The Los Angeles Chargers (5-9) host the Oakland Raiders (6-8) this weekend for an all-California clash. Kickoff is set for 4:05 PM EST on December 22nd at Dignity Health Sports Park and the game will be televised on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Chargers listed as 5.5-point home favorites. The spread has increased by over a full point after early betting, as Los Angeles is currently available at -7. The total for this matchup is 45 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 16 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Chargers vs Raiders Game Odds & Betting Preview
The Raiders lost their fourth consecutive game last weekend, falling 20-16 against Jacksonville in their final home game before moving to Las Vegas. Oakland led 16-3 at the half but couldn’t find a way to hold on for the win down the stretch, getting outscored 14-0 in the fourth quarter. QB Derek Carr went 22/36 for 267 passing yards and one touchdown through the air while RB Josh Jacobs rushed for 89 yards on a team-high 24 carries on the ground. TE Darren Waller torched the Jaguars secondary, racking up eight catches for 122 receiving yards. Overall, the Raiders gained close to 400 total yards of offense but found the end zone just once in the defeat.
Oakland was fairly solid defensively against the Jags, giving up well under 300 total yards of offense and only two touchdowns. The Raiders were especially strong defending against the run, allowing only 77 rushing yards on the ground.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers have now come up short in four out of their last five outings after getting crushed 39-10 against Minnesota last weekend. Los Angeles trailed 19-10 at the half but got dominated on both sides of the ball over the final 30 minutes of the game, getting outscored 20-0 down the stretch. QB Philip Rivers certainly wasn’t at his best, throwing three interceptions and going 28/39 for 307 passing yards and only one touchdown through the air. RB Melvin Gordon led the way on the ground, rushing for just 28 yards on seven carries. Keenan Allen and Mike Williams torched the Vikings secondary, combining for 170 receiving yards and a touchdown. As a whole, the Chargers generated close to 400 total yards of offense but scored only one touchdown in the blowout loss.
Los Angeles had a rough outing on the other side of the ball against the Vikings, getting lit up for well over 300 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. The Chargers couldn’t find a way to slow down Minnesota RB Mike Boone, allowing him to rack up 56 yards and two touchdowns on only 13 carries.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Chargers -7
I’m mostly going to avoid this AFC West clash altogether on Sunday afternoon, as both the spread and the total look pretty bang on. There certainly isn’t enough value to be had in this matchup to recommend a specific play, especially with both teams only really playing for pride at this point of the season. If forced to pick a side against the spread, I’d probably lean just slightly towards laying the touchdown and rolling with the home favorite here in Week 16. The Chargers biggest weakness on defense through their first 14 games has been on the ground, but Oakland may have a difficult time establishing the run after it was announced that Josh Jacobs won’t suit up this weekend due to a lingering shoulder injury.
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It is also important to note that Los Angeles has owned the Raiders against the spread over the past couple of seasons, as they have now covered the number in three out of their last four meetings with Oakland. On the other side, the Raiders are an embarrassing 0-5 against the spread over their last five outings overall and just 0-5 ATS in their last five battles with AFC opponents. Oakland has also failed to cover the number in four out of their last six road games as well. Again, I’m likely going to avoid this particular spot entirely due to the efficient nature of both the spread and the total. However, I think that Los Angeles should have just a tiny edge at home in this matchup, so I’d rather take my chances with the Chargers than put my faith in an Oakland squad that has lost three out of their last four games by at least 20 points.