NFL Preview: Kansas City Chiefs vs Las Vegas Raiders Injury Updates, Predictions

Published 10/11/2020, 6:40 AM EDT
Sep 28, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) looks to throw as Baltimore Ravens linebacker Matthew Judon (99) defends during the first quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Reigning Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs have started their 2020 NFL season in epic fashion. Andy Reid’s boys remain unbeaten after four games and will be looking to extend their winning streak to five games this weekend.


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Patrick Mahomes has been impressive yet again as have his teammates Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins, Tyreek Hill, and rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

Meanwhile, Jon Gruden’s Las Vegas Raiders are on a two-game losing streak right now. They will face a tough task on Sunday against the Chiefs. Quarterback Derek Carr revealed his frustration after last weekend’s loss to the Buffalo Bills.


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The Raiders will look to get back to winning ways this Sunday, but can they thwart the free-flowing Kansas City offense? Here’s a detailed look at both teams, along with injury updates and Week Five game day predictions.


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Kansas City Chiefs looking to maintain unbeaten run in the 2020 NFL season

It’s been a terrific start to their title defense in 2020 thus far. The Chiefs are on a four-game winning streak at the moment, looking to make it five on Sunday.

Head Coach Andy Reid will be pleased with how his players have performed thus far, especially with all the external factors surrounding this year’s NFL campaign.

Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins, Tyreek Hill, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire will all be up for selection tonight as this Chiefs’ offense shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

They’ve been blessed as far as injuries are concerned with no major exclusions heading into Week Five except DE Mike Dana who is dealing with a hamstring issue.

Derek Carr-led Las Vegas Raiders excited for their Week Five challenge

After a dream 2-0 start to their 2020 NFL campaign, Jon Gruden’s Las Vegas Raiders have suffered back-to-back defeats over the last two weeks.

Quarterback Derek Carr painted a frustrated figure after last weekend’s 23-30 loss to the Bills, and will be looking to put in a strong display against the high-flying Chiefs, perhaps in the hopes of redeeming himself.

TE Darren Waller and WR Hunter Renfrow will be his biggest assets in the offensive department. But the Raiders defense will have to be at their absolute best if they intend on outsmarting the Chiefs at the Arrowhead Stadium. The likes of Jonathan Abraham, Maxx Crosby will have to put in an increased workload tonight.


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NFL Preview: Kansas City Chiefs vs Las Vegas Raiders Injury Updates

Kansas City – Out

DE Mike Dana – Hamstring

Las Vegas – Out

WR Bryan Edwards – Foot/Ankle


T Trent Brown – Calf

DT Maliek Collins – Shoulder/Illness

WR Rico Gafford – Hamstring

WR Henry Ruggs – Knee/Hamstring


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Chiefs vs Raiders Prediction

Kansas City Chiefs 32 – 20 Las Vegas Raiders


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Oct 4, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws the ball under pressure from Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (55) in the second quarter at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

We’re going to pick Patrick Mahomes and Co. to win this encounter. The Chiefs are 26-2 against AFC opposition. Even on their worst day, they’ve looked virtually impossible to beat. Monday’s win over New England was proof that Andy Reid’s boys are not afraid to ‘grind out’ a win.

The Raiders will need an almost ‘perfect day’ at the office if they want to win this one. The experienced Derek Carr has already shown he is up for a challenge in their Week Two win over the Drew Brees-led New Orleans Saints.


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But the question is, can he repeat the same performance tonight?


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