Sunday afternoon features a battle of AFC West rivals as the Las Vegas Raiders (4-3) take on the Los Angeles Chargers (2-5). The Chargers will be play host at SoFi Stadium, and kickoff is scheduled for 4:05 pm ET.
The Raiders currently sit in second place in the division behind the first-place Kansas City Chiefs. Las Vegas comes into this one having won two of their last three, including a 16-6 win over the Cleveland Browns last week. The defense held the Browns to just two field goals while Josh Jacobs rushed for 128 yards.
At 2-5, the Chargers are in last in the division. They have lost five of their last six, including a 31-30 loss to the Broncos on Sunday. Despite their record, the Chargers have played teams pretty tough. In fact, all five of their losses have been by a touchdown or less, with three of them being by a field goal or less.
This one is pretty tight in terms of betting odds. The Raiders’ moneyline sits at -106 while the Chargers are at -110. The Raiders are +1.5 in the spread, and the over/under for total points sits at 51.5.
By The Numbers
Offensively, the Raiders hold the edge. They rank 12th in the league in scoring averaging 26.7 points per game. The Chargers are 17th, averaging 25.6 points.
Defensively, it is the Chargers that come out on top. They rank 19th in scoring defense as they are allowing just 26.4 points per game. The Raiders rank 25th, allowing 29 points per game.
Raiders Look For Road Win
The Raiders have quietly been a solid team this season, but in a division with the Chiefs, solid isn’t always good enough. Trying to enhance their record, the Raiders will look to pick up a crucial divisional win on the road.
Leading the way for the Raiders under center is quarterback, Derek Carr. On the season, Carr has thrown for 1,837 yards, 14 touchdowns, and just two interceptions. The offensive line has also done a decent job allowing just 13 sacks.
That line took a hit this week, though, as right tackle Trent Brown will be out for this one as he went back on the COVID-19 inactive list.
The biggest star of this offense has been running back Josh Jacobs. On the season, Jacobs has rushed 147 times for 523 yards and five touchdowns. He also has 18 receptions for 122 yards.
Chargers Look To Get Over The Top
The Chargers have played a lot of good teams really tough this year. Nothing shows this more than their Week 2 loss to the Chiefs, where they pushed them into overtime, only to lose by a field goal. They will try to put together a complete game and take down the division rival Raiders in this one.
Under center for the Chargers is rookie Justin Herbert, and he has been impressive thus far. He has gone 153 for 227 (67.4%) for 1,820 yards, 15 touchdowns, and five interceptions.
His leading receiver has been Keenan Allen. This season, Allen has 53 receptions for 548 yards and three touchdowns.
On the ground, Joshua Kelley has led the way with 82 rushes for 264 yards and a touchdown.
Taking The Raiders And The Points
This should be a pretty good matchup of similar teams. Both teams have had tough schedules and have shown glimpses of brilliance at times. As previously mentioned, the Chargers gave the Chiefs everything they could handle, and the Raiders gave them their lone loss.
This could be a game that goes down to the wire, and every point might be crucial. With that in mind, I am leaning towards the team getting spotted the points. For my money, I am taking Josh Jacobs and the Raiders at +1.5.