Las Vegas Raiders vs Los Angeles Chargers Betting Picks, Odds, Lines, & Predictions
After blowing the double-digit lead for the second time in three weeks, the Chargers (2-5 SU, 4-2-1 ATS) will try to bounce back and keep the playoffs dream alive when they host the Raiders (4-3 SU, 4-3 ATS) at SoFi Stadium on Sunday. The Raiders are coming in a good mood after taking care of the Browns in a dominant defensive performance last week and will be hoping to win back-to-back games for the first time since the start of the season.
Las Vegas Raiders vs Los Angeles Chargers Betting Line Movement
The bookies seemed impressed enough with Los Angeles’ performances despite two unlucky losses and that’s reflected in the odds which opened favoring the Chargers by -2.5. After some early action on the Raiders, odds changed a bit and are now at -1 or evens depending where you place your wager. The total is set at 53 after starting the week as high as 54.
Thoughts On The Las Vegas Raiders
This season, the Raiders seem to be more comfortable playing on the road than at their own field and three of their four wins came away from the Allegiant Stadium. Last week, they made the best of the bad weather in Cleveland riding their defense and leaning on the running attack to score an ugly, but absolutely deserved, win. The Raiders are barely over the .500 mark, but they are probably reasonably satisfied with that as they had the league’s toughest schedule to start the season. Their path is starting getting easier now and they have every reason to feel good about their playoff chances.
Derek Carr had some trouble dealing with the wind in Cleveland last week and had his game under 200 yards this season as the Raiders used the running for the better part of the game. He’ll welcome the chance to rebound in LA and seems like a decent fantasy option. After a mostly inconsistent season, RB Josh Jacobs made the most of his chances last Sunday posting a career-high 31 carries for 128 yards, but as the Raiders will probably go more through the air against the Chargers, it will be difficult for him to repeat a similar performance.
Thoughts On The Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers are slowly making a habit of blowing the big least and a similar scenario in Sunday’s game will put some serious pressure on the head coach Anthony Lynn. With RB Austin Ekeler on the injured list, most of the Los Angeles offensive load is on the shoulders of the rookie QB Justin Herbert and, while he’s having an impressive debut season, he’s still inexperienced and often prone to mistakes. The defense is probably an even bigger issue and had a big part in allowing the opponents the late-game rallies so often.
The good news for Herbert is the probable return of the offensive line stalwarts Bryan Bulaga and Trai Turner which should make him more comfortable against the already weak Raiders’ pass rush. He’s already a fantastic fantasy football betting asset with three or more touchdowns in the last four games. His good performance is usually good news for the WR Keenan Allen who has a great understanding with his QB and had another solid game against the Broncos with nine catches on eleven targets and a touchdown.
Las Vegas Raiders vs Los Angeles Chargers Betting Pick = Under 53
While both teams’ main strength is the offense, the Raiders proved last week that they can shut down opponents, and the Chargers also must shore up the defense if their head coach is to keep his job. Six of the last seven games between the two with Chargers as a home team have gone UNDER.