San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders, Odds, Pick & Betting Preview

San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders, Odds, Pick & Betting Preview

The Oakland Raiders will host the San Diego Chargers in their season home finale in their Christmas Eve tilt this Thursday, December 24th. The game kicks off on the NFL Network at 8:25 PM ET from the Coliseum. Speculation is mounting that this could be the final game for the Raiders in Oakland as was last week’s Chargers game in San Diego. The Raiders and Chargers are both rumored to be moving to Los Angeles after this season. The even weirder rumors are after the Bolts move the the City of Angels, the Raiders will replace the Super Chargers in San Diego.

The holidays are making everyone crazy.

How To Bet The San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders NFL Week 16 Odds

The Christmas Eve NFL Week 16 betting odds favor the Raiders by 5 points to beat the Chargers. If you are betting the game straight up San Diego pays 195 on 100 while Oakland pays 100 on 235.The game total is at 47 points. The visiting team has gone 7-3 against the spread in the past 10 meetings. San Diego is also 3-0 ATS in its last three games as an underdog versus Oakland. Now let’s find out who you should bet on to win big!

What: San Diego Chargers (4-10) at Oakland Raiders (6-8)
When: Thursday, December 24, 2015
Kickoff: 8:25 PM ET 
Where: Oakland, CA
Stadium: Coliseum
Spread: Raiders -5
Moneyline: San Diego +195 vs Oakland -235
Game Total: 47
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Stream: NFL Network
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Why Bet On The San Diego Chargers at +5 Over The Texans

The San Diego Chargers are 4-10 straight up and 6-8 against the spread this season. They average 20.0 points (25th), 293.8 passing yards (4th) and 84.0 rushing yards (31st) per game. Last week, they beat the Miami Dolphins by a 30-14 score with an inspired effort by diminutive rusher Danny Woodhead (64 rec, 651 yards, 6 TDs) who scored a career best 4 TDs.

QB Philip Rivers (4287 yards, 26 TDs & 12 INTs) completed 26 of 36 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns, all of them to Woodhead. He also turned the ball over twice.

With Keenan Allen (67 rec, 725 yards, 4 TDs) sidelined, Woodhead has turned into Rivers’ top target. TE Antonio Gates (51 rec, 585 yards, 4 TDs) has looked slow since his return from a 4-game PED suspension to start the season.

Rookie RB Melvin Gordon (184 att, 641 yards, 0 TDs) was drafted in hopes of the first true franchise rusher since LaDainian Tomlinson, but his season has been a disaster on the stat sheet. Earlier this week Gordon’s season came to an anticlimactic end when the Bolts placed him on injured reserve with torn cartilage in his left knee.

The Chargers gave up a fourth-round selection in this year’s draft and a fifth-rounder in 2016 to move up two spots, selecting Gordon with the No. 15 overall pick.

San Diego’s defense allows 24.9 points (19th), 237.0 passing yards (12th) and 120.6 rushing yards (24th) per game. Eric Weddle has 75 tackles, Jeremiah Attaochu has 6.5 sacks, and Jason Verrett has 11 deflected passes.

Why Bet On The Oakland Raiders at -5 Over The Chargers

The Oakland Raiders are 6-8 straight up and 7-7 against the spread this season. They average 22.8 points (14th), 253.4 passing yards (13th) and 93.1 rushing yards (26th) per game. Last week, they lost at home to the Green Bay Packers by a 30-20 score.

Derek Carr (3589 yards, 30 TDs & 11 INTs) has turned into the Raiders franchise quarterback that they hoped when drafting him. His 23 of 47 completed passes for 276 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions was an off-week.

WR Amari Cooper (68 rec, 1040 yards, 6 DTs) is the first Raider rookie with1000 receiving yards since Randy Moss in 2006. WR Michael Crabtree (76 rec, 849 yards, 7 TDs) still leads the team in receptions and touchdowns. The future looks bright for the Raiders pass attack.

RB Latavius Murray (236 att, 956 yards, 5 TDs) rushed for 78 yards on 21 carries last week. It was is seventh straight game without hitting the century mark.

Oakland’s defense allows 25.4 points (22nd), 266.0 passing yards (28th) and 101.2 rushing yards (13th) per game. Malcolm Smith has 103 tackles, Khalil Mack has 15.0 sacks, and Charles Woodson has five interceptions.

Woodson announced his retirement at the end of the season earlier this week.

Betting Trends Related To This Matchup:

  • 10/12/2014: San Diego won 31 to 28, Oakland covered +7, Game went over 43
  • 11/16/2014: San Diego won 13 to 6, Oakland covered +10, Game came under 44.5
  • 10/25/2015: Oakland won 37 to 29, Oakland covered +3.5, Game went over 48
  • The visiting team is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games in this matchup.
  • The Chargers are 3-0 ATS in their last three games as underdogs against the Raiders.
  • The Raiders are 5-20-1 ATS in their last 26 games as home favorites.

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction:

Oakland has enjoyed success in covering the spread versus San Diego, even during their lean years. The Raiders have covered five of the past six meetings and 10 of the last 13. This will be a high scoring game on Christmas Eve. Expect fireworks from the Raiders in what could be their last game in Oakland.

My final score prediction is San Diego 24, Oakland 31.

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