Fanduel NFL Week 7 NFL Picks 10/19/2017 Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders DFS Top Picks for Fanduel NFL and DraftKings
Kansas City won their first six games based on a strong running game and the playmaking of wide receiver Tyreek Hill. The speedy receiver was injured against Pittsburgh, suffering a possible concussion. However, after the game, head coach Andy Reid said the Chiefs cleared Hill after he and running back Charcandrick West were evaluated for concussions. The good news is that Hill should be fine but the unwelcome news was that Pittsburgh absolutely dominated the line of scrimmage against the Chiefs. Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell rushed for 179 yards on 32 carries yet the Chiefs still had a chance to win. With 3:24 left in the game, the Steelers had the ball, up 12-10. Ben Roethlisberger, on third-and-two, lofted a pass to Antonio Brown he raced down the sidelines to give the Steelers the 19-10 lead. The Chiefs added a Harrison Butker 33-yard field goal with 2:17 left but couldn’t get the ball back. Kansas City wound up with 223 passing yards but just 28 rushing yards on 15 carries. Rookie running back Kareem Hunt was held to 21 yards on nine carries. They also allowed 439 yards of total offense. Was this a wakeup called for the Chiefs? This was a team that had averaged 387 yards per game (2nd) and 134.8 rushing yards (5th) after the Steelers loss. Hunt has 630 rushing yards and six TDs, while Alex Smith has 1,637 passing yards with 12 TDs and no picks this season. The concern is on the defensive side of the ball, where they rank 29th in yards allowed per game and 26th in rushing yards allowed per game (130.7ypg). In their four-game losing streak, the Raiders have averaged 13.2 points per game. They lost Derek Carr for one game (Baltimore) due to injury but he came back to face the Chargers on Sunday. Carr was not great, completing 21 of 30 for 171 yards with one TD and two picks. He also didn’t get much help from the running game, save for a 47-yard run by wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson for a touchdown with 7:51 left in the game. That score gave the Raiders a 16-14 lead. Unfortunately, Oakland couldn’t hold onto the lead and their longtime tormenter, Phillip Rivers drove them down the field and Nick Novak booted a 32-yard field goal as time expired to give the Chargers the 17-16 win. Oakland struggled against Rivers, who threw for 268 yards and running back Melvin Gordon, who rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown. Gordon also caught nine passes for 67 yards and a score. The Raiders rank 30th in the NFL in yards per game (278.3) and 26th in passing yards per game (184.7). They allow 349.8 yards per game (23rd) and 117.2 yards on the ground (21st).
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