After upsetting the Chiefs in Week 5, the Raiders look to duplicate their success against Kansas City in Week 11. Our staff at Silver and Black Today provide their predictions for the Chiefs vs. Raiders Week 11 contest.
The Chiefs vs. Raiders matchup takes center stage on prime time television from Las Vegas on Sunday Night Football. The Raiders enter Week 11 having won four of their last five games, including victories over all three AFC West opponents. Las Vegas has shown once before that they have the firepower to hang with the Chiefs, but beating a team for a second time can be a strenuous task.
The Chiefs enter the contests after serving their bye week, giving them a full two weeks to prepare for the Raiders. Kansas City sits with a record of 8-1, but that one loss is quite singifcant as they fell short to the Raiders in their first meeting this season.
Friday’s injury report indicates the Raiders are nearing a much healthier squad than they’ve had in previous weeks. Defensive tackle Maurice Hurst (ankle) and running back Jalen Richard (chest), are both listed as questionable for Sunday’s game.
The Chiefs however, have a couple prominent players currently banged up. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins (hamstring), and offensive lineman Mike Remmers (ribs), are listed as questionable. Additionally, defensive end Taco Charlton (ankle), and offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz (back), are listed as out for the Week 11 contest.
Here’s our staff predictions for Sunday’s action inside Allegiant Stadium on Sunday Night Football:
Moe Moton, Sr. Columnist
Offensively, this matchup could come down to finesse versus physicality. Going into Sunday’s game, the Kansas Chiefs have the No. 1 passing attack while the Las Vegas Raiders ran for an average of 190.7 yards over their last three games. This Chiefs vs. Raiders game has some interesting matchups but it will come down to one or two key plays, I believe.
Both offenses should put up points, but the team that comes up with a key stop late in the game will win this contest. The Raiders’ defense will take advantage of right tackle Mitchell Schwartz’s absence (back) and sweep the season series. Raiders 35, Chiefs 32 (overtime)
Nick Cothrel, Staff Writer
Based on the recent level of play that the Raiders have shown from their defensive unit, combined with their consistent offense, this game should be very level-headed. However, with the Chiefs coming off their bye week, allowing coach Andy Reid more time to prepare, that always poses a dangerous formula for opposing teams. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is playing at an MVP level once again, but Derek Carr and the Raiders have also shown a variety of ways to move the football. With that said, I would expect another AFC West shootout that remains close. Chiefs 35, Raiders 31
Phil Robinson III, Staff Writer
This is a tough game to call. The way the Raiders beat the Chiefs in Week 5 is virtually the same way they’ve won most of their games. With a power rushing attack, big-play wide receivers and by winning the time of possession battle.
The defense has come together, surging against lower competition, but this will be a large test. The Chiefs’ offensive line is patchworked after a slew of injuries. They will be without Mitchell Schwartz, Kelechi Osemele and several guys will be playing nicked up. Mecole Hardman is a question mark and Sammy Watkins is returning from injury. Make no mistake, the Chiefs will be fully focused and bringing true rivalry intensity. This Chiefs vs. Raiders matchup is going to be football at its best.
The final outcome may very well come down to a battle of execution and minimizing negative plays. Down to which offense is able to outexecute the opposing defense and offense. Both offenses lit up the scoreboard in the first matchup, but the offense which makes the least amount of mistakes will emerge victoriously. The game comes down to the last possession and Derek Carr brings it home to sweep the Chiefs. Raiders 38, Chiefs 35.
Scott Gulbransen, Founder/Publisher
The hype machine for Chiefs vs. Raiders will continue through kickoff but this comes down to a game of execution on both sides. The Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes are an offensive juggernaut — to deny that is foolish. Kansas City will score points and have revenge on its mind. That, in my book, makes them dangerous. Yet, the Raiders’ defense continues to show signs of life and had their best overall game in the first matchup. I expect them to give up points, and a big play here and there, but play well. That despite the COVID-19 distraction and the lack of practice for key players.
This game will come down to the Raiders’ offense. Can Derek Carr and that offensive line come close to what they did against the Chiefs the first time? If so, they have a great shot of winning this game. Because almost no one is giving them a chance to win this game, I like their chances. Confidence is high, they’re playing at home on Sunday Night Football, and they have something to prove to the rest of the league. I’ll stick with my dream which showed the Raiders winning a lower scoring than expected game as time expires. The Raiders arrive and the world can no longer deny Jon Gruden’s rebuild is progressing nicely. Raiders 34, Chiefs 31.
This Chiefs vs. Raiders matchup could end up being one of those great AFC West grudge matches that have defined this long-running rivalry. The Raiders have a chance to establish themselves with a signature win in their new home.