The Kansas City Chiefs have won two games in a row, but that hasn’t stopped them from being viewed as underdogs. Both the winless Minnesota Vikings and Indianapolis Colts were favored over the Chiefs and now the Oakland Raiders — playing without injured starting QB Jason Campbell — are also giving points to Todd Haley & Co.
The Raiders, led by less-than-spectacular Kyle Boller, are three point favorites over the Chiefs.
After opening the season as 5.5 point favorites over the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City has been given points in every game this season ranging from two (Vikings) to 15 (Chargers).
The Chiefs haven’t won after a bye week since 2006, but are in prime position to do just that when they head into the Black Hole Sunday. Not only are the Raiders playing without Campbell, but they are due for an emotional letdown after their emotional victory last week over the Cleveland Browns. That game was the first after the passing of owner Al Davis and seemed to take a lot out of head coach Hue Jackson.
With a dreadful stretch of games against the Patriots, Steelers, Bears, Jets and Packers set to start next month, the Chiefs need to make noise over these next four games (three in the division) if they are going to have any hope of defending their AFC West championship.