Raiders vs. Chargers Point Spread: NFL Week 9 Odds, Prediction

Nik Kowalski | Updated Nov 05, 2020

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Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert looks like the real deal. He had his fourth-straight game with at least three touchdown passes last week.

Las Vegas
8-8
AT
November 08, 2020, 4:05 PM ET
SoFi Stadium
Pointspread -1.5 -110
Moneyline -125
Over / Under o +52.5

67%

Betting Action

33%

Pointspread +1.5 -110
Moneyline +104
Over / Under u +52.5

67%

Betting Action

33%

Sunday’s AFC West clash between the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers is important for both clubs, as they drift in opposite directions.

For the 4-3 Raiders, a win in Week 9 keeps them in the playoff mix and in the vicinity of the division-leading Kansas City Chiefs. The 2-5 Chargers are suddenly in their division’s basement, and a loss at home would make a playoff berth doubtful. With visits to Kansas City, Las Vegas, and Buffalo pending — Week 9 is becoming must-win territory for the Bolts.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

It’s been tug and pull between these divisional teams as of late, with the Raiders winning six of their last 10 meetings against L.A. but the Chargers covering in six. Both offences are scoring over 25 points per game this season and surrendering even more. So don’t be surprised that that the over is 6-1 in Las Vegas games this season, and 4-3 in L.A.’s.

But hold your horses! When the Raiders and Chargers meet, defence prevails. Six of these teams last meetings have gone under, and then there’s the under going 13-3 in Las Vegas’ last 16 versus the AFC West. Oddsmakers still have this total up at 52, with the spread a pick’em.

Las Vegas Raiders

Derek Carr’s quietly solid play is a big reason why the Raiders are above .500 through eight weeks. Carr’s tossed 14 touchdowns and two interceptions this season, owning the league’s fourth-best passer rating (among quarterbacks) at 110.2. Las Vegas ranks 16th in passing yards per game despite being 25th in passing attempts per game, which is another nod to the efficiency Carr is operating with.

With double-digit wins versus New Orleans and at Kansas City, and double-digit losses at New England and versus Buffalo it’s still fair to ask who exactly these Raiders are. Jon Gruden has Las Vegas playing well, but they could be without three starting offensive linemen Sunday as Trent Brown, Johnathan Abram, and Kolton Miller all unfit to practise Wednesday.

Los Angeles Chargers

Even with an 0-2 overtime record in 2020, last week’s loss at Denver was the one that got away from the Chargers. Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert had his fourth-straight game with at least three touchdown passes, L.A. had 210 rushing yards, and they still collapsed. L.A.’s now lost three-straight games in which they led by 17 as finding ways to lose has been a constant for Anthony Lynn’s club.

There’s still a lot to like about this Chargers team. They rank second with 417 yards per game, have a middle-ranking defence giving up 364 yards per game, all with a breakout quarterback who has found a connection with Keenan Allen. A 2-5 record doesn’t accurately reflect this team’s talent.

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