Oakland Raiders vs Los Angeles Chargers Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 10-7-2018




Oakland Raiders vs Los Angeles Chargers Preview, Prediction, and Free Pick 10-7-2018

Oakland Raiders (1-3) vs Los Angeles Chargers (2-2)

Date : 10/07/2018
Time : 4:05 pm EST
Location : LA Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Oakland Raiders vs Los Angeles Chargers

The Oakland Raiders will hit the road to take on the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday for an AFC west showdown at LA memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California, beginning at 4:05 pm EST.  The last time these two teams met was on December 31, 2017 as the Chargers would get the 30-10 home blowout as they posted 30 points in the second and third quarters to come away with the victory.  Phillip Rivers threw for 387 yards along with three TD’s while Keenan Allen had 133 yards receiving and a score on nine catches in the win.  The Chargers would squeak out a slim home victory over the San Francisco 49’ers last Sunday as they rallied after being down 14-6 at the conclusion of the first period to outscore the Niners 23-13 the rest of the way in picking up a 29-27 win, their second win in three games.  The Raiders would also come away with a slim, 45-42 home victory over the Cleveland Browns last Sunday as they needed a Matthew McCrane 29-yard field goal to seal the deal for the home team while Derek Carr and Marshawn Lynch shined in the pass and rushing attacks.

Oakland Raiders's Latest Performance :

Oakland’s Matthew McCrane kicked a game-winning 29 yard field goal in overtime to seal a high scoring win for the Raiders at home versus the Cleveland Browns last Sunday.  Derek Carr and the offense racked up 565 yards total on a Cleveland defense that also allowed the home team to convert four of seven attempts within the red zone while also permitting them to hold the ball for a total of 36:51 minutes for the game.  Carr had 437 yards total along with four touchdown passes and two picks in the win while Marshawn Lynch and the 15th ranked rushing attack for Oakland was ale to collect 139 yards total with Lynch having 130 yards total.  Amari Cooper and Jared Cook combined for 16 catches for 238 yards total and three TD’s for the Raiders in their first win of the season.  The offense, however, allowed three total sacks to the Browns yet would obtain 134 return yardage from their special teams.  The Browns also had 148 return yards in the contest while allowing 208 yards rushing to Cleveland in the win.  The 18th ranked pass defense for Oakland allowed 279 total yards to Baker Mayfield and the Browns, yet, collected two sacks while recovering two fumbles.  Tackle Donald Penn is questionable with a leg injury for the Raiders while safety Karl Joseph and cornerback Nick Nelson are also day to day with hamstring injuries.

Los Angeles Chargers 's Latest Performance :

The Chargers fell behind 14-0 to the Niners last Sunday before Phillip Rivers threw two touchdown passes along with a Caleb Sturgis nailing a field goal in which to tie the score at 17 all at the half.  Rivers threw another touchdown pass in the second half while Sturgis kicked two additional field goals, with one being the game winner, a 21 yarder to seal the victory for the Chargers.  In all, Rivers threw for 250 yards and three TD’s along with an interception while Keenan Allen had 63 yards on seven catches.  Melvin Gordon had 104 yards on the ground for the Chargers as their eighth ranked rushing attack would roll over a reeling Niners defenses.  The 18th ranked Charger rush defense allowed only 76 yards while CJ Beathard threw for 298 yards, two touchdowns, along with two interceptions in the loss for San Francisco.  Finally, the Chargers allowed the road team to convert on only one of four attempts within the red zone.  Offensive tackle Russell Okung is day to day with a groin injury and is uncertain for San Diego’s matchup versus the Raiders.

How Oakland Raiders & Los Angeles Chargers Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

Oakland is 2-2 ATS while the O/U is 2-2

Los Angeles is 1-3 ATS while the O/U is 4-0

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

Oakland is on a high after getting its first win of the season, however, their defense has not been able to stop the run in ranking 30th in the league.  Oakland’s defense is also 30th in points allowed in giving up 31 points per outing.  The Chargers are also allowing 27 points per game to their opponents and while they may be a bit better in stopping the run, they have struggled in defending the pass as they permit teams to rack up a total of 278 yards per game as it relates to their passing attack(s).  In all, both offenses are potent and with Carr and Rivers hanging touch within the pocket, this game will indeed be a high scoring affair on Sunday.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:  Los Angeles Chargers -5.5

My reason for the pick :

 

While both teams will put numerous scores on the board in this matchup, I will back the Chargers with the points in this game as I believe that Carr has loads of potential, however, as stated by his coach earlier in the season, tries a bit too hard at times and ends up hurting his team.  With that being the case, look for the Chargers defense to step up the pressure a bit in this matchup to attempt to force some turnovers early and often versus Oakland.

 

 

Totals Selection: Pick:  Over 53.5

My reason for the prediction :

With both teams scoring points along with giving away too many points to their opponents, look for the total to surpass its set mark as Rivers will certainly utilize his playmakers on offense while Cooper and Cook will also have opportunities to make some plays versus a shaky Charger defense.  Also, Gordon and Lynch have been running great for their respective offenses lately and despite Okung not being in the lineup for the Chargers, expect a high-scoring back and forth contest in this contest on Sunday.

Betting trends for Oakland Raiders:

    • Oakland is 5-11-2 ATS in its last 18 games
    • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Oakland’s last 11 games
    • Oakland is 2-6-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
    • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland’s last 5 games on the road
    • Oakland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing LA Chargers

Betting trends for Los Angeles Chargers :

    • The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Chargers’s last 5 games
    • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of LA Chargers’s last 15 games
    • LA Chargers is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games at home
    • LA Chargers is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Oakland

Falepa

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