Raiders (4-3) at Chargers (2-5)
The Raiders have won 2 out of their last 3 while the Chargers have dropped 5 of 6 after an opening week win in Cincinnati. Those 5 Chargers losses are by a combined 19 points. The Raiders have won the last two in the series after dropping the previous 4 and own a 65-54-4 all-time record in this storied AFC West rivalry.
Vs. The Spread
The Raiders are 4-3 vs. as they have a 57.1 percent cover rate. LA is 5-2 vs. the spread as the Chargers cover 71.4 percent of the time.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Los Angeles Chargers||PK (-117)||-110||O 53 (-110)|
|Las Vegas Raiders||PK (-103)||-110||U 53 (-110)|
Vegas took a 16-6 win in Cleveland last week as the defense played it’a best game to date in limiting the Browns to 223 total yards. The Raiders rendered Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield ineffective as he completed only 12-of-25 passes for 122 yards. It was the first time the Raiders had held an opponent without a touchdown since 2012.
The LA Chargers stymied the Denver Broncos for two and a half quarters in taking a 24-3 lead, but the defense gave up touchdowns on the last three drives of the game in surrendering a 31-30 loss.
Silver & Black Attack
Last week’s win in Cleveland was a game the Raiders would have lost in the past few years. The hard work of coach John Gruden and GM Mike Mayock is beginning to take shape. Derek Carr continues his best season in a silver and black uniform as he has completed 71 percent of his passes and has 14 touchdown passes against only 2 interceptions.
The Chargers are second in the NFL in total offense behind the Arizona Cardinals as quarterback Justin Herbert is having quite the rookie campaign as he has netted 280 passing yards per game. These are menial defenses – not the worst, but not the best – so this is must see NFL action as the team with the ball last may win the game. Rookie Joshua Kelly continues to start at running back in place of the injured Austin Eckler.
NFL Betting Predictions
Winner: Raiders (+1½) 37, Chargers 32