The Los Angeles Chargers (+1.5) aren’t traveling far to face their AFC West rival Oakland Raiders at Oakland Coliseum. This Thursday matchup will be nationally-televised on FOX and the opening kickoff is scheduled for 8:20 p.m. ET.
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders Betting Preview
In this Thursday AFC matchup, Oakland is tabbed as the favorite and is currently giving up 3 points. The Chargers are also receiving +120 moneyline odds while the Raiders are -140. It appears that there will likely be some good in-game betting opportunities while this matchup is taking place, and oddsmakers have placed the over/under (O/U) at 47.5 points.
The hapless Chargers are 3-4-1 against the spread (ATS) and have lost 4.4 units so far. They’ve been a good under bet and have posted an O/U record of 2-6. The Raiders are up 1.5 units for moneyline bettors this season. They’re 4-3 ATS and have an O/U record of 4-3.
The Chargers are 4-5 straight up (SU), including 0-1 SU against AFC West opponents. The Raiders are 4-4 SU overall and 1-1 SU against divisional foes.
The Chargers are coming off a resounding 26-11 win over Green Bay last week where Philip Rivers completed 21 passes on 28 attempts for 294 yards. Melvin Gordon III (80 yards on 20 rushes, two TDs) and Austin Ekeler (70 yards on 12 carries) provided the ground attack in the win while Hunter Henry (seven receptions, 84 yards) and Ekeler (four catches, 23 yards) handled the receiving duties.
The Oakland Raiders just put together a 31-24 win over Detroit a week ago. The defensive secondary let the Lions air it out for 406 yards and three touchdowns. Kenny Golladay was a bright spot in the loss, posting 132 yards on four catches for Detroit. For Oakland, Derek Carr completed 20-of-31 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns. Josh Jacobs (120 rushing yards on 28 attempts, two TDs) mounted the ground game in the win as Hunter Renfrow (six receptions, 54 yards, one TD) and Tyrell Williams (three catches, 48 yards) led the receiving attack.
Los Angeles has run the ball on 37.2 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Oakland has a rush percentage of 47.4 percent. The Chargers have produced 79 rush yards/game (including 35 per game against West opponents) and have six touchdowns via handoffs this year. The Raiders are totaling 136 rushing yards per game (114 in conference) and have eight total rush TDs.
It appears that the Raiders might have an edge in all aspects of the ground game. Their running backs has logged 4.8 yards per carry while their defense is allowing 3.7 YPC to opponents. The Chargers have ran for 3.6 yards per carry while allowing a YPC of 4.2 to opponents.
The Bolts offense has tallied 291 yards/game in the air overall (211 per game against conference opposition) and has 12 passing scores so far. The Raiders have produced 253 pass yards per contest (228.5 in the AFC) and have 14 total pass TDs.
Los Angeles seems to hold an advantage when it comes to limiting the pass. The team has let opponents run for an average of 114 yards and throw for 224 yards per game. The Oakland defense has allowed 311.9 yards per game to opposing passers and 92.5 yards per game on the ground. The Bolts are allowing an adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) of only 6.61 to opposing QBs, while the Raiders have given up a staggering 8.86 ANY/A.
Offensively, Rivers is up to 2,408 passing yards this season, and has completed 67 percent of his 304 attempts with 11 scores through the air and six interceptions. He has a 7.15 adjusted net yards per pass attempt, including 7.55 over the last two games.
Derek Carr has managed to complete 160-of-220 passes for 1,699 yards, 10 TDs and four INTs for Oakland. His ANY/A sits at 7.25 for the season and 10.71 over his past two games.
Free NFL Tip: Chargers at Raiders
Los Angeles Chargers 29 – Oakland Raiders 24
Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders Betting Trends
As a team, Los Angeles has rushed for 3.3 yards per attempt across its last three games and 3.9 over its last two.
Oakland has averaged 4.7 yards per carry over its last three contests and 4.5 over its past two.
The Oakland offense has lost four fumbles this season while Los Angeles has lost six.
The Chargers offense has produced six pass plays of 40 or more yards, while the Raiders have accounted for four such plays.
The Los Angeles defense has allowed two pass plays of 40 or more yards, while Oakland has given up 10 such plays.
The Los Angeles offense has created two rushing plays of 20 yards or more, while Oakland has created seven such runs.
The Chargers defense has allowed six rushing plays of 20 or more yards, while the Raiders have given up four such runs.
The Los Angeles defensive unit has 21 sacks on the year while Oakland has just 15.