Oakland Raiders 2010 NFL Predictions, NFL PIcks Week 9 & Vegas Odds: Two old AFC West rivals renew their classic series during week nine of the NFL picks season and, for the first time in a long time, the game actually means something in the overall NFL betting standings. The Kansas City Chiefs (5-2) visit the Oakland Raiders (4-4) with divisional dominance on the line. Vegas odds makers opened this week 9 NFL predictions contest with the Raiders as -2 point favorites at home, but have since made this an even money NFL pick and have the Vegas odds postetd at 0(-110).
Oakland has been on a roll, winning three of their past four NFL predictions contests, including 59-14 and 33-3 victories. This NFL picks season, the Raiders feature a powerful running game ranked second in the NFL and a strong pass defense. Darren McFadden was racked-up 276 rushing yards the past two games, showing the skills of a high first round draft pick. Jason Campbell reclaimed his starting role as quarterback and has produced two productive NFL picks victories. Tight end Zach Miller and receiver Darrius Heyward-Bay continue to be his top targets. The defense has been terrific heading into this week 9 NFL predictions battle, showing a strong pass rush, and an ability to turn turnovers into touchdowns. The Raiders only have forced 11 turnovers all NFL picks season but two have been returned for scores.
Kansas City has seen a rebirth this NFL predictions season on the strength of the NFL’s number one passing game. Jamaal Charles leads the team in rushing with 666 yards and two touchdowns, and Thomas Jones has shown why he was a free-agent pick-up, rushing for 538 yards and three touchdowns. The combination of Matt Cassell and Dwayne Bowe have come-on in recent weeks too, though the team only scored 13 points in an overtime win last week. Defensively, the Chiefs have improved from one of the worst units in the league to an effective group, especially against the run, but have had their difficulties in pass defense. Kansas City would like to get more pressure on the quarterback, especially from someone other than Tamba Hall would has half the team’s sacks.
This week 9 NFL picks contest will be decided by who wins the battles up front as both teams want to run the ball and wear down the opposition. Oakland has been the hottest team in the NFL during the past two weeks so look for that trend to continue as the Raiders cover the Vegas Odds and win at home.
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