The Oakland Raiders travel down the California coast December 5th to face a San Diego Chargers team looking to extract some revenge for their earlier loss to the Oakland Raiders. The Oakland Raiders have followed their three game win streak with a two game losing streak.
The Oakland Raiders have lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers on the road and the Miami Dolphins on their home field. The San Diego Chargers are in winter form after they destroyed Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football.
San Diego Chargers Offense vs Oakland Raiders Defense
Phillip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers are in their usual late season power drive to the NFL Playoffs after disposing of the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis last weekend. Rivers is making the best of a bad situation with many of his receivers going in and out of the line up with injuries or in Vincent Jackson’s case a labor dispute.
Vincent Jackson played only a few plays after returning to the lineup for the San Diego Chargers before he was out with a calf strain. This will not go over well with San Diego Chargers general manager AJ Smith. It does appear to be a power move by Jackson but the Chargers aren’t in need of his services if he is making a power move.
The Oakland Raiders defense was destroyed by the Miami Dolphins heading into this game. The Oakland Raiders secondary was not the issue in their recent loss but the run defense failed as did their linebackers. This game will either prove the Miami Dolphins game was just lack of preparation or that was the real Oakland Raiders. The San Diego Chargers offense has a definite edge over the Oakland Raiders defense.
Oakland Raiders Offense vs San Diego Chargers Defense
Brad Gradkowski, the new temporary Oakland Raiders quarterback had a rough game against a mediocre Miami Dolphins defense. Darren McFadden once again had difficulty breaking out but on this game against the San Diego Chargers he could have a big game. McFadden missed the first game against the Chargers but Michael Bush ran for 104 yards.
Jacoby Ford has been the best offensive weapon for the Oakland Raiders whether on return duty or making one of his amazing grabs over a defenders head. Ford is a one man highlight reel that fits in well with the many athletes on the Oakland Raiders offense. If they could only get them all working well together the same week.
The San Diego Chargers defense has stepped it up a notch as the season has worn on. The secondary has been among the best in the NFL and they are holding their opposition to less than 190 yards passing per game. Against the run the San Diego Chargers are equally stout. They are allowing less than 90 yards per game and they are instilling fear in every offense they face. The San Diego Chargers defense has the edge over the Oakland Raiders offense.
Oakland Raiders vs San Diego Chargers-10: Pick Against the Spread & Breakdown
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook has posted the San Diego Chargers as a 10 point favorite over the visiting Oakland Raiders team that beat them in Oakland earlier this season. The Oakland Raiders are 3-2 against the spread on the road and the San Diego Chargers are 3-1 against the spread on their home field. Ten points is a lot of points but the San Diego Chargers are riding high and this could be a blow out of epic proportions. Take the San Diego Chargers -10 over the Oakland Raiders.
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