NFL Week 8 Pick: Lock Of the Week
The AFC West takes center stage in Week 8 as the Oakland Raiders head to Kansas City to battle the Chiefs. The Raiders have struggled to put a good team on the field the last few years, but they have always been a tough team to play within division. Now heading to Arrowhead stadium, one of the toughest places to play they will have to see if they are up for a challenge.
The Chiefs have fallen on some hard times. They started the season with high expectations and have become one of the most successful running teams in the NFL, but turnovers have proved to be costly as this team has ranked near the bottom of the NFL in turnover ratio all season long. To top things off, the Chiefs are not mired in a full-blown quarterback controversy. Brady Quinn will get the start this week against the Raiders, but Matt Cassel is waiting in the wings to take over.
The Raiders are off an overtime win against the Jacksonville Jaguars and if not for a last minute collapse against the Falcons they would be on a two-game winning streak. Carson Palmer is under center and is finally getting back his full arsenal of weapons. The defense of the silver and black started off slow, but they are starting to play as a cohesive unit.
The NFL trends in this game and in this series favor the Raiders. The Raiders are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Kansas City, the underdog is 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 meetings, and the road teams is 20-5-1 ATS in their last 26 meetings.
The Chiefs are 1-4 ATS when playing a team with a losing record and they will lose again to the Raiders. That is why in week 8, the Oakland Raiders are the lock of the week.