Hopefully last week wasn’t an indication of the rest of the Raiders season. If they can get stomped by a never drafted rookie, just imagine what Philip Rivers and the red hot 6-2 Chargers can do.
NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis
The Chargers are favoured in this game by -10 and will also have road field advantage as well. Most teams call it “home field advantage”, but for the Clippers of football, any game away from StubHub is a good thing.
In fact, the Bolts are 17-8-1 ATS in their last 26 away tilts. Meanwhile, Oakland is an abysmal 5-15-2 in their last 22 overall. Now, while Los Angeles is trending in the right direction across the board, it is important to note that Raiders are 14-3 with the under in their last 17 against AFC West opponents.
That’s not extremely helpful, but for the fans out there of the silver and black, it’s nice to know that you can generally count on your boys for at least one thing these days.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers needed a last second red zone stand to defeat the underrated Seahawks last week, but aside from that, they’ve been rolling as of late. They have five straight wins to their name and are currently one of the most dangerous dual-threat offenses in the league.
The downside for them right now is the health of their defense. Stud defensive end Joey Bosa has been out all year and the team is still adjusting to losing linebacker Kyzir White for the season. There really isn’t any doubt heading into this one, but the Chargers are a much safer bet if they can keep their offence on the field.
With that said, for Oakland opponents, sometimes keeping the Raider offence on the field is the best way to put up points. Oakland is 28th in scoring this season with 17.6 PPG and Derek Carr is tied for fourth in picks with eight. David’s younger brother is also tied for fifth in the league with 24 sacks.
Barring the Chargers team bus either getting stuck in traffic or a flat tire, the Raiders need to contain Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler to have a chance in this one. LA is fifth in the league in run yards per game with 128.9 on the year.