Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers: Preview and Pick
- Updated: December 21, 2013
The Oakland Raiders are a team that is rebuilding and after getting demolished by the Kansas City Chiefs, you have to wonder how much the Raiders have left in them. Meanwhile the San Diego Chargers are making a run to the NFL post season as they recently upset the Denver Broncos on the road and are looking to win out by beating the Raiders and the Chiefs to make it into the post season.
Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers Preview
The NFL odds for this game opened up with the Chargers listed as (-7.5) point favorites. After the ugly game by the Raiders, the early betting jumped on the Chargers band wagon as over 70 percent of the early wagers are backing the Bolts. This push moved the line past the 7.5 and all the way up; to ten points at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.
The Chargers are winning ballgames by running the rock. Ryan Mathews: 127 rushing yards for Chargers. He’s the 1st player to rush for at least 100 yards in a game against the Broncos this season (last to do so in regular season was Jamaal Charles in 2012 Week 12– 107 yards). Mathews’ 127 yards were the most by anyone in a regular-season game against the Broncos since Stevan Ridley of the New England Patriots had 151 in 2012 Week 5. If the Raiders could not stop Jamaal Charles, they will have problems stopping Matthews and the Chargers from getting another big win as they head towards the NFL playoffs.
The latest football betting trends for this game reveal that both teams have some negative wagering angles for this AFC West matchup. The Raiders are 1-4-1 against the spread (ATS) in their last 6 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game, 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games after allowing more than 30 points in their previous game and 17-35-1 ATS in their last 53 games in December. The Chargers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight up win.
Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers Pick
With plenty of time before kickoff we will wait for more information to come in before we select a side on this contest. Make sure to check the forum during the week and on the day of the game for our free pick and to get the latest and most up to date information on the game.