The Raiders picked up a big win in Cleveland last weekend and are 4-3 on the season with three of their wins on the road.
No matter where the Raiders and Chargers have called home throughout the years, this game is one of the classic rivalries of the AFC West. The Raiders picked up a big win in Cleveland (16-6) last weekend and are 4-3 on the season with three of their wins on the road.
Th Chargers have had an interesting season. They are 2-5 which isn’t a great record, but the way they got there is something else. The Chargers blew a 24-3 lead and let the Broncos come from behind to win. Previous to that they watched a 17-point lead evaporate against Tampa Bay, 17 against New Orleans, 16 against Jacksonville (in a win), and 21 against the Broncos last Sunday in Denver. Just dreadful.
History points to a Raiders win in a tight matchup, that’s why its easy to circle the visitors and points. The Raiders, led by Josh Jacobs (128 yards) are coming off their best team rushing performance of the season with 208 against the Browns. They will face a Chargers rush defense ranked 12th in the NFL. It will be one of the most important matchups of the afternoon.
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Last season the Raiders swept the season series from the Chargers winning 24-17 in Los Angeles and 26-24 in Oakland. The Raiders have played well in Los Angeles/San Diego as the road team. They are an impressive 8-3-1 against the spread in that situation. The road team in this head-to-head series is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 games played.
The Chargers are 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games versus the AFC West division. They are also 1-7-1 ATS in their last nine games (dating back to last year) as the home favourite.
Bastl’s Bet: Raiders +1.5
This is the re-match from week one where the Saints handled the Bucs to the tune of 34-23. These two teams are the cream of the crop in the NFC South and this likely won’t be the last time they see each other this season. There is plenty of talk that Antonio Brown will be activated for this game. Tampa will get revenge but not the cover.
The Ravens were hit with a double whammy this past weekend. First, they lost at home to division rival Pittsburgh and in that game, they lost Pro Bowl tackle Ronnie Stanley. Stanley will miss the rest of the season with a broken ankle. That’s a major blow to a team that relies a lot on the run. Philip Rivers has thrown six touchdown passes in his past two games entering this contest.
Bastl’s Bet: Saints +5.5, Colts +3