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Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers Pick & Prediction SEPTEMBER 11th 2022

NFL | FOOTBALL
TV: CBS
Logo Las Vegas Raiders
VS
Logo Los Angeles Chargers
51.5
OPENNER
-4

51.5o -108
CURRENT
-3.5 -110

-120
MONEYLINE
+100

19
SCORE
24

The Las Vegas Raiders start their season with a divisional matchup. They'll start their season against the Los Angeles Chargers in a game that should be an offensive showcase.

The Raiders had a strong 2021 offseason, bringing in superstar wide receiver Davante Adams. With Adams and Carr together again, the Raiders are poised to have one of the best offenses in the NFL.

The Los Angeles Chargers were one of the best teams in the AFC last season. Led by Justin Herbert, the Chargers had the second-best passing offense last year.

Now, they head into the 2022-23 season, looking to improve on last year. With a few new additions, this team could be a Super Bowl contender. They can get a strong start with a win in Week 1 over the Raiders.

Raiders vs. Chargers Odds (NFL Week 1)

TV: CBS

MONEY LINE: Raiders (+148) vs. Chargers (-176)

SPREAD: Raiders +3.5 (-118) vs. Chargers -3.5 (-104)

GAME TOTAL: Over 52.5 (-106) vs. Under 52.5 (-114)

Raiders vs. Chargers Betting Preview

The Las Vegas Raiders went through a few big changes during the offseason. One of the most notable would be the addition of Josh McDaniels as their head coach. McDaniels comes from the Bill Belichick coaching tree, so you know he's an intelligent head coach.

Another huge move was the addition of Davante Adams. Formerly with the Green Bay Packers, Adams finished with over 1,500 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. He's joining back up with Derek Carr, who he played with at Fresno State.

Carr threw for 4,804 yards last season, along with 23 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. As a team, the Raiders averaged 268.6 passing yards per game.

Their biggest problem, however, is that they lacked a running game. They'll need one against the intense defense of the Chargers.

The Los Angeles Chargers ended the year with a 9-8 record in 2021. It was a relatively disappointing year, but they had a lot to look forward to. They have a franchise quarterback in Justin Herbert and an incredibly strong receiving corps.

The Chargers' offense ranked fifth in the NFL last year, averaging 27.9 points per game. They averaged 282.4 yards passing in each game, ranking second in the league. Both Mike Williams and Keenan Allen return to the receiving corps to help Herbert win big this season.

As they prepare to face the Raiders, the Chargers need to focus on Davante Adams. It's likely that defensive back J.C. Jackson will travel with Adams the entire game.

The Chargers also added Khalil Mack to be paired with Joey Bosa. So, their defense is well equipped to win.

Raiders vs. Chargers Picks

The AFC West is a tight division with four competitive teams. Of the group, however, we think the Raiders are going to end up last in the division.

Their defense was a problem last season, allowing 25.8 points per game. They've also gone 1-2 in their last three games against the Los Angeles Chargers. Keeping that in mind, we think the best bet is the Chargers at -3.5.

Several players are on the injured reserve for the Las Vegas Raiders. Of the injured players is Darren Waller, one of Carr's favorite targets. The Chargers not only have an impressive offense but a strong defense to go with it.

The duo of Bosa and Mack will give opposing quarterbacks a lot of problems this season. So, we'll go with the Chargers at home over the Raiders.

Final Score: 26-21 (Chargers)

EXTRA POINTS

1. The total has gone UNDER in four of Las Vegas' last five games.

2. The total has gone UNDER in five of the Los Angeles Chargers' last six games at home against Las Vegas.

3. The Chargers are 2-1 against the spread in their last three games against the Raiders.

Best Bet: Los Angeles Chargers -3.5 (-104) and Under 52-5 (-114)

PREDICTION
Las Vegas Raiders
25
28
Los Angeles Chargers

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

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