January 7, 2022
It all comes down to Week 18 for AFC West rivals as the Las Vegas Raiders host the LA Chargers on Sunday Night Football with a playoff spot on the line. Win and you’re in, lose and go home to start the off-season.
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The Chargers are three point road favorites and beat the Raiders 28-14 on Monday Night when they first met back on October 4th. Since then Derek Carr, Josh Jacobs and Hunter Renfrow have held the team together as it’s imploded around them. Many thought the Raiders would crash and burn after their Head Coach stepped down due to… disparaging emails, their top wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was put in jail after killing someone while driving drunk, and most recently their rookie corner was arrested with a DUI. But no, this team is only one win away from making the playoffs.
The Chargers on the other hand have gone back and forth between looking like a team that could make a deep playoff run and an embarrassment that still has a young quarterback in Justin Herbert who isn’t quite ready for postseason play. They’ll blow out a team like the Bengals 41-22 only to get blown out by the Texans 41-29. Their defense has been a liability at times throughout the year, but I still like the Chargers to cover this spread.
Los Angeles just has too many weapons on offense compared to the Raiders, not to mention a coach who has shown that he’s willing to be aggressive when the game is on the line. Take the Chargers to win straight up and cover the three point spread.
The total points sits at 49.5 and it seems that many are expecting a high scoring and exciting game. However, this usually isn’t the case when these longtime rivals meet. In fact, these duo’s games have only gone over in three of their last ten meetings. With a playoff berth on the line and the bright lights of primetime shining down on them, I think the defense digs in and makes this a low scoring game that will come down to the end. Take the under and enjoy a tense playoff atmosphere for four straight quarters.
Wide Receiver Hunter Renfrow has been on a tear as of late and has found his way into the endzone in three out of the last four games. He has become Derek Carr’s primary target, and his first look when converting on third downs or in the red zone. Look for him to get into the endzone again on Sunday Night.
Los Angeles Chargers’ running back Austin Ekeler has played in fifteen games this season. In nine of them he’s gone over 39.5 receiving yards and 3 receptions. If you think the Chargers are going to be effective moving the ball in this game it will be in part because of Ekeler out of the backfield.