEGAS RAIDERS, 8:20 PM ET
NFL Sunday Night Odds
Kansas City Chiefs -7.5 (-105)
Las Vegas Raiders +7.5 (-115)
Over 56 Points -114
Under 56 Points -106
Here's the back story with that first meeting - after the Raiders toppled the Chiefs 40-32, ending KC's 13-game win streak, Jon Gruden's team was so beside itself that it hopped in the team bus and took a victory lap around Arrowhead.
This was not well-received by Andy Reid, who explained that "it's not our style." Meaning that it is no acceptable to them on any level.
Gruden pivoted quickly when he was asked about it at a press conference. He actually, well, threw the bus driver under the bus, in effect blaming it on him.
I'm not sure that makes any difference to the Chiefs. But the more pertinent question here is, will it make any difference in what happens in the game?
NFL bettors should probably pay attention to stuff like this. We say that because the urge for payback can sometimes prompt that extra time out to add that extra TD you want to score when the game has already been decided. When you are in revenge mode, you're not exactly all that interested in winning by a single point as a 7.5-point favorite.
If you want to make a fundamental argument, both sides have a case. The Raiders, who are 6-3, are right there in the playoff mix, as they were tied with Miami and Baltimore for wild card spots at the beginning of play on Sunday. So they have obviously done some things right. A case in point would be Derek Carr, who's been to three Pro Bowls as a quarterback, threw for 347 yards in the first meeting, and has tossed only two INT's all season.
But guess what? Patrick Mahomes has him beat there.
Nick Foles, the former Chief QB and Super Bowl MVP, had 27 TD's and two interceptions in 2013. Well, Mahomes has thrown for 25 touchdowns with only ONE interception.
The Chiefs aren't running the ball any more frequently, really, than they did last season. But they have an impressive lead back. Clyde Edwards-Helaire has averaged 4.7 yards a carry, and of course he catches passes, which was one thing Mahomes and Reid loved about him when they had the chance to draft him.
One thing KC is doing about the same is defending against the run, as they're surrendering 4.8 yards per carry. Yes, that creates an opening for Josh Jacobs to do some business; the Raiders had 203 rush yards against Denver last week.
But we have to follow Reid, in the sense that he has proven to be so successful when coming off a bye week, winning 18 of 21 games (that's with the Chiefs and Eagles). And the Chiefs are truly road warriors (is it politically correct to say such a thing?), as they have an 8-0 SU, 7-1 ATS run going.
Yeah, we're laying points, but what does Las Vegas really derive out of this "home field advantage"? Tampa Bay ripped them at Allegiant already. And the Raiders had to take ten of their defensive players out of practice this week because of Covid concerns (at least seven of them were taken off the list). Gruden hates that kind of distraction.
OK- it's payback and KANSAS CITY.
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