Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders chase history – and first place

Add in Denver also being a factor in the division …“It just shows how good our division is,” Raiders quarterback Derek Carr says.“I think it’s a cool thing to be honest. 28 Chicago (plus 8) at No. Straight up: (112-78-2)Best bet: 7-6 against spread, 8-5 straight up.Upset special: 5-7-1 against spread, 5-8 straight up 29 New York Jets (plus 2 1/2) at No. COLTS will come through indoors.No. 21 Arizona (plus 2 1/2) at No. I think it’s awesome. 24 PhiladelphiaWashington needs this one much more than spiralling Eagles.WASHINGTON, 28-25No. 17 IndianapolisWouldn’t be shocked to see Texans fall entirely out of AFC South race.COLTS, 22-14No. They save all these division games for the end, so it’ll be fun. 22 San Diego (plus 1) at No. 1 Dallas (minus 2 1/2) at No. 4 in AP Pro32). 11 New York GiantsCowboys put division and perhaps a lot more to bed.COWBOYS, 24-16No. Few games get the juices flowing more than a showdown for first place. Who cares? Competition brings the best out of everybody. 16 TennesseeTitans not quite ready for this big a step.Upset special: BRONCOS, 20-16No. 30 JacksonvilleThe Gus Bradley countdown continues, even against slumping Vikings.VIKINGS, 13-12No. 20 BuffaloThat ugly non-playoff streak gets longer for Bills.STEELERS, 20-16No. The Raiders are 4-point underdogs at one of the toughest buildings to succeed in, particularly this chilly time of year. 32 ClevelandMany are pointing to this as Browns’ only win. 14 Green BaySeahawks are banged-up right now, but so are Packers.SEAHAWKS, 22-20No. 16 Minnesota (minus 3) at No. 3, AP Pro 32) has won six in a row, its last defeat coming at home to KC (No. Throw in one of sports’ greatest rivalries, and the blood starts percolating.That’s what we could be in for on Thursday night at Arrowhead Stadium when the Raiders (10-2) visit the Chiefs (9-3) for the AFC West lead.Going all the way back to the AFL, this is as good a rivalry as the NFL has, and when it has extra meaning – watch out. 27 Los AngelesNow that Bucs have caught them, Falcons get things right – this week, at least.FALCONS, 24-17No. 2 New England, MondayRavens will make it close, but won’t pull off upset.PATRIOTS, 23-19No. 9 Falcons (minus 4 1/2) at No. 15 MiamiDid real Cardinals show up last week, and will they do so again? Hope so …CARDINALS, 26-24No. 23 New Orleans (plus 1) at No. Plus, the Chiefs have won four straight against the Raiders.Bring it on.“Week 1 we were saying it was the most important thing, and as you get down the line they get bigger and bigger,” Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith says.“That’s the great thing about this time of the year, the stages get bigger and more meaningful. We’re not.BENGALS, 28-16No. We’re looking forward to it. Neither team seemed to last week.JETS, 13-12Last week: Against spread (6-8-1). It’ll be an awesome environment on top of a huge rivalry.”Oakland (No. 19 Houston (plus 6) at No. Straight up: (8-7)Season totals: Against spread (90-92-7). 12 Tampa BayBuccaneers are contenders. 26 CarolinaCam will show up in proper attire this time.PANTHERS, 30-27No. 10 Baltimore (plus 7) at No. 31 San FranciscoWho knows? Can you believe it?BEST BET: BUCS, 33-23No 6 Denver (plus 1) at No. We’ve all been right there with each other and we’ve all been pushing each other. 25 Cincinnati (minus 5 1/2) at No. It’s fun, man.”More fun for KC on Thursday.CHIEFS, 24-23Knockout league tip:Packers came through on the Lambeau tundra. 7 DetroitLions making believers out of people.LIONS, 30-13No. 13 Washington (pick-em) at No. It’s been like that all year. 8 Pittsburgh (minus 1) at No. 5 Seattle (minus 3) at No.