Raiders overcome early season slide to move into tie for 1st

Updated AFC West standings after Week 13

Updated AFC West standings after Week 13

The only reason to consider backing the Kansas City Chiefs here is because it's pretty much a must-win game, as they need to snap a four-game losing streak and take control of the AFC West. The Chiefs were favored by three points for that game but Oakland came out on top 31-30. That makes this a massive game for Oakland in terms of the division standings, because a sweep would win a tiebreaker.

The Chiefs have a very easy schedule from here on out, but that's exactly what we said about the last 3 games against the New York Giants, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills.

The Chiefs opened as four-point favorites; the total was 47.5 early in the week, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. It was the Kansas City Chiefs' division to lose, and they've done just that in the past month and a half. They can win here too with another good effort. With their next two games coming against the Raiders and Chargers, this is put up or shut up time.

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Seemingly all the betting trends in this divisional matchup favor Kansas City. The Chargers follow on December 16, a Saturday night game that will also be played at Arrowhead. They've also lost six of their last seven games. They beat up on the teams they should and then lose to everyone else. The Chiefs have won five of the past six meetings and have gone 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games versus AFC West opponents. That will not happen, as Kansas City has owned Oakland recently.

There's no underselling the importance of the next two games for the Chiefs, who have slumped their way into a first-place tie with the Raiders and Chargers.

Look for Kansas City to win its fifth in a row over Oakland at home and improve to 4-1 ATS during that stretch. Smith has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last eight games. Check out Twitter for injury and line-movement updates and the OddsShark YouTube page for picks and analysis, or download the free odds tracker app.

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