Raiders Down in the NFL Odds for Game vs San Diego
Derrick Carr and the Oakland Raiders will look to pull off the upset over Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers when the two rivals square off in a week 7 AFC West divisional matchup that could help determine the postseason fates of both teams. Now, let’s find out which playoff hopeful is going to bring home the bacon!
Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers
When: 4:05 PM ET, Sunday, October 25, 2015
Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California
NFL Odds: San Diego -4
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Oakland Raiders (2-3 SU, 2-3 ATS)
The Raiders have dropped two straight, including their narrow 16-10 loss against Denver as a 5-point home underdog in Week 5.
“We believe in each other and that’s the main thing going forward,” running back Latavius Murray said despite being held to a season-low 39 yards against the Broncos.
The Raiders have been held to 70 rushing yards or less three times this season and is averaging just 3.0 yards per carry over their last two games.
“We know what has to get done,” Murray said. “I’ll put it on me. It starts with me being the best runner I could be and trusting those guys up front.”
The Raiders will be without Justin Tuck for the remainder of the season after the veteran suffered a torn pectoral muscle against Denver.
“We’ll miss him on the field,” defensive back Charles Woodson said. “He’s an important part of our defense so not to have that guy and have to essentially find somebody to replace him, that’s always tough in whatever position it is to replace one of your main guys.”
San Diego Chargers (2-4 SU, 2-4 ATS)
San Diego has also dropped two straight including its 27-20 Week 6 loss against Green Bay, though they covered the spread as a 10-point road dog in the loss. With a first-and-goal at the Green Bay 3-yard line with less than 40 seconds to play, the Bolts came up just short in their bid to send the game to overtime.
“You’ve got to laugh to keep from crying,” quarterback Philip Rivers said. “Another one, another one that’s tough.”
The loss put a dampener on a record-setting day for Rivers, who set franchise marks with 43 completions, 65 attempts and 503 passing yards.
“We’ve all got to play a little better for him, to help him, make things easier on him,” said safety Eric Weddle, who is dealing with a groin injury. “He, like everyone else, has to get better, myself, everyone, we all need to get a little bit better.”
Game Analysis: 64 percent of the betting public are clearly on the right page in picking the ‘semi-desperate’ San Diego Chargers to bring home the bacon in this Week 7 AFC West showdown.
While I’ve been very impressed with Oakland this season as they continue their rebuilding process under first-year head coach Jack Del Rio and second-year signal-caller Derek Carr, I think Philip Rivers and the dangerous Chargers get the convincing home win n this contest for three main reasons. The Bolts are desperate o get back to .500 after falling to 2-4 after last week’s loss. San Diego also has the added incentive of playing an important division matchup and last but not least, the Chargers are playing at home.
I know the Raiders are a near-perfect 5-1 ATS in their last six road games against San Diego and 4-1 ATS in their last five meetings, but Oakland is also just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against their AFC West division rivals and just 1-4 ATS in their last five road games.
I think this contest will be a high-scoring affair that San Diego wins and plays Over the Total.
My Pick: San Diego 34 Oakland 27