NFL Week 15 odds: Kansas City at Oakland
Riding three consecutive 100-yard games, Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles looks to help guide Kansas City to its ninth victory in its last 10 visits to Oakland without top receiver Dwayne Bowe when these AFC West rivals meet Sunday. He scampered for an 80-yard touchdown on the first play of last Sunday’s 30-7 loss to Cleveland, finishing with 165 yards for the struggling Chiefs (2-11).
Charles last rushed for over 100 yards in four straight games during the last four weeks of the 2009 season. To match that mark he’ll have to overcome a Raiders defense likely focused on stopping the run with Bowe missing at least this contest with injured ribs.
Oakland, which has lost six straight since beating the Chiefs, and Kansas City each are allowing 131.2 rushing yards per game — tied for 26th in the NFL — and the Raiders (3-10) hope to get some production from their top back as well. Darren McFadden, who ran for a season-high 114 yards in the first meeting, rushed 11 times for 52 yards before tweaking his already injured right ankle in the fourth quarter of last Thursday’s 26-13 loss to Denver.
Neither team is particularly proficient when it comes to converting on third down. In Week 14 the Chiefs converted on just one of their 11 opportunities against the Browns while the Raiders converted on just two of their eight chances against Denver. The Chiefs have the league’s fifth-ranked run game, averaging 149.2 yards per game, and should be able to keep themselves in relatively short third-down situations. Oakland is ranked 26th in run defense.
WAGERWEB.COM OPENING LINE:Raiders -2.5 (42.5). Check current lines
CHIEFS NOTES: Club has won 8 of past 9 games at Oakland … QB BRADY QUINN aims for 1st win with Chiefs as starter against AFC West opponent. Quinn has won 3 of his past 4 starts in Dec. Club averages 149.2 rush yards per game, best in AFC … In past 5, RB JAMAAL CHARLES has averaged 117.2 rush yards per game (586 total). Aims for 4th consecutive game with 100 rush yards. Registered 2nd rush TD of 80 yards in ’12 last week … WR DEXTER MCCLUSTER had TD reception in last game vs. Raiders…LB TAMBA HALI (61.5) has 3rd-most sacks in Chiefs annals (HOFer DERRICK THOMAS, 126.5; NEIL SMITH, 85.5). Hali (8) & LB JUSTIN HOUSTON (10) aim to become 1st Chiefs duo since Neil Smith (11.5) & Derrick Thomas (11) in 1994 to each register double-digit sacks. Houston has 5 sacks in 6 career games in Dec … DE TYSON JACKSON has 3 sacks in past 4 … CB BRANDON FLOWERS had 2 INTs & 58-yard INT-return TD in last game at Oak … Defense had 6 INTs in last game at Oak, tied for 2nd-most in game in Chiefs history.
RAIDERS NOTES: QB CARSON PALMER (3,805) needs 195 passing yards to join RICH GANNON (4,689 in 2002) as only 2nd QB in Raiders history to reach 4,000 in season. Palmer is averaging 307.7 passing yards per game at home in ’12. Palmer is 4-2 as starter vs. KC … RB DARREN MC FADDEN has 2 career games with 100 rush yards vs. KC (164, 114). Raiders are 9-2 (.818) when McFadden has 100 rush yards. Registered 6-yard TD catch last week, 1st TD rec. of season. RB MARCEL REECE has 472 receiving yards in ’12, most among NFL RBs … WR DENARIUS MOORE has career-best 6 TD catches in this season. For career, WR DARRIUS HEYWARD-BEY averages 19.3 yards per catch vs. KC. In past 2, rookie WR ROD STREATER has 7 receptions for 196 yards (28 avg.) with 1 TD … TE BRANDON MYERS leads AFC TEs with 70 receptions in 2012 … LB PHILIP WHEELER has team-best 97 tackles … CB PHILLIP ADAMS had INT & 2 passes defensed last week against Broncos … DE LAMARR HOUSTON aims for 3rd straight game with sack.
WAGERWEB.COM TRENDS: Chiefs are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings in Oakland. Under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings in Oakland. Under is 16-5 in the last 21 meetings. Underdog is 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 meetings. Chiefs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings. Road team is 21-5-1 ATS in their last 27 meetings.