NFL Week 6 Pick: Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders

Matthew Jordan

Monday, September 4, 2017 10:30 PM UTC

Monday, Sep. 4, 2017 10:30 PM UTC

It’s Los Angeles’ new NFL team against its old one on Sunday as the AFC West rival Chargers and Raiders meet for the first time this season. Survivor Pick: Oakland.

Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders (-3, TBA)

What a difference a year makes! At this time in 2016, it was quite possible to envision the Chargers still playing in San Diego with a new stadium on the way in a few years and the Raiders playing in Los Angeles instead of heading to Las Vegas in 2020. But the city of San Diego said no to a new stadium. It’s all about the owners of those teams raping the public for as much money as possible. The Raiders swept the Chargers last year, winning each by a field goal, and have taken the past four in the series. Whether they make it five depends on quarterback Derek Carr returning from his one-game absence due to a back injury. All signs point to him doing so, although it’s why there was no opening total posted and that -3 number could grow. The Raiders predictably struggled offensively in a home loss to Baltimore in Week 5 behind E.J. Manuel. The Chargers could just as easily be 4-1 instead of 1-4 but at least they got into the W column with a comeback win at the winless Giants last Sunday. 

  • Chargers are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 meetings.
  • Raiders are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home.
Free NFL Pick: Raiders -3Best Line Offered: GT Bets

[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3193112, "sportsbooksIds":[1602,999996,169,1096,43], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1 }[/]

Oakland has lost three in a row and the offense managed just 10 points in each of the last two games Carr played. The lone good news last week vs. Baltimore was the return from a one-game injury absence of WR Michael Crabtree. He had six receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown, his fourth TD of the year. Since joining the Raiders in 2015, Crabtree ranks fourth in the NFL with 21 receiving touchdowns, trailing only Odell Beckham Jr., Antonio Brown and Doug Baldwin. Now if only Amari Cooper could get going – he has been one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL. The Chargers have about as good of a skill-position trio as anyone in QB Philip Rivers, RB Melvin Gordon and WR Keenan Allen. Rivers is fifth in the league in passing yards (1,365) and seventh in TDs (nine) and completions (116). Allen has 28 catches for 401 yards and a score, while Melvin Gordon had a 100-yard rushing game and two receiving TDs last week, including the winner vs. the Giants. Gordon had only two career TD catches entering that one. Incidentally, the next TD pass between and TE Antonio Gates will be the 86th for the duo, breaking a tie with Steve Young and Jerry Rice for the second-most in NFL history. This looks like a 35-28 type game.

  • Over is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Oakland.
  • Over is 20-5-1 in Raiders last 26 home games.
Free NFL Pick: OverBest Line Offered: BetOnline

[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3193112, "sportsbooksIds":[1096,93,1275,238,19], "LineTypeId":3, "PeriodTypeId":1 }[/]

comment here