A victory by Oakland over San Diego will end a 14-year playoff drought for the Raiders are focused on securing the long-craved postseason spot when they visit the Chargers on Sunday. The NFL Week 15 betting line favors the Raiders by a FG. Kick-off is this Sunday, December 18 at 4:25 PM ET on CBS from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.
Oakland Raiders Vs San Diego Chargers Spread & ATS Pick
What: Oakland Raiders (10-3) at San Diego Chargers (5-8)
When: Sunday, December 18, 2016
Start Time: 4:25 PM ET
Where: San Diego, CA
Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium
Spread: Raiders -3
Moneyline: Oakland -150 vs San Diego +130
Game Total: 49.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: Oakland vs San Diego
Why Bet The Oakland Raiders To Beat The Chargers
The Oakland Raiders had ten days to prepare for this meeting after falling to KC by a 21-13 score last week on Thursday night. They are 10-3 SU and 8-5 ATS this season. They average 27.5 points per game (2nd) and allow 24.6 points per game (23rd).
The Raiders average 264.2 passing yards per game (5th). QB Derek Carr (3492 yards, 24 TDs & 5 INTs) is battling a finger injury from two weeks ago. He struggled against Kansas City last week completing 17 of 41 passes for 117 yards. Carr’s favorite target is WR Amari Cooper (73 rec, 1010 yards, 4 TDs) who went over the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight campaign. Cooper, who has 73 receptions, ranks sixth in the NFL with 1,010 receiving yards.
Oakland averages 116.2 rushing yards per game (6th). RB Latavius Murray (162 car, 656 yards, 12 TDs) had 103 yards and one touchdown against the Chiefs last week.
Oakland has the 30th-ranked total defense in the NFL. They allow 264.0 passing yards per game (27th) and 120.2 rushing yards per game (26th). Malcolm Smith has 78 tackles, and Khalil Mack has 11.0 sacks.
Why Bet The San Diego Chargers To Beat The Raiders
The Chargers have lost three of their last four games, but they will look to spoil the Raiders playoff party s. San Diego is 5-8 SU and 7-6 ATS this season. They average 26.8 points per game (4th) and allow 26.7 points per game (29th).
San Diego averages 262.8 passing yards per game (6th). QB Philip Rivers (3589 yards, 27 TDs & 17 INTs) started the season in great fashion but has lost a steady stream of offensive weapons. The lastest being RB Melvin Gordon. Rivers has thrown ten interceptions in the last four games. WR Tyrell Williams (55 rec, 905 yards, 6 TDs) has emerged as a top target in the passing offense with so many injuries. Last year he only had two catches for 90 yards on his rookie season.
The Chargers average 98.0 rushing yards per game (23rd). The team lost RB Melvin Gordon (254 car, 997 yards, 10 TDs) with a hip and knee injury early last week. Undrafted rookie Kenneth Farrow and recent pickup Ronnie Hillman will share the ball-carrying duties.
"We’re not going to throw him out there so he can get a couple yards so he can say he got a thousand yards," Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said. "And he doesn’t want that, either. I’m going to make sure that he’s ready to go and be Melvin when he gets back on the field. That’s the most important thing."
San Diego has the 16th-ranked total defense in the NFL. They allow 261.0 passing yards per game (25th) and 91.9 rushing yards per game (7th). Korey Toomer has 67 tackles, and Joey Bosa has 6.5 sacks.
If You Still Can’t Decide Who To Bet On:
- Oakland is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
- Oakland is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
- Oakland is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
- Oakland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- San Diego is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
- San Diego is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games
- San Diego is 5-14 ATS in its last 19 games at home
- San Diego is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games at home
Oakland Vs Chargers ATS Pick & Final Score Prediction
You may be tempted to pick the Chargers in the upset, as they are better than their record suggests, while the Raiders aren’t quite as good as their record suggests. But the Raiders are playoff bound and the Chargers are playing for nothing. Everyone knows of Carr’s late game heroics since his entry into the league. San Diego will put up a fight, but I’ll say Oakland makes a big play in the fourth quarter to turn the game.
My final score prediction is Oakland 27, San Diego 21.