Las Vegas Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs will face each other in one of the most exciting matches of the NFL 2021 Week 10. The hosts want to enter the post-season, but they need to stabilize their form in the coming weeks. The away side had a slow start, but they improved their game in the past few rounds.
Las Vegas still tops the division standings, but it’s going to be a tough battle between all teams for the playoffs spot. The home side lost three times on the previous five occasions, and they should get back on the winning track. On the other hand, Kansas City booked three wins in the last four weeks and returned to the post-season spot race. A victory in this clash could see the visitors leveled with their upcoming rival.
Las Vegas Raiders – Can they be more consistent?
The Raiders had a strong start to the campaign, but they had several hiccups in the past few weeks. Nevertheless, they still sit on the top of the AFC West with a 5-3 record, but all four teams from the division have a chance to advance. Las Vegas goes to this clash after losing to the Giants in the previous round, although they were considered favorites. Although they held New York to only 245 yards in the offense, the Raiders made three turnovers that cost them a victory. Derek Carr passed for 296 yards, with a touchdown and a pair of interceptions.
Las Vegas’ starting quarterback Carr has thrown for 2,565 yards this season, with 13 TDs and seven picks. The Raiders haven’t generated too many yards in the ground game, and the best rushed is Josh Jacobs with 280 rushing yards and five scores. Besides him, only Kenyan Drake and Peyton barber gained over 100 rushing yards. Darren Waller, Henry Ruggs III, and Hunter Renfrow lead the receiving department with 1387 yards combined, along with a total of seven touchdowns. On the other hand, Denzel Perryman dominates in the defensive corps with 91 total tackles, while Yannick Ngakoue logged a team-high six tackles.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Josh Jacobs, Hunter Renfrow, Bryan Edwards, Zay Jones, Darren Waller, Alec Ingold, Kolton Miller, John Simpson, Andre James, Alex Leatherwood, Brandon Parker
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Maxx Crosby, Quinton Jefferson, Johnathan Hankins, Yannick Ngakoue, Cory Littleton, Denzel Perryman, K.J. Wright, Nate Hobbs, Johnathan Abram, Tre’von Moehrig, Casey Hayward Jr.
Quarter Back: Derek Carr
Kicker: Daniel Carlson
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Kansas City Chiefs – Will they continue with good displays?
Although they haven’t shined lately, the Chiefs celebrated three times in the last four weeks. That streak saw them improving to a 5-4 record, having just one defeat more than their upcoming rivals. Kansas City comes from a 13-7 win against the weakened Packers and needs to do better in the offense to continue their streak. They gained only 237 yards in the offense, with Patrick Mahomes throwing for 166 yards on 20-37 with one touchdown.
Mahomes has passed for 2,534 yards this season, with 20 TDs and ten picks, while the opponent defenders sacked him 17 times. Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams lead the rushing department with a combined 604 yards and four scores. Patrick Mahomes also contributed in the ground game with 227 rushing yards and a touchdown. Tyreek Hill has been dominant in the receiving corps with 772 yards and six touchdowns, while Travis Kelce gained 628 receiving yards. Nick Bolton stands out on defense with 71 total tackles, while Mike Danna and Chris Jones combined for six sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Darrel Williams, Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson, Travis Kelce, Michael Burton, Orlando Brown Jr., Joe Thuney, Creed Humphrey, Trey Smith, Andrew Wylie
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Chris Jones, Jarran Reed, Derrick Nnadi, Frank Clark, Nick Bolton, Anthony Hitchens, Willie Gay, Rashad Fenton, Tyrann Mathieu, Juan Thornhill, L’Jarius Sneed
Quarter Back: Patrick Mahomes
Kicker: Harrison Butker
Expert Pick #1 – Las Vegas Raiders +2.5 @-105
I’m surprised to see the Chefs as favorites here since they haven’t impressed despite winning twice in a row. They barely beat the Giants, while the Packers were heavily weakened. Although the Raiders have been inconsistent lately, they play well in front of the home fans, and they should cover the number here. I’ll back them ATS as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Under 52.5 @-115
Kansas City has many talented players, but they just don’t do well in the offensive department. Their last four games stayed under the margin while Las Vegas plays hot and cold. I’m leaning towards the Under in this one as well, and it’s going to be my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Raiders & Under 56.5 @+250
It wouldn’t surprise me if the Raiders win this match, and I wanted to boost odds for the third pick. The best way to do that is by combining it with the totals market. If the hosts win in a match with no more than 56 points, we can count on excellent returns.