NFL Underdog Pick Week 17
January 2nd
2016 - Special K  

Oakland Raiders (+7) at Kansas City Chiefs

In 2011, the Oakland Raiders went 8-8 under Hue Jackson. Reggie McKenzie came in and wanted to give the Raiders a fresh start so he fired Jackson after his first season. Since then, Raiders fans have suffered through 3 losing seasons in a row and Jackson has flourished as a coordinator in Cincinnati. Fast forward to 2015, Raiders management and fans would accept an 8-8 record this season as a huge success. When picking games in week 17, you really do have to factor in motivation of the teams playing. The Raiders are motivated to finish the season at 8-8 and head into 2016 on a positive note. Even though the Chiefs clinched a playoff spot, they are motivated as well to win the AFC West division. A win and a Broncos loss would make the Chiefs division champs.

The Chiefs beat the Raiders 34-20 a few weeks ago in Oakland. Don't let that score fool you. The Raiders were winning that game 20-14 going into the 4th quarter but a series of Derek Carr mistakes and an opportunistic Chiefs defense put that game away. The Chiefs were outgained 361 to 232 yards in total offense and were dominated in time of possession. The Raiders offense is the main reason I like them as an underdog this week. The Raiders can put up points and I expect the Chiefs to rest Hali and Houston for the playoffs. Andy Reid has also been known to rest starters in the past as well so I will gladly take 7 points and the Raiders in this matchup.

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