The Los Angeles Chargers began the week in AFC Playoff position. At the same time, the Las Vegas Raiders were the top bubble team. Thus, Sunday night’s game in Las Vegas may as well be a playoff game. The Raiders are coming off an impressive must-win game at the Indianapolis Colts. Vegas was a decided underdog but showed resiliency and toughness in the upset.
In comparison, the Chargers looked like an NFL Football Lines bully in routing the Denver Broncos. Earlier this season, Los Angeles dominated Las Vegas 28-14. But on Sunday Night, the Raiders seek revenge and a postseason bid. Matchups such as this are why NBC backs up the truck to televise Sunday Night games.
NFL Lines – Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders
On Sunday, January 9, 2022, the Las Vegas Raiders host the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kickoff time is 8:20 p.m. ET with television coverage on NBC.
This rivalry goes back to the founding of the American Football League in 1960. The Chargers and Raiders have shared the same division every year since. Casuals will be on the Raiders as the home underdog seeking a potential playoff spot in this situation. But sharps see NFL picks and parlays value in a Chargers team that has developed one of the NFL’s better offenses. Additionally, the Wise Guys see the Raiders as a thoughtless play by squares.
Chargers at Raiders Playoff Picture
Los Angeles can clinch a playoff berth with a win or a tie. The Raiders need a win or a tie PLUS an Indianapolis Colts loss OR a Colts loss and a Pittsburgh Steelers loss or tie.
Las Vegas Raiders
Last time out, Las Vegas beat Indianapolis 23-20 as 8.5-point road dogs. The game went under the NFL football betting picks total of 46.5. Now Las Vegas stands at 9-7 straight up, 7-9 against the spread, and 7-9 over/under. The Raiders rank 11th for total offense and 18th for scoring offense. Defensively, Las Vegas ranks 13th overall and 24th for points allowed. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has a 94.3 QB rating with 4618 yards passing and a 21/14 TD/INT ratio.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers are coming off a 34-13 rout of the Denver Broncos as 8.5-point home favorites. The game went over the Free NFL picks total of 45. Now Los Angeles enters this week at 9-7 straight up, 8-8 against the spread, and 9-7 over/under. To summarize, the Lightning Bolts rank 4th for total offense and 6th for scoring offense. Defensively, Los Angeles is 22nd overall and 26th for points allowed.
Quarterback Justin Herbert continues to grow as a top-tier NFL quarterback. Overall, Herbert has a 99.5 QB rating with 4631 yards passing and a 35/14 TD/INT ratio. Also, Herbert has a pair of 1000-yard receivers in Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. And then running back Austin Ekeler brings 847 rushing yards, 612 receiving yards, and 18 combined touchdowns.
Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders Vs. the Odds
In away games, Los Angeles is 57% against the spread. As chalk, the Chargers are 39% vs. the odds. In AFC West matchups, Los Angeles is 43% against the spread. On the road, the Chargers are 60% over the total. And then, as a favorite, the Chargers are 48% over/under the total. And in division matchups, Los Angeles is 52% over the total.
At Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas is 43% against the spread. While as an underdog, the Raiders are 58% vs. the odds. In AFC West games, Vegas is 58% against the spread. In home games, Las Vegas is 59% over the total. When getting points, the Raiders are 60% over the total. And in AFC West games, Las Vegas is 52% over the total.
In this rivalry series, Los Angeles is 6-3 against the spread vs. Las Vegas. The Chargers and Raiders are 3-7 under the total. At Las Vegas, Los Angeles is 5-1 vs. the odds against the Raiders. Further, these two teams are 2-1 over the Bet on NFL games total at Las Vegas.
Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders Free Picks
In this situation, Justin Herbert should prove the difference for the Chargers.
Chargers at Raiders Best Bet: Los Angeles Chargers
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