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Kansas City Chiefs (13-3) @ Las Vegas Raiders (6-10)
It feels trivial to jump into discussing a football game in the wake of the horrific scene on MNF and the lingering uncertainty around the condition of Damar Hamlin.
But the remarkable news of him now breathing on his own, is the boost that everyone who experienced this tragedy needed to start thinking about the actual game of football again.
The uplifting takeaway from the mind-numbing result of this one single play, is the incredibly cerebral human response shown by all involved, to elevate their concerns for a fellow brother above their duties to the NFL Shield.
Seeing the raw emotions of the coaches, players, fans and all others involved, was nothing short of gut-wrenching.
I LOVE football.
But if the fallout from that event was even as drastic as cancelling the remainder of the season, I would have understood completely, and supported it as the correct decision.
From the immeasurably compassionate response shown across the league, and the sheer volume of prayers that have gone up for Hamlin, it’s no surprise he’s progressing towards a miraculous recovery.
Given the ruling that the Week 17 Bills-Bengals game has resulted in a ‘no contest’ the Chiefs can now clinch the top-seed, and only AFC bye, with a win over the Raiders.
Let’s keep the football analysis in this one simple. In a QB duel between Patrick Mahomes and Jarrett Stidham, with a coveted First Round bye on the line, there’s too much incentive for the Chiefs not to run away with this one in Vegas.
PICKS: KC -8 & Over 52