The Las Vegas Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs meet in an AFC West showdown on Monday Night Football to wrap up Week 5 in the NFL. Here’s a look at how the two teams compare for tonight’s matchup:
Raiders Face Chiefs in AL West Rivalry
The Raiders and Chiefs meet for the first time this season in a division matchup at Arrowhead Stadium. Las Vegas picked up its first win of the season last weekend at home against the Denver Broncos. RB Josh Jacobs led the offense with 144 yards rushing on 28 carries and two touchdowns. Davonte Adams was also key in the victory, catching nine passes for 101 yards. The Raiders also did not turn the ball over and converted 50% of their third downs.
Kansas City won over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road in Week 4 by a score of 41-31, with Patrick Mahomes leading the offense. He completed 23 of 37 passes for 249 yards and three touchdowns and also picked up 34 yards on the ground and threw one interception on the day.
RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire led the rushing attack, carrying the ball 19 times for 92 yards and one touchdown, and Isiah Pacheco added 63 yards on 11 carries. TE Travis Kelce was the best receiver for the Chiefs, adding nine catches for 92 and a score.
Raiders Seek First Road Win
Las Vegas is 1-3 on the season and is last in the AFC West standings. They hope to avoid their third road loss and will give their best effort tonight with a bye coming up in Week 6. They also have momentum after a strong performance during their first division win last week.
The Raiders have an 8-2 record when Jacobs rushes for more than 100 yards, with their previous defeat in that situation coming against the Chiefs in 2019. They are a much better team when there’s less pressure put on QB Derek Carr to bring them from behind. Still, they will have to deal with a Kansas City defense that limited Jonathan Taylor and Leonard Fournette to a combined 68 yards on the ground in the previous two games.
Mahomes Looks For Another Big Game Against Vegas
The Chiefs are leading in the division standings with a 3-1 record and look to overwhelm the Raiders again this season as they have for the last several years. Mahomes is off to a fast start in 2022, with 1,106 passing yards and 11 touchdowns, and two interceptions.
He dominated Las Vegas in 2021, throwing for nearly 700 yards and seven TD passes with no interceptions. The Chiefs’ offense has still been able to score a lot of points after the loss of WR Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins and currently averages 32.3 points per game, which is tops in the NFL.
To win tonight, the Raiders need to get their ground game going, control the clock, and keep Mahomes on the sidelines. Their defense hasn’t been very good this year, and if they fall behind early, their chances of winning will become very slim. However, Mahomes should continue to perform at a high level, and the defense should be good enough to limit Jacobs on the ground and maybe force a couple of turnovers on defense.
The Chiefs will get a decisive win at home.