Chargers at Raiders Point Spread: NFL Week 6 Odds, Prediction

Ricky Rothstein | Updated Nov 06, 2017

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If the city of San Diego had agreed to a tax referendum to build the Chargers a new stadium, they’d still be in that city right now and Oakland likely would be in Los Angeles this year instead of heading to Las Vegas in 2020. The AFC West rivals face off for the first time this season in Week 6.

Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders

When: Sunday, 4:25 PM ET Where: Oakland Coliseum Point Spread: TBA

Point Spread and Betting Analysis

This spread won’t be posted until it’s clear whether Oakland starting quarterback Derek Carr will play. He didn’t in Week 5 due to a back injury. More on him shortly. Oakland (2-3 SU & ATS) was a 12-win playoff team in 2016 and expected to contend for the AFC title this year but already is three games out of first place in the AFC West behind unbeaten Kansas City. So the best the Raiders can likely hope for is a wild-card spot. The Chargers (1-4 SU, 1-3-1 ATS) have finished last in the AFC West the past two seasons and probably will again. They have covered just one game in their last 10 overall.

The road team has covered the past five in this series, although Oakland won both last year. It was 34-31 at home in Week 5. Then-rookie holder Drew Kaser of the Chargers mishandled a perfect snap on a potential tying 36-yard field goal attempt in the final seconds, and the Bolts never got a kickoff. In Week 15 in San Diego, the Raiders won 19-16 to clinch a playoff berth. Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 44-yard field goal with 2:40 left for the winning points. That was the Chargers’ penultimate game in San Diego.

Oakland Raiders

Through two weeks, the Raiders were unbeaten and the NFL’s highest-scoring team. They haven’t won since and have combined for just 37 points. Offensive struggles were to be expected Sunday vs. Baltimore, a 30-17 loss, as Carr was out with a small fracture in his back and backup QB E.J. Manuel, a former first-round bust choice by Buffalo, was just 13 of 26 for 159 yards. Will Carr play this week? After Sunday’s loss, Coach Jack Del Rio said that he thought so, even though the original timeline for Carr’s recovery was 2-6 weeks. It’s almost panic time as 2-4 teams rarely make the postseason.

Los Angeles Chargers

First-year head coach Anthony Lynn got his first victory as the Chargers pulled a minor Week 5 upset at the winless New York Giants, 27-22, to end a nine-game losing streak. Philip Rivers threw a 10-yard TD pass to running back Melvin Gordon with 2:58 remaining and then the defense held. Gordon had one of the best games of his three-year career with 105 yards rushing on 20 carries and six catches for 58 yards and two scores – he entered with two career receiving touchdowns.

Rivers totaled 258 yards and three TDs against the team that drafted him No. 4 overall in 2004 only to turn around and trade Rivers to the Chargers for Eli Manning. It’s rare lately for the Chargers to win a close game as they generally find a way to lose them (see that defeat in Oakland). The Bolts had been 4-12 dating to the start of last season in games decided by eight points or fewer. L.A. could easily be 4-1 this year as three of its four losses are by a combined seven points.

It’s rare lately for the Chargers to win a close game as they generally find a way to lose them (see that defeat in Oakland). The Bolts had been 4-12 dating to the start of last season in games decided by eight points or fewer. L.A. could easily be 4-1 this year as three of its four losses are by a combined seven points. The Chargers will see receiver and 2017 first-round pick Mike Williams make his season debut off a back injury barring any setbacks in practice.

Chargers at Raiders Prediction

If Carr plays, Raiders win 27-21. If not, take the Chargers.

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