Week 4 of the 2017 NFL season ends when the Kansas City Chiefs host the Washington Redskins on "Monday Night Football." The Chiefs are one of two remaining undefeated teams, and the Redskins improved their record to 2-1 with an impressive win in primetime last week. The latest betting odds favor Kansas City by 6.5 points at home, via OddsShark, and the over/under is 49.5 Kansas City continues to roll along, taking sole possession of first place in the AFC West with a win over the Chargers in Week 3. While the Raiders and Broncos both suffered losses when they hit the road a week ago, the Chiefs remained perfect, finding yet a new way to stay out of the loss column. After averaging 35 points per game in the first two weeks, Kansas City won on the strength of their defense in L.A. The Chiefs picked off Philip Rivers three times, forcing him to have his worst game of the young season.
Every team has four games remaining in the 2016 NFL season, but the upcoming "Thursday Night Football" contest will likely determine the winner of the AFC West. Oakland has a one-game lead over Kansas City, but the Chiefs are a perfect 3-0 against divisional opponents. The Raiders' only loss within the AFC West came at the hands of the Chiefs in Week 6, and another head-to-head win for Kansas City would give them sole possession of first place. The Raiders and Chiefs are not only the best teams in the AFC West, but they are making the case to be known as the best teams in the conference. Oakland is tied with the New England Patriots for the best record in the AFC, and Kansas City might be the biggest threat to New England's Super Bowl chances.
Few could've predicted that the Oakland Raiders would be fighting to stay in playoff contention in their Week 9 visit against the Miami Dolphins on "Sunday Night Football." Not after the team was projected to be a Super Bowl threat and looked like one with two wins to start the season. But that's the position that Oakland finds itself in after eight games. The Raiders have lost five of their last six contests, and falling to 3-6 would essentially end any chance of the team making the postseason. Barring a second-half meltdown, the Kansas City Chiefs are going to win the AFC West.
With four teams on a bye in Week 5, only one team is favored by a touchdown and three teams are favored by more than three points. Underdogs have covered the spread just 40 percent of the time in the 2017 NFL season. Below are picks against the spread for every game in Week 5, as well as updated betting odds at Las Vegas and online sportsbooks. Betting lines and trends are courtesy of OddsShark. Betting against the Patriots after a loss usually isn't a good idea, but taking the points is probably the smart move in this case.