Las Vegas Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs Matchup Preview (11/12/2021)
By: Max Heering
The 5-3 Las Vegas Raiders will be playing the 5-4 Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday Night Football this week. The Raiders were mired in scandal last week after former Raider Henry Ruggs III was arrested and charged with a DUI resulting in death as well as reckless driving. The Raiders cut him immediately, but I am sure that sent a lot of the team into a tailspin. They ended up losing last week’s game 23-16 against a not-so-great New York Giants team. Quarterback Derek Carr threw two interceptions and neither one of the running backs found their way into the end zone.
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The Kansas City Chiefs won their game last week, but in a very unimpressive way. They beat an Aaron Rodgersless Green Bay Packers team 13-7. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for a measly 166 yards and one touchdown. The Chiefs offense only had 237 total yards. After a couple of years of complete dominance, the Chiefs have struggled a lot. This just may not be their year.
Raiders vs. Chiefs Predictions
These two teams are in very interesting positions. The Raiders have dealt with two large scandals this year (resulting in a head coach being fired and a starting wide receiver being cut) and arrested) and the Chiefs are struggling to play efficiently after making the last two Super Bowls and winning one of them.
This game could really go either way, but the Chiefs have the upper hand. They are playing at home in a stadium with notoriously loud fans. They also have a stronger roster than the Raiders, and Patrick Mahomes still has the ability to be a top quarterback in the NFL. This game will be close and come down to the wire, but I would bet on the Chiefs.