San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders: Preview and Pick
11 Replies | 342 ViewsOn 10/01/2013 05:19 PM in NFL
The Major League Baseball Playoff is going to affect the week five schedule in the National Football League. The Oakland Athletics will be hosting a playoff game this weekend and that will push the game between the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders to a later time. The two AFC West opponents will push their game to a late night game to accommodate for the A’s.
San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders Odds
The NFL betting line for this game opened up with the Chargers listed as (-5) point favorites in this night game. The Chargers look good after an impressive win over the Dallas Cowboys and the public took notice. The early wagering is flooding in on the road team as up to 90 percent of the early action is on the Bolts. The Raiders are not getting any love, but the line is actually moving in their favor. This line can now be found at (-2.5) at several of the top rated online sportsbooks found at Bang the Book.com.
The Chargers are looking like a playoff team. Philip Rivers continued his deep success against the Cowboys, completing 9-of-11 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns on throws traveling more than 10 yards downfield. Coming into the game, he had completed 62% of such passes, 2nd-best among qualified quarterbacks. When he does well, the rest of the team does well and they will have their sight sets on the Raiders this weekend.
The Raiders hope that they have Terrelle Pryor back in the lineup for this game after Matt Flynn failed to execute under center. Matt Flynn was sacked on 7-of-40 drop backs Sunday (18%), the second-highest sack percentage in a game this season (Eli Manning, 23% in Week 3). By comparison, Terrelle Pryor was sacked on 7-of-99 drop backs this season (7%). Pryor’s mobility could give the Raiders a chance to win this game against an AFC West rival.
The latest NFL betting trends in this game actually favor the Silver and Black. The Raiders are 4-0-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 5 against the AFC, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games in October. The Chargers are 2-5 ATS against the spread when playing a team with a losing record, 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a win against the number and 0-5 ATS in the last five games in October.
San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders Pick
With plenty of time to go before kickoff so, I will wait to release my pick on this game until we get closer to game day.