The NFL playoff bracket will be settled on Sunday Night Football and the focus is squarely on the AFC West. The Las Vegas Raiders welcome the Los Angeles Chargers to Allegiant Stadium, and the winner will clinch a berth in the postseason. The Raiders are 9-7 this season with a 4-4 home record and an active three-game winning streak. The Chargers, meanwhile, are also 9-7 with a 4-3 road mark this season.
Kickoff is set for 8:20 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Los Angeles as a three-point road favorite, while the over-under, or total number of points expected, is 48.5 in the latest Raiders vs. Chargers odds. Before making any Chargers vs. Raiders picks, be sure to see the Sunday Night Football predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Chargers vs. Raiders and locked in its Sunday Night Football picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several NFL odds and betting lines for Raiders vs. Chargers:
- Raiders vs. Chargers spread: Chargers -3
- Raiders vs. Chargers over-under: 48.5 points
- Raiders vs. Chargers money line: Chargers -170, Raiders +145
- LAC: The Chargers are 4-3 against the spread in road games
- LV: The Raiders are 3-5 against the spread in home games
Why the Chargers can cover
Los Angeles is an offense-first team, headlined by a dynamic passing game that puts pressure on opposing defenses. However, the Chargers are also in a good position on defense against the Raiders. Los Angeles is above-average in passing defense, allowing 224.3 yards per game, and the Chargers are giving up only 21 completions per game and a completion rate of 64.4 percent. Los Angeles is No. 1 in the NFL in fourth down defense, allowing a conversion rate of 28.6 percent, and Las Vegas scuffles on the ground.
The Raiders are in the bottom five of the NFL in rushing yards (90.2 per game) and yards per carry (3.8), and Las Vegas is below-average in scoring offense with 21.2 points per game. The Raiders have thrown 14 interceptions and given up 37 sacks, below-average figures in both areas. Plus, Las Vegas is No. 29 in red zone efficiency, scoring a touchdown on only 50.9 percent of trips inside the 20-yard line.
Why the Raiders can cover
Las Vegas is viewed as an offense-first team, and that is backed up in the numbers. However, the Raiders do have defensive strengths that are notable and important. Las Vegas is in the top 10 of the NFL in passing defense, allowing 214.6 yards per game. That contributes to an above-average mark in total defense, with opponents averaging only 330.8 yards per game overall. Opponents are averaging 6.7 yards per pass attempt against Las Vegas and, on the ground, the Raiders are walling up and allowing only 4.2 yards per carry.
The Chargers average only 109.3 rushing yards per game, a below-average mark, and the Raiders can be confident in slowing the Los Angeles ground attack. On offense, the Raiders are potent, averaging 364.9 yards per game in total and 274.7 passing yards per game. The Chargers are giving up 26.5 points per game on defense, and Los Angeles is in the bottom three of the NFL in rushing defense (136.7 yards allowed per game) and third down efficiency allowed (49.7 percent).
How to make Chargers vs. Raiders picks
SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 56 points. The model also says one side of the spread has all the value. You can only see the model's Raiders vs. Chargers picks at SportsLine.
So who wins Raiders vs. Chargers on Sunday Night Football? And which side of the spread has all the value? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Chargers vs. Raiders spread you need to jump on Sunday, all from the model that has crushed its NFL picks, and find out.