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Los Angeles Chargers vs Las Vegas Raiders Pick and Preview

Austin Ekeler

AFC West Divisional Matchup

Point Spread: Raiders -3 | Total Points: 33.5

Coming into this week’s AFC matchup vs the Raiders, the Chargers have a below .500 record at 5-8. The Chargers are coming off a 24-7 loss to the Broncos. Besides their straight-up loss, the Chargers also failed to cover the spread as 3-point favorites. The over/under line for their most recent game against Denver was 45. Finishing with a combined total of 31 points, the under hit in this matchup.

This week, the Raiders will look to snap their current three-game losing streak with a victory over the Chargers. Heading into action, the team has a below .500 record of 5-8. The Raiders hosted the Vikings in 14. This game ended in a 3-0 loss for Las Vegas. With a 3-point loss, the Raiders added an ATS push. They were 3-point underdogs prior to the game. The pre-game over/under line in their most recent game vs. Minnesota was 40.5. The teams fell short of this figure with 3 points.

Los Angeles Chargers vs Las Vegas Raiders History

In the two head-to-head matchups last season, the Chargers and Raiders each picked up one win apiece. Together, the Chargers and Raiders averaged 45 points per game and had an over/under record of 0-2. Against the spread, they each went 1-1. On offense, the two teams finished with similar production in yardage, with the Chargers averaging 370.5 yards per game compared to the Raiders at 362.

In the last three head-to-head matchups, the Chargers are averaging 22 points per game, compared to the Raiders at 21. These figures have led to Los Angeles posting a record of 2-1.

Notable Injuries

Los Angeles Chargers

  • Corey Linsley – Heart (Out)
  • Nick Williams – Shoulder (Questionable)
  • Keenan Allen – Heel (Questionable)
  • Mike Williams – Knee (Out)
  • Joey Bosa – Foot (Out)
  • Sebastian Joseph-Day – Ankle (Questionable)
  • Gerald Everett – Hip (Questionable)
  • Justin Herbert – Finger (Doubtful)
  • Justin Hollins – Knee (Probable)
  • Donald Parham Jr. – Shoulder (Questionable)
  • Zack Bailey – Back (Out)
  • Tanner Muse – Knee (Out)
  • Kenneth Murray Jr. – Shoulder (Probable)
  • Chris Rumph II – Foot (Out)
  • Joshua Palmer – Knee (Questionable)
  • Raheem Layne – Knee (Out)
  • Andrew Trainer – Undisclosed (Out)
  • Otito Ogbonnia – Knee (Questionable)
  • Zion Johnson – Ankle (Questionable)
  • Deane Leonard – Ankle/heel (Questionable)
  • Amen Ogbongbemiga – Hamstring (Questionable)
  • Amechi Uzodinma – Undisclosed (Out)

Las Vegas Raiders

  • Adam Butler – Ankle (Questionable)
  • Kolton Miller – Shoulder (Questionable)
  • Brandon Facyson – Shin (Questionable)
  • Curtis Bolton – Groin (Questionable)
  • Austin Walter – Undisclosed (Out)
  • Maxx Crosby – Knee (Questionable)
  • Josh Jacobs – Quad (Questionable)
  • Andre James – Ankle (Questionable)
  • Amik Robertson – Wrist (Questionable)
  • Dalton Wagner – Undisclosed (Out)
  • Kana’i Mauga – Knee (Questionable)
  • Brittain Brown – Undisclosed (Out)
  • Darien Butler – Undisclosed (Out)

Keys To Victory: Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers offense, averaging 21.7 points per game, is currently ranked 15th in the league. Among the other teams in the league, Los Angeles ranks 10th in the NFL for passing yards per game with an average of 238.3. Their passing yards per attempt, 6.4, places them 11th. Los Angeles has managed to find success on offense, even though they are ranked just 26th in rush yards per game. However, this lack of production has more to do with limited opportunites, as they are a below-average group in attempts.

Keys To Victory: Las Vegas Raiders

The Las Vegas offense hasn’t look good so far this season, with an average of only 15.5 points per contest. This has the Raiders sitting 25th in the NFL. Las Vegas’ passing offense, heading into this week’s game, holds the 22nd ranking in passing yards. In terms of attempts, they are 21st, with an average of 32.4 passes per game. A major problem for this year’s Las Vegas offense is their lack of production in the run game. The team is averaging just 3.4 yards per attempt. Overall, they are the 32nd-ranked team in yards per game.

Betting Trends

  • Los Angeles has played well in their previous three road games, going 2-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 17 points per game while allowing 9. The team also performed well vs the spread at 2-1.
  • Through their last ten home contests, the Raiders offense has averaged 17 points per game while allowing an average of 23. Las Vegas posted an overall record of 3-7 while going 4-6 ATS.
  • The last five games that Los Angeles was the underdog, they have an ATS mark of 1-4 while going 0-5 straight up.
  • In their last five games as the betting favorite, the Raiders have a strong straight up record of 3-2. In addition, their ATS record was 3-2 in these scenarios.


  • Los Angeles Chargers 23 – Las Vegas Raiders 21
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