The 5-4 Kansas City Chiefs come into this game on the verge of collapse. Though they have a winning record, the Chiefs have looked terrible for weeks. The once unstoppable offense has cratered, scoring 20 points or less in four of their last five games. Patrick Mahomes, recognized as perhaps the best quarterback in the NFL coming into this season, has morphed into a turnover machine, with 10 interceptions and 5 fumbles on the year. The Chiefs defense has been porous, ranked 26th in the NFL and giving up 26 or more points in six out of nine games on the year. This Chiefs team is a long way from the Super Bowl contenders everyone expected this year, but there is still time to turn things around. The pedestrian performances of the rest of the conference has the last place Chiefs just a half game out of first place in the division and just one game back from the second seed in the AFC playoff race. If they go on a run the Chiefs can still win the division and secure a high seed in the playoffs.
The 5-3 Las Vegas Raiders come into this game off an ugly loss to the New York Giants last week. The Raiders do a lousy job running the ball and a lousy job defending the run. Nonetheless, the Raiders still sport top ten units both on offense and on defense. A win tonight against the Chiefs would be huge, keeping them at least tied for first place in the division. A loss could drop them into last place, depending on the outcome of other games this afternoon.
It’s the Chiefs and the Raiders in a game with major playoff ramifications for both teams on Sunday Night Football.
Enjoy the game everybody.