Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers - 12/22/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Oakland Raiders (6-8) at Los Angeles Chargers (5-9)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 22, 2019 at 4:05 pm (Dignity Health Sports Park)
The Line: Los Angeles Chargers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 45.5
The Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers meet Sunday in week 16 NFL action at Dignity Health Sports Park.
The Oakland Raiders need a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Oakland Raiders have lost four straight road games. Derek Carr is completing 70 percent of his passes for 3,372 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Carr has one or less touchdown passes in 12 of his last 20 games. Darren Waller and Tyrell Williams have combined for 1,570 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Hunter Renfrow has 36 receptions. The Oakland Raiders ground game is averaging 121.2 yards per contest, and Josh Jacobs leads the way with 1,150 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Oakland is allowing 27.6 points and 368.2 yards per game. Tahir Whitehead leads the Oakland Raiders with 98 tackles, Maxx Crosby has 8.5 sacks and Erik Harris has three interceptions.
The Los Angeles Chargers need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Los Angeles Chargers have lost four of their last five home games. Philip Rivers is completing 65.6 percent of his passes for 4,055 yards, 21 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Rivers has three touchdown passes in five of his last 18 games. Keenan Allen and Mike Williams have combined for 1,958 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Austin Ekeler has 78 receptions. The Los Angeles Chargers ground game is averaging 94.7 yards per contest, and Melvin Gordon leads the way with 551 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 20.7 points and 307.6 yards per game. Thomas Davis leads the Los Angeles Chargers with 107 tackles, Joey Bosa has 10.5 sacks and Rayshawn Jenkins has three interceptions.
The Raiders are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 road games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games as a road underdog and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Chargers are 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 home games, 1-3-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Raiders last 5 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Chargers last 6 home games. The Raiders are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings in Los Angeles and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The road team is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings. The underdog is 16-5 ATS in their last 21 meetings.
The Oakland Raiders just can't get out of their own way, as they looked like a possible playoff team last month and now you have to question their motivation after getting booed off the field in their last home game ever in Oakland. The Los Angeles Chargers have obvious issues of their own and it seems like every week they're in games that come down to the wire. It's not going to get better with Rivers throwing interceptions. Five of the last eight meetings between the Raiders and Chargers have been decided by three or less points. Give me the Raiders and the points.