Raiders Host Chargers: Preview, Latest Line, Pick

NFL Thursday Night Football kicks off from northern California on Christmas Eve with an AFC West showdown between the visiting San Diego Chargers and host Oakland Raiders.

 

Oakland looks to sweep the two-game series with San Diego this season for the first time in 5 seasons. Oakland defeated San Diego on October 25 by the score of 37-29. The Raiders built a lead of 31 points but had to hold off a rally by San Diego that just fell short.

Prior to the loss, San Diego has beaten Oakland in three straight games and six of the past seven. This will be Charles Woodson’s last home game for Oakland as he announced on Monday he would retire following this season.

San Diego scored just a field goal in losses to Denver as well as Kansas City, prior to defeating Miami last Sunday 30-14 as Philip Rivers threw for 311 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Melvin Gordon, the rookie running back for San Diego was injured in the game and will sit out the final two Chargers games of the season. Donald Brown will start in Gordon’s absence. He rushed for 90 yards last week versus Miami.

Oakland is coming off a 30-20 loss to Green Bay. Derek Carr threw a pick six in the game, but also had two touchdown passes to Amari Cooper the rookie wide out.

Woodson needs just one interception to reach No. 5 all-time alone with 66.

Rivers could become the first San Diego quarterback to have three seasons with 4,500 yards passing as he needs just 213 yards.

Latavius Murray needs only 44 yards to reach 1,000 rushing for Oakland.

Latest Line

Favorite: Oakland -5, Over/Under: 47

San Diego enters this game with an overall record on the season of 4-10 straight up and 6-8 against the spread, while Oakland on the season has an overall record of 6-8 SU and 7-7 ATS

On the road, the Chargers are 1-5 SU and 4-2 ATS, while at home, the Raiders are 2-5 SU and ATS.

San Diego is 1-5 against the number in its past five games versus Oakland. The underdog has covered in 12 of the past 13 games between the two teams.

Lean: Oakland at this point in the season is playing much better than San Diego. The Raiders offense is much stronger as well as the defense. The lean here is a strong toward the Silver and Black.

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