Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders Spread, Line, Odds, Predictions, Picks and Betting Preview for NFL Football Game
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders Game Info
Los Angeles Chargers (4-9) vs. Las Vegas Raiders (7-6)
Date: Thursday, December 17th, 2020
Time: 8:20 p.m. EST
Venue: Allegiant Stadium — Paradise, Nevada
Coverage: FOX, NFL Network
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders Moneyline, Spread, Total and Odds
Moneyline: Chargers (+150) | Raiders (-178)
Spread: Chargers +3 (-102) | Raiders -3 (-120)
Total: Over 54 (-110) | Under 54 (-110)
Super Bowl Odds: Chargers (N/A) | Raiders (+13000)
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Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders News and Notes
The Raiders come into this game allowing back-to-back 200-yard rushing games and failing to show up for a critical conference battle with major wild-card implications. Vegas allowed Colts back Jonathan Taylor to look more like vintage Marshall Faulk and run all over them to the tune of 150 yards. On the back of Taylor, Indy put up 24 second-half points on their way to a 44-27 beatdown. The Raiders missed out on a golden opportunity as the Colts were one game ahead of them for the final AFC wild-card spot. Now Vegas finds themselves in ninth place fighting in a crowded field for a playoff spot.
The week before, the Raiders were lucky to escape New York with a win. It took a last-second Hail Mary to beat the lowly Jets after allowing over 200 yards on the ground to a collection of misfits in New York’s backfield.
Thanks to their last two performances, the Raiders’ defense has slid to eighth-worst in the league against the run. Much of the struggles defending the ground game has led to Vegas allowing the third-most points in the NFL at 30.1 points per game.
Things could get worse for the Raiders’ defense as several key players are banged up. Safety Johnathan Abram, cornerback Damon Arnette, linebacker Nick Morrow, and defensive end Clelin Ferrell all missed practice for Las Vegas on Tuesday. If these four starters can’t go, Vegas’ already struggling defense could get lit up even harder. Add to that the other starting safety, Jeff Heath, was placed on injured reserve last week and will be out until at least Week 17.
If that’s not enough, the Raiders were also bit by the coronavirus bug as starting receiver Henry Ruggs III was placed on the reserve/COVID list and will miss this Thursday night affair. Josh Jacobs was limited in practice but will likely suit up with a banged-up ankle.
The Chargers offense will look to take advantage of a hobbled Raiders defense. Los Angeles comes in relatively healthy with a few minor injuries. It shouldn’t slow down an offense ranked eighth in the NFL, putting up over 395 yards a game. The success in yardage gained makes their 22 points per game for a No. 21 NFL rank that much more surprising. Strangely enough, they are similar on the defensive end giving up the seventh-most points while allowing the ninth fewest yards.
Despite the low point total, LA is third in the league in time of possession averaging over 32 minutes per game. The Chargers will have to do a better job in the red zone and finish these long drives. Something they couldn’t do with the game on the line in their first meeting with the Raiders this year.
In the dying seconds of their Week 9 matchup, it appeared Justin Herbert tossed a 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Donald Parham Jr. for the win. But the final play of the game was overturned after the replay review showed Parham did not establish full control giving the Raiders a 31-26 victory.
While the Raiders have won and covered in their past three meetings, this is their highest spread against LA since 2002. Even though Vegas is fighting for their playoff lives, the Chargers would like nothing more than to play spoiler against their division rival. The banged-up Raiders are going to have an awfully tough time stopping a top-level offense with their QB just three touchdown passes away from passing Baker Mayfield (27 in 2018) for the most ever by a rookie.
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders Predictions and Picks
- Chargers cover alternate +3.5 (-120)
- Over 54 total points (-110)
- Chargers over 24.5 total points (-108)
- Justin Herbert over 276.5 passing yards (-110)
- Justin Herbert over 1.5 touchdown passes (-176)
- Austin Ekeler rushing or receiving touchdown (-105)
- Over is 4-0 in Chargers past four games on grass.
- Over is 5-0 in Raiders’ past five games after allowing more than 350 total yards in their previous game.
- Underdog is 17-6 against the spread in their past 23 meetings.
Prediction: Chargers 31, Raiders 28