The Kansas City Chiefs, fresh off their exhilarating victory over the Green Bay Packers, find themselves in a very unusual position going into Saturday’s game against the Oakland Raiders. The last place Chiefs are favored to win by oddsmakers.
After opening the season as favorites the first two weeks of the season, the Chiefs have been underdogs almost every week since, including last Sunday against the Packers when they were staggering 14.5 point home underdogs.
Interim head coach Romeo Crennel’s squad is currently favored by one point over the Raiders. While such a small line virtually makes the game a PK, it still has to feel odd for the Chiefs to be expected to win.
When was the last time Kansas City found themselves as favorites? That would be six weeks ago when Tim Tebow and the 3-5 Denver Broncos came calling to Arrowhead Stadium. This time it’s the Raiders, losers of three in a row, including a heartbreaking 28-27 last second loss to the Detroit Lions last week.
The Raiders are one game ahead of the Chiefs, but both teams view the Christmas Eve showdown as a must win situation. If Kansas City falls, they are eliminated from the playoffs while Oakland can survive a loss though they would not only need the Broncos to lose their final two games, but also help within the NFL’s tie-breaking procedures.