LAS VEGAS (6-6) Kansas City (8-4)
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. EST, CBS
TAKIM LINE: 9 1/2 heads, according to FanDuel Sportsbook
AGAINST RAIN: Las Vegas 5-7; Kansas City 5-7.
SERIES RECORD: Chiefs lead 69-54-2.
LAST MEETING: On Nov. 14 in Las Vegas, the Chiefs beat the Raiders 41-14.
Last week: The Raiders lost 17-15 to Washington; The Chiefs beat the Broncos 22-9.
RIGHTS RIGHTS: GENERAL (8), RASH (T27), PASS (2), GOALS (T17)
RAIDERS DEFENSE: GENERAL (19), CONFLICT (26), PASS (13), GOALS (26)
RIGHTS OF THE LEADERS: GENERAL (3), RASH (19), PASS (T5), GOALS (T13)
DEFENSE OF THE LEADERS: GENERAL (26), RASH (20), PASS (24), GOALS (8)
Rotation differential: Raiders plus-1; Heads minus-5.
RAIDERS PLAYER SEE: FS Jonathan Abram has been repeatedly selected by the bosses in the three games they have faced. Patrick Mahomes finished after all nine he threw in his first encounter with Abram, covering 14 to 198 yards and three TDs in three encounters throwing against him.
TOMORI’S LEADING PLAYER: DE Melvin Ingram played half a sack and three games to lose to Denver last week. His ability to put pressure on Raiders defender Derek Carr will help the defensive back field, which was shattered when the teams met in Las Vegas.
MAIN GAME: Mahomes and Kansas City went on the second attack in Las Vegas. Mahomes played another poor game against Denver last week, with a suspension for 184 yards and no TD passes. He tries to jump against the Raiders defense, which allows him to cover more than 230 yards per game.
MAIN JAHAORS: Raiders CB Trayvon Mullen (leg) could return for the first time in 4 weeks. TE Darren Waller (knee) and LB Denzel Perryman (ankle) were on the roster this week. LB Nick Kwiatkoski (ankle) and RB Kenyan Drake (ankle) went to the IR this week. … Chiefs CB Chris Lammons came out with an excellent ankle twist, although CB Rashad Fenton (knee) and RT Lucas Niang (ribs) could return this week.
SERIAL NOTES: The Chiefs have won seven of the last eight in the series, which began when the two teams were members of the AFL. The Raiders ’only win since the 2017 season came in the first game of last year, when Carr threw in 347 yards and 40-32 wins for three touchdowns. Mahomes hit 406 yards with five touchdowns and no choice in a 41-14 win for Kansas City earlier this season.
STATTA AND INFORMATION: The Chiefs are one game ahead of the Chargers and the Raiders and Broncos are two games ahead as they aim to win their sixth AFC Western Championship in a row. … The Raiders have lost four of their last five games. … Las Vegas scored just 50 percent of the red zone discs and was tied for third worst in the NFL. … Raiders WR Hunter Renfrow scored more than 100 yards in a row for the second time in his career. … Las Vegas Carr is 6-0 when throwing at least 300 yards, and 0-6 when not. … The Raiders have conceded 16 points or less six times, the most in 12 games since 2014. More were held in Houston alone (seven). … Raiders RB Josh Jacobs had a career-high nine catches last week, but only averaged 38 yards, the lowest yards in franchising history for a player with at least nine catches. … Las Vegas is ranked 30th in the NFL, accounting for 33.8% of the third decline. … Raiders rookie CB Nate Hobbs held his first INT last week. … LB Perryman has at least 10 shots in 10 of 12 games this season. … Las Vegas ranks first in the NFL with 6.38 yards per game in first downs. … Kansas City has won five games in a row and reached the second longest active streak in the NFL. … The captains have been 14-3 against the Raiders since Andy Reid took over as coach. … Reid needs one more win to reach a total of 100 with Kansas City. Marty Schottenheimer (101) and Hank Stram (124) are the only coaches to reach this milestone. … Kansas City have held their opponents to 17 or fewer points in each of their last five games. Six will reach the fourth longest series in franchise history. … Mahomes will need 73 yards to overtake Alex Smith (17,608) for the third time in Chiefs history. He has averaged at least 340 yards and two TDs in each of his last three games against Las Vegas. … Chiefs TE Travis Kelce won an assist in 123 games in a row. With six consecutive 1,000-yard reception seasons in NFL history, he needs 152 yards to reach the first narrow final. … WR Tyreek Hill needs to take 46 yards to reach 1,000 for the season. This would be his fourth time finishing in the Chiefs ’history, just behind Kelce. … Hill needs to catch a single TD to overtake third-placed Chris Burford (55) in franchise history. Two put Otis Taylor (57) in second place. … C Creed Humphrey and RG Trey Smith have started every game this season. They joined the Sylvester Hicks and Art Still teams in 1978, Brandon Carr and Glenn Dorsey in 2008, and are trying to become the third news pair to start each game. Against Denver.
FANTASY TIP: Hill and Kelce closed by Denver, teaming up for five catches and 47 yards. But rarely do they both stay for long, and you can bet that Reed and Mahomes will work together to bring the two playmakers into the game against Las Vegas. That means they can both be ready for the big game.
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