NFL Week 14: A Thursday Night Pick, and a Parody

Alex Smith and the Chiefs can seize first place in the AFC West with a win over the Raiders on Thursday Night Football (Photo Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images.)Alex Smith and the Chiefs can seize first place in the AFC West with a win over the Raiders on Thursday Night Football (Photo Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images.)

Welcome to Week 14, when the weather is bad and the football is supposed to be good. What a way to kick off the slate, with one of the biggest games the Raiders-Chiefs rivalry has ever seen. Arrowhead Stadium will be rocking in a battle for first place in the AFC West. In addition to picking this game (yes, it’s one of the five I feel confident about, a strategy that netted me a 4-1 record last week), I’m going to put a humorous spin on things with a little segment where I have celebrities give their observations on the NFL. Since DraftAmerica has yet to truly go mainstream, these are merely celebrity impersonations (that’s not to say we haven’t checked in with a few big names in the past, of course). So, without further ado, let’s dive into Raiders-Chiefs, and some thoughts from Morgan Freeman, Aziz Ansari, Jon Gruden, Lou Holtz, Liam Neeson, and Bill Belichick:

Oakland at Kansas City (-3)

Really, in our generation, we haven’t seen a Raiders-Chiefs game of anything close to this magnitude. But in this second meeting between the clubs in 2016, this could be the biggest one in decades. Arrowhead Stadium will be rocking for the 10-2 Raiders, who are undefeated on the road, and the 9-3 Chiefs, who are unflappable at home and coming off two improbable road wins in Denver and Atlanta. Though the Raiders continue to amaze in pulling out fourth-quarter comebacks, they have been asking to be beaten in recent weeks. Eventually, their fourth-quarter magic and road luck will run out, and Arrowhead might be the imperfect storm. The Chiefs can seize first place with a win, considering they have already posted a 26-10 victory over Oakland in Week 6 in which QB Alex Smith completed 19 of 22 passes for 224 yards. Another mistake-free game will go along way for KC. My gut feeling is unless the Raiders can score a touchdown on either special teams or defense, the offense won’t carry the day again.Here’s hoping we get another Oakland-Kansas City thriller as we did in baseball a couple years ago, when the Athletics and Royals gave us an instant classic in the 2014 AL wild card game. Take the sea of red in this one. Pick: Chiefs.

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