Can they slow down Patrick Mahomes? I don't think so. Chiefs will roll again to another road victory, even without Tyreek Hill.
The Chiefs (1-0) have a defense in transition, but the offense is ridiculous even without Tyreek Hill. The Raiders (1-0) looked improved on Monday night, but holding down Kansas City is a borderline impossible chore.
The Chiefs put up 75 points and nearly 900 yards of offense in two meetings against the Raiders last year. Facing this offense is like going from summer-league rookie ball to the All-Star Game after Oakland stymied Denver just enough for a 24-16 Week 1 win as 2.5-point underdogs.
Hey, who needs Antonio Brown? Apparently not the Raiders, who looked perfectly fine without him in their 24-16 victory against the Broncos. But the Raiders will need more than that against the Chiefs and their seemingly unstoppable offense.
Kansas City is the far better football team. The Chiefs also are on a good run against the Raiders (6-3 ATS in the teams’ last nine head-to-head matchups) and the AFC West in general (16-8 ATS since 2015) in recent years. Don’t overreact to Oakland’s Week 1 showing against Denver.
Are the Raiders that much better, or are the Broncos really bad? It’s tough to tell after one week. I do know the Chiefs’ offense is still great, even without Tyreek Hill.
The Raiders looked good Monday night, especially on defense. Kansas City has more firepower, but this is close.
The Chiefs are without Tyreek Hill, which hurts, and Patrick Mahomes was banged up in Week 1. As good as the offense looked, there are still serious question marks about the KC defense, and a second straight road game — in the division, no less — is a tough spot.
Kansas City’s defense is so bad that it allowed Gardner Minshew to have a historic debut when the rookie suddenly had to take over as Jacksonville’s quarterback. Oakland’s offensive line appears to be much better than anticipated. The Chiefs should win a high-scoring game that could easily be decided by a touchdown or less.
The Broncos recorded a total of ZERO QB hits against the Raiders in Week 1 and their pass rush is much better than Kansas City’s. The Chiefs also allowed the second-most yards per play in Week 1. Derek Carr will have time to throw and Josh Jacobs will feast on a Chiefs rush defense that hasn’t been good ever since the start of last year.
So with the Chiefs (1-0) traveling to Oakland to face a fierce A.F.C. West rival in the Raiders (1-0), it’s with a reasonable amount of certainty that you can predict a Kansas City victory. But any anticipation of a blowout ignores the Raiders looking improved from last season and the fact that Mahomes has typically saved his laughers for home games.