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Raiders vs. Chargers Betting Lines, Start Time, and More
All odds from DraftKings Sportsbook.
- Spread: Chargers -6
- Moneyline: Raiders (+205); Chargers (-250)
- Over/Under: 48
- Game time: 4:05 p.m. ET
- Location: SoFi Stadium
- Channel: CBS
Raiders vs. Chargers Prediction
Bill Parcells once said, “You are what your record says you are.” It sure doesn’t feel like Las Vegas and Los Angeles are the same 1-2 teams.
On the one hand, the Chargers let fourth-quarter leads get away from them in each of their first two games and were only a few minutes from a 3-0 start to the season.
The Raiders, meanwhile, are basically a missed extra point by Denver Broncos kicker Wil Lutz in the season opener away from dealing with an 0-3 start to their season.
In any event, these are two different teams as they head into Sunday’s matchup. Los Angeles possesses one of the league’s best offenses but one of the worst defenses. The Chargers are second in the NFL in total offense (416.7 YPG), topped only by the Miami Dolphins. They have scored the fifth-most points in the league (86).
Quarterback Justin Herbert and wide receiver Keenan Allen are both coming off career games against the Vikings last week. Herbert finished with 405 yards passing, the first 400-yard passing game of his career. Allen caught a remarkable 18 passes for 215 yards, both career highs as well.
However, the news that fellow wide receiver Mike Williams will miss the rest of the season after tearing his ACL in the win over Minnesota is a blow to an offense that appears to have staying power as being one of the league’s best all season.
The Chargers had also been without running back Austin Ekeler for the last two games with an ankle injury, so his return will certainly help the office.
Defensively, Los Angeles’ performance has been poor to this point, to put it mildly. Only the Broncos, who were lit up for over 700 yards by the Miami Dolphins, have allowed more yards than the Chargers (450.7). The Chargers are also bottom five in the NFL in scoring defense, giving up 29.0 PPG.
What does all this mean? Expect points. The Raiders’ offense has been a major disappointment so far, ranking 29th in total yards and 24th in scoring. Jimmy Garoppolo has been inconsistent in his first season as the Las Vegas quarterback, with a league-high six interceptions. Running back Josh Jacobs remains without a touchdown three games into this season.
Still, until the Chargers demonstrate they can stop anyone on defense, I like the over in this spot.
At some point, the Raiders’ group of talented weapons will get going and score some points. If the Raiders find any semblance of offense, that should be enough for the over to come through. I have little doubts about Los Angeles’ ability to do its part in this plan.
Best Bet: Over 48 points (-108 at DraftKings SportsBook)