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AP staff Thursday Night Football preview, predictions and discussion for Week 15

The Chiefs play the Patriots on Sunday — but the action opens with the Chargers and the Raiders on TNF.

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The (8-5) Kansas City Chiefs will play the (3-10) New England Patriots at Noon (Arrowhead Time) on Sunday.

But Week 15 of the NFL season kicks off with an AFC West battle: the (5-8) Los Angeles Chargers against the (5-8) Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium for “Thursday Night Football from the Las Vegas Strip on Amazon Prime. Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit and Kaylee Hartung will have the call. Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m. Arrowhead Time.

The Chargers have lost four of their last five matchups — most recently, a 24-7 pasting by the Denver Broncos — while the Raiders are coming off their third consecutive defeat: a 3-0 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, the Raiders are favored by 2.5 points.

Here are our picks for Thursday night’s game. Be sure to cast your vote, too — and discuss the game in the comments!


Arrowhead Pride readers pick

READER RECORD: 132-75-1

Poll

Which team wins Chargers (5-8) at Raiders (5-8)?

This poll is closed

  • 24%
    Chargers
    (23 votes)
  • 75%
    Raiders
    (72 votes)
95 votes total Vote Now

Reader Record by Week

Predictions W-L-T
Week 1 picks 10-6-0
Week 2 picks 12-4-0
Week 3 picks 10-6-0
Week 4 picks 11-5-0
Week 5 picks 8-6-0
Week 6 picks 10-5-0
Week 7 picks 5-8-0
Week 8 picks 11-5-0
Week 9 picks 11-3-0
Week 10 picks 9-5-0
Week 11 picks 8-6-0
Week 12 picks 11-4-1
Week 13 picks 10-3-0
Week 14 picks 6-9-0
Total 132-75-1

AP Staff Record

TW LW Staffer W L T Pct
1 1 Ron Kopp Jr. 134 72 0 0.6505
2 2 Pete Sweeney 106 59 0 0.6424
3 3 John Dixon 133 75 0 0.6394
4 5 Rocky Magaña 122 70 0 0.6354
5 4 Stephen Serda 131 76 0 0.6329
6 6 Jared Sapp 130 78 0 0.6250
7 7 Matt Stagner 125 82 0 0.6039
8 8 Nate Christensen 125 83 0 0.6010
9 9 Kramer Sansone 124 84 0 0.5962
10 10 Ashley Justice 121 87 0 0.5817
11 11 Dakota Watson 118 89 0 0.5700
12 12 Maurice Elston 57 50 0 0.5327

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