Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs betting odds have 95 percent of the reporting online sports books offering this one up with a line of Kansas City -3 ½. BetOnline.com had your odds here plus a big signup bonus.
Aside from last season when the Raiders beat KC by 3 points, the Chiefs have won 9 of the last 10 games in this series dating back to the 2003 season.
While Kansas City was considered the worst of the NFL teams by odds makers coming into this season, they actually played the Patriots well in New England and looked capable of beating the Brady-less team. The score was kept to 10-17. Kansas City nearly pulled off a monumental upset Sunday, losing to New England 17-10 after the Patriots stopped the Chiefs near the goal line in the last minute of the game. Oakland, on the other hand, got clobbered by Denver Monday night. No last second stoppage there.
Nearly 90 percent of the action is going Kansas City's way in this one with both the spread and the money line. And the line has only moved a mere half point since opening - with odds makers trying to get action on KC we might add.
Gambling911.com believes this line should be set closer to -10 so it appears the money is going towards the right team and it's questionable as to why the odds makers are not moving this line further up. We could see some 4's and 4 ½'s come game time. Historic trends suggest a Kansas City win, but by how much? A few of their games have been close. A few have not.
Obviously, the Chiefs are still viewed as a woeful team by the skeptics.
One of the problems is they have a quarterback concern of their own. Brodie Croyle will miss two to four weeks with a separated shoulder. Kansas City plans to move forward with a two-quarterback system for now.
Veteran Damon Huard gets the nod against the Raiders, but 24-year-old Tyler Thigpen should see plenty of action as well.
"He'll get to play. Whether he starts, we'll determine that," Chiefs coach Herman Edwards said of Thigpen. "But he is going to play. You don't have to worry about that."
Huard has stepped in before and had some success. He went 5-3 as a starter in 2006, throwing 11 touchdowns and one interception in relief of Trent Green. Last season, he started 10 games as Croyle battled injuries.
"There are some things we do offensively that Tyler and Brodie do very well," Edwards said. "There are some things Damon can do that offsets what they do. When Tyler plays, it's a little bit different than when Damon plays."
The Raiders committed 10 penalties, including five personal fouls. Their secondary, expected to be the defense's strong suit, was shredded by Jay Cutler and the Broncos. New cornerback DeAngelo Hall was beaten several times and committed two of the personal foul infractions.
A lot of people will question why we think the line should be set at Kansas City -10 in this game. But there is a rationale here. Oakland, we think is just so much worse a team than the Chiefs, and in Arrowhead Stadium, their odds get that much longer.
Where odds makers are concerned, perception dictates that the line could probably go up to -6 without everyone jumping on the Raiders bandwagon. We'll have to wait and see.
In any event, that -3 ½ line is set way too low, as was the -4 opening line. Competition between quarterbacks on the same team may really help to solidify the win here for Kansas City.
Mary Montgomery, Gambling911.com