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Chiefs firm up AFC West lead with another Andy Reid post-bye win

The Chiefs are close to locking up the AFC West with this big win.

Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs throws a pass against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter in the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 01, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid is 17-3 in the game following a bye week and 13-7 against the spread in that situation. On Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, he improved those numbers to 18-3 and 14-7 with a 40-7 demolition.

The Chiefs rolled this game without even needing a particularly big game from their dynamic offense. Patrick Mahomes threw for only 175 yards and a touchdown, and the ground game managed 96 yards on 3.3 yards per carry. It was the defense that dominated this one, picking off Derek Carr twice and recovering a fumble. Josh Jacobs was impressive with 104 yards on 17 carries, but it was just nearly enough as the Raiders fell behind quickly.

Kansas City improves to 8-4 on the season. KC has now swept Oakland in the season series, which is the first tiebreaker if they ended up tied atop the division. With four weeks remaining on the schedule, the Chiefs have all but locked up the division. They remain two back of the Baltimore Ravens for a first round bye. The Chiefs travel to face the Patriots in a monster matchup in Week 14.

The Raiders drop to 6-6 and now sit a game back of the second wild card berth. They get a huge opportunity next week when they host the 7-5 Tennessee Titans.