Chiefs aim to rebound quickly

19 October 2017 20:42:59 GMTPlus11

The Kansas City Chiefs arrive in Oakland on Thursday on the back of their first loss of the campaign, having fallen to the Pittsburgh Steelers last weekend.

Quarterback Alex Smith completed 19-of-34 for 246 and one touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, but rookie rushing sensation Kareem Hunt was held to just 21 yards on nine carries in the 19-13 loss.

Still, despite the setback, the Chiefs lead the Denver Broncos by two games in the AFC West Division race and will host the second-placed side a week from Monday.

Meanwhile, the Raiders entered the season as a side widely tipped to be in contention for a trip to the Super Bowl.

However, after opening with victories over the Tennessee Titans and the New York Jets, Oakland has lost four in a row to the Washington Redskins, Broncos, Baltimore Ravens and the Los Angeles Chargers.

Derek Carr returned for the Raiders against the Chargers after being injured in the Denver game earlier in the month, but the Oakland signal caller was picked off twice in the 17-16 defeat.

It was a result that leaves the Raiders in the cellar of the Division rather than challenging the Chiefs for the Division crown as anticipated.

In Denver the Broncos have been very much hit or miss, beating the Chargers, Dallas Cowboys and Oakland, while falling to the Buffalo Bills and the then winless New York Giants.

The return game with the Chargers is in LA this week in the first of three games on the road for Denver.

Kansas City follows, before the Broncos conclude their road swing against the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Denver are 26.00 to claim the AFC West title, with the Raiders 8.50 and the Chiefs 1.10.

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