Oakland Raiders vs Los Angeles Chargers Picks, Odds, Week 16 Predictions 12/22/2019
Game: Oakland Raiders vs Los Angeles Chargers
Date: Sunday, December 22, 2019
Location: Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA
Odds/Point Spread: LA -6.5
Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers play the Oakland Raiders at Dignity Health Sports Park on Sunday, December 22, 2019. Los Angeles opens this matchup as 6.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 47. The Raiders are 6-8-0 ATS and 7-7-0 when betting on the total. The Chargers are 6-8-0 when wagering on the over/under and 5-9-0 against the spread.
In their last game, the Oakland Raiders faced the Jacksonville Jaguars and took the loss by a score of 20-16. Taking the lead at quarterback for the Raiders was Derek Carr who went 22/36 with 267 yards passing and tossed 1 TD. He ended the game without an interception. Josh Jacobs led the team on the ground during the game. He tore off a long run of 9 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He rushed for 89 yards on 24 carries which meant he was running for 3.7 yards per carry. Darren Waller was the receiving yardage leader by earning 122 yards on 8 catches. He earned an average of 15.3 yards per reception during the game. The Oakland Raiders ended up running the ball 32 times and racked up a total of 128 yards which had them averaging 4.0 yards per carry. In the game, the Raiders earned 27 1st downs and they totaled 6 penalties for 51 yards. In all, they ran 72 plays which gave them a total of 363 yards. On the defensive side of the ball, Oakland gave up 17 catches on 29 attempts totaling 185 yards, and a completion percentage of 59.0%. For the game, they allowed a total of 262 yards but weren't able to add any takeaways. On the ground, the Raiders gave up 77 yards on 22 runs which is an average of 3.5 yards per attempt allowed. Another prediction you may want to look into is the free NFL pick from Tony Sink on the Rams vs 49ers contest.
Raiders are Now 6-8 After Loss
The Raiders step onto the field holding a record of 6-8 this year. They are one of lowest scoring teams in the league with an average of 20 points per contest, which has them at 24th in the league. As a unit, they are averaging 121 rushing yards per contest which is 7th in the conference. For total yardage, they rank 5th in the AFC and 14th in the league with 4,976 yards. When it comes to getting in the endzone, the Raiders currently have a total of 20 passing touchdowns and 11 rushing TDs. They are a team that struggles to put points on the board in the AFC West and they will have to really have a good night if they want to have a good offensive game.
The Raiders have one of the middle tier defenses in the league, allowing 27.6 points per game ranking them 15th among AFC teams. When it comes to yards through the air, the Raiders have conceded 3,674 yards. Teams are completing 63.8% of the throws they are attempting against them and averaging 7.5 yards per try. They have conceded 32 passing touchdowns and 13 rushing TDs. When it comes to rushing yards, Oakland is allowing 105.8 yards per contest putting them 1st in the division and 14th in the league. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.1 yards per carry putting them 5th among AFC teams and 11th in the league overall. In total, they have conceded 1,697 rushing yards through 14 games.
In their last contest, the Los Angeles Chargers played the Minnesota Vikings and took the loss by a score of 39-10. Leading the way at QB for the Chargers was Philip Rivers who went 28/39 with 307 yards passing and completed 1 touchdown. He threw 3 picks in the game. Melvin Gordon paced the team in rushing in the game. He had a long run of 12 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He rushed for a total of 28 yards by way of 7 carries which gave him an average of 4.0 yards per carry. Keenan Allen was the receiving yardage leader with a total of 99 yards on 9 catches. He had an average of 11.0 yards per catch in the game. The Los Angeles Chargers ended up rushing 19 times and racked up 62 yards which gave them an average of 3.3 yards per carry. On the day, the Chargers totaled 17 1st downs and they totaled 5 infractions for 48 yards. For the game, they totaled 61 plays for 345 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Los Angeles allowed 19 completions on 25 tries totaling 207 yards, and a completion percentage of 76.0%. Overall, they gave up a total of 344 yards and forced 1 takeaway. In the running game, the Chargers allowed 137 yards on 37 attempts which means they had an average of 3.7 yards per run allowed. Guy Bruhn has a free pick for the game between the Texans and Buccaneers.
Chargers Now 5-9 After Loss
The Chargers head into this matchup 5-9. Los Angeles needs to do more to make teams respect their running game by averaging 95 yards on the ground per contest, which has them at 23rd in the league. As a team, they have a total of 1,326 rushing yards through 14 contests, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the league. The Chargers average 374 yards per contest overall putting them 8th in the NFL and 4th among AFC teams. When looking at their ability to score points, the Chargers currently sit at 2nd in the division and 20th out of all the teams in the league averaging 21.4 points per game.
The Chargers are allowing 20.7 points per contest ranking them 3rd among AFC West teams and 13th in the NFL. Their passing defense is one of the best groups in the league. They are conceding 197 passing yards per contest. For yards through the air allowed per game, the Chargers currently sit at 3rd among AFC teams. They have allowed 19 passing TDs for this season. When talking about points allowed, they have allowed 290 points in total. When talking about rushing yards, they are conceding 110 yards per contest which puts them at 17th among NFL teams and 2nd in the division. For this year, they have given up a total of 1,544 yards on the ground and 11 rushing TDs.
Who will win tonight's Raiders/Chargers NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Raiders +6.5
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