NFL Week 18: Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders Game Preview

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The Kansas City Chiefs are set to travel to Allegiant Stadium to take on the Las Vegas Raiders in a week eighteen divisional matchup. The Chiefs come into the game with a record of 13-3 and currently sit in first place in the AFC West, holding a three game lead over the Los Angeles Chargers. On the flip side, the Raiders enter the contest with a record of 6-10 and are currently in third place in the AFC West. The Raiders have fallen well short of expectations this season. The offense has still struggled even with the addition of Devante Adams and it is clear that Derrick Carr’s time in Las Vegas has come to an end. The first time these two teams faced off, the Chiefs narrowly won the game by a final score of 30-29. While the Raiders do not have too much left to play for this season, the Chiefs have a chance to clinch home field advantage with a win. 

Kansas City Chiefs Look to Keep Hopes of Obtaining Home Field Advantage Alive With Win

The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off of a 27-24 win against the Denver Broncos. While this was not the most impressive performance from the Chiefs, they still did what was necessary to get the job done. However, they may have to play at a higher level this week to take down the Raiders.

As previously mentioned, if the Chiefs lose this game, they likely will not end up with home field advantage through the playoffs. While this is not a death sentence for their Super Bowl chances, any advantage a team can get in the postseason should be taken full advantage of. Kansas City should be able to take care of business this week. They have a much more well constructed roster than Las Vegas. As long as their defense does not suffer a major collapse, they should have no issues bringing home a win. 

Las Vegas Raiders Hope to Pull Off Massive Upset

Last week, the Las Vegas Raiders were narrowly defeated by the San Francisco 49ers by a final score of 37-34. This was a very impressive performance from the Raiders as the 49ers are one of the top teams in the NFC. Taking them to overtime is a huge accomplishment, especially with Jarrett Stidham starting at quarterback. 

While the Raiders are outmatched on paper this week, they have done a great job of making games competitive this season. They have already proven that they can hang with the Chiefs this season. If Stidham is able to limit his turnovers this week and the Raiders are able to get the rushing attack going, they may be able to steal a win and shake up the standings at the top of the AFC. They will have to have a big game from the offense as it is very unlikely that the defensive unit will be able to do much to slow down Mahomes and the Chiefs.