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Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers Pick & Prediction NOV 8TH 2020

Complete TV: FOX SoFi Stadium Inglewood
467Raiders Las Vegas
468Chargers Los Angeles
OP
53.5
-2.5
CU
53o -110
1.5 -110
ML
ML: -122
ML: 102
Partials
2 3 4
7 7 14 3
0 17 3 6
Score
31
26

The Los Angeles Chargers head into Sunday afternoon's game with the visiting Las Vegas Raiders with just a 2-5 record and in last place in the AFC West. But that record could easily be reversed if they had found a way to simply protect some large leads.

 

The Chargers have blown leads of 16 points or more in their past four games, including a 21-point advantage in last Sunday's 31-30 loss at Denver when Drew Lock scrambled and connected with KJ Hamler for a 1-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the game, and Brandon McManus followed with the deciding PAT.

 

Before that, Los Angeles had a 24-7 lead over Tampa Bay only to go on to lose, 38-31; built a 20-3 lead at New Orleans before falling, 30-27, in overtime; and then squandered a 16-0 lead against Jacksonville, falling behind 29-22, before rallying for a 39-29 victory.

 

Los Angeles coach Anthony Lynn, who said "we're going to have to figure this sh*t out" immediately after the latest meltdown against the Broncos, was asked if his team might have a mental issue after building big leads.

 

"I hope not," Lynn said. "That's our goal is to get ahead in the game. Now we just need to finish. That's the only thing this team is focused on."

 

Lynn said the Chargers have been open about addressing the situation in the locker room.

 

"It's something we've talked about," Lynn said. "No, we're not afraid to bring it up. We know that it's a problem, and we know that we need to fix it, and we need to do it soon."

 

The defensive collapses, which have put both Lynn and defensive coordinator Gus Bradley on the hot seat, also have taken the spotlight away from a sizzling start by rookie quarterback Justin Herbert.

 

Herbert, who is first in the AFC with an average of 303.3 passing yards per game, has thrown three or more touchdown passes in four consecutive games, joining Deshaun Watson (2017) as the only rookies in NFL history to accomplish that feat. He also is the only quarterback in NFL history to pass for 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns in his first six games.

 

"We're awfully close," Herbert said. "Unfortunately, we didn't get the win last week and we're on to the Raiders."

 

"This young man is a problem for everyone in the AFC," Raiders coach Jon Gruden said of Herbert.

 

Las Vegas (4-3), which has won the last two meetings with the Chargers, comes in off a 16-6 victory at windy and at times snowy Cleveland as Josh Jacobs rushed for a season-high 128 yards on a career-high 31 carries.

 

Quarterback Derek Carr, despite battling wind gusts of 50 mph, completed 15 of 24 passes for 111 yards, including a game-winning 4-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow to start the fourth quarter.

 

Jacobs, bothered by a minor knee injury, was a full participant at practice on Wednesday but eight players didn't participate with assorted ailments, including safety Johnathan Abram (illness), left tackle Kolton Miller (ankle), right tackle Trent Brown (illness), defensive end Arden Key (foot) and defensive tackle Maurice Hurst (ankle) and safety Jeff Heath (hip).

 

Center Rodney Hudson and defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins also sat out for what was listed as "not injury related."

 

Defensive end Joey Bosa and running back Troymaine Pope both remain in concussion protocol for Los Angeles and did not practice but offensive guard Trai Turner, who has been sidelined with a groin injury, took part and was limited.

 

--Field Level Media

 

Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Justin Herbert's apparent game-winning 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Donald Parham Jr. on the final play of the game was reversed on replay and the Las Vegas Raiders held on for a wild 31-26 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday afternoon at Inglewood, Calif.

Parham appeared to have won the game when he caught Herbert's fade pass over defensive back Isaiah Johnson while falling out of the right corner of the end zone. But the touchdown call was overturned when replay showed that the ball hit the ground as he rolled on the sideline chalk.

Derek Carr completed 13-of-23 passes for 165 yards and two touchdowns for Las Vegas (5-3) which improved to 4-1 on the road and won its third straight away from home for just the third time in the past 15 seasons.

Justin Herbert completed 28-of-42 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns for Los Angeles (2-6), which lost for the sixth time in seven games. Keenan Allen caught nine passes for 103 yards and a touchdown and Kalen Ballage led the ground attack with 69 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

The Raiders, despite playing without starting tackles Kolton Miller (ankle) and Trent Brown (COVID-19), as well as starting left guard Richie Incognito (Achilles), built a 14-7 first half lead behind a strong game that rolled up 97 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown run by Devontae Booker and a 14-yarder by Josh Jacobs.

But Los Angeles rebounded to take a 17-14 halftime lead by scoring 10 points in the final 19 seconds. The Chargers tied the game 14-14 on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Herbert to a wide-open Allen.

Two plays after the score Jerry Tillery, filling in for the injured Joey Bosa (concussion), got the ball back on a strip sack and fumble recovery of Carr at the Las Vegas 27-yard line. It was Carr's league-leading fifth fumble lost. Michael Badgley, who earlier had missed from 48 yards, booted a 45-yard field goal to give the Chargers their first lead.

Las Vegas bounced back to take a 28-17 lead in the third quarter as Carr connected with Nelson Agholor for a 45-yard touchdown pass.

Following a three-and-out by the Chargers, Carr came right back to throw a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Darren Waller to cap an eight-play, 75-yard drive that featured a 53-yard completion from Carr to Hunter Renfrow on third down at the Las Vegas 31.

Los Angeles closed to 28-26 on a 29-yard field goal by Badgley and a four-yard touchdown pass from Herbert to Hunter Henry with 9:04 remining in the game. The Chargers tried to tie it with a two-point conversion but Tyrod Taylor was stopped on a scramble by linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski.

The Raiders took advantage of a muffed punt by KJ Hill that Kyle Wilber recovered at the Los Angeles 31 to increase their lead to 31-26 on a 31-yard field goal by Daniel Carlson with 4:41 left setting the stage for the dramatic ending.

--Field Level Media