The Chiefs and QB Alex Smith lost serious ground in the playoff hunt in a loss to the Raiders just three weeks ago. Can they avenge it today?
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The Kansas City Chiefs host the Oakland Raiders in Week 15 of the NFL season.
Back in Week 12, the previously 0-10 Raiders shocked the football world by beating the Chiefs and getting their first win of the season – seriously damaging the Chiefs playoff hopes in the process. Following that win they were annihilated in a 52-0 shutout loss to the St. Louis Rams, but got redemption with an upset win over the San Francisco 49ers last week. After winning two of their last three, the Rams feel good about their future with QB Derek Carr even though the present is exceedingly bleak. There will likely be sweeping changes to the front office and coaching staff yet again as the team continues its pursuit of a winning season for the first time in over decade.
The Chiefs, who were 7-3 prior to their game against the Raiders and coming off a 5-game winning streak, have now lost three in a row and are behind the curve in the AFC playoff picture. With games still to play against the Steelers and Chargers – both playoff contenders – the Chiefs may need to go undefeated just to have a shot at the postseason. Thankfully, with the help of efficient offense by QB Alex Smith and RB Jamaal Charles continuing to be one of the best backs in football, the Chiefs have a very good chance to get back on track this week.
Prediction: Chiefs – Inside the noise asylum that is Arrowhead Stadium the Chiefs have been one of the toughest to beat in football. They’ve beaten the Seahawks, Patriots and Rams (three great teams) there and have only two losses there this season. The Raiders have been terrible on the road, losing every single game away from Oakland this year and have been outscored 65-6 in their last two road games. If the Chiefs can’t beat the Raiders at home, they probably don’t deserve to go to the playoffs anyway.