Los Angeles Chargers vs Las Vegas Raiders Prediction, 12/17/2020 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 15
Game: Los Angeles Chargers vs Las Vegas Raiders
Date: Thursday, December 17, 2020
Location: Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV
Odds/Point Spread: Las Vegas -3.5
Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers (4-9) head to Allegiant Stadium on Thursday where they'll meet the Las Vegas Raiders (7-6). Las Vegas opens this game as 3.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 55.
The Los Angeles Chargers head into this game 4-9 this season. In their last game they took on the Atlanta Falcons and won 20-17. Justin Herbert went 36/44 with 243 yards through the air and added 2 touchdowns. He walked away with 1 pick in the game. Austin Ekeler led the team in rushing during the game. He tore off a long run of 13 yards but he wasn't able to run one in for a touchdown. He ran for 79 yards on 15 carries which meant he was running for 5.3 yards per tote. Austin Ekeler led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 67 yards on 9 receptions. He had an average of 7.4 yards per reception during the game. The Los Angeles Chargers ran the ball 26 times and added 105 yards which had them averaging 4.0 yards per rush. For the game, they ran 71 plays which gave them a total of 345 yards. On the day, the Chargers earned 23 first downs and they had 6 infractions for 40 yards. In terms of defense, Los Angeles allowed 22 completions on 33 tries totaling 249 yards, and a completion percentage of 67.0%. In the running game, the Chargers allowed 70 yards on 20 tries which gave them an average of 3.5 yards per run allowed. For this contest, they gave up a total of 319 yards and forced 3 turnovers.
The Chargers have tallied 4,979 total yards over the course of this season. As a unit they have an average of 112.6 yards in the run game ranking them 16th in the league. In terms of scoring touchdowns, Los Angeles has earned 25 touchdowns through the air and 8 rushing touchdowns. In terms of getting in the endzone, the Los Angeles Chargers have an average of 22.8 points per game. When talking about passing yardage, the Chargers have allowed 2,822 yards which puts them in 7th in the NFL. In total, they are granting 337.1 yards per game which puts them 9th in football. The Chargers are ranked 26th in the league in terms of team defense, conceding 27.8 points per game. They are giving up an average of 4.6 yards per rush on the ground and 120.0 yards on the ground per contest this year. During their 13 games played this season, they are conceding 217.1 yards per game through the air as well as allowing a completion percentage of 63.3%. For the season, they have given up 1,560 yards on the ground through 13 games.
The Raiders head into this matchup 7-6 for this season. The last time they took the field they played the Indianapolis Colts and ended up taking the loss by a score of 44-27. Josh Jacobs paced the team in rushing for the game. His longest run of the day went for 18 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on the day. He rushed for a total of 49 yards by way of 13 carries which gave him an average of 3.8 yards per carry. Nelson Agholor was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 100 yards on 5 receptions. He notched an average of 20.0 yards per catch for the game. Derek Carr went 31/45 with 316 yards passing and added 2 touchdowns. He gave away 2 interceptions during the game. The Las Vegas Raiders ran the ball 22 times and totaled 79 yards which had them averaging 3.6 yards per run. Overall, the Raiders totaled 26 1st downs and they had a total of 6 penalties for 33 yards. In the game, they ran 68 plays which gave them a total of 424 yards. When it comes to their defensive performance, Las Vegas allowed 19 catches on 28 attempts for a total of 244 yards, and a completion percentage of 68.0%. For this contest, they gave up 456 yards but didn't force any takeaways. Against the run, the Raiders allowed 212 yards on 31 runs which gave them an average of 6.8 yards per rushing attempt allowed.
During this campaign thus far, the Raiders have racked up 3,268 passing yards together with an average of 251.4 throwing yards per game, which ranks 14th in football. The Las Vegas Raiders average 369.3 yards per outing which has them sitting 14th in football. They have an average of 117.9 yards via the ground game and have rushed for 1,533 yards for the year. In relation to how much they score, the Raiders rank 11th in football by tallying 26.9 PPG. When talking about yards via the pass, the Raiders have conceded 3,329 yards which has them sitting in 25th in the league. During the season, they have allowed 384.2 yards per game ranking them 25th in the National Football League. The Raiders are ranked 30th in the NFL concerning team defense, allowing 30.1 points per contest. The opposition is running for an average of 4.7 yards per running attempt and 128.1 yards on the ground per contest over the course of this year. In their 13 games, they have surrendered 256.1 yards per contest via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 62.9%. During this campaign, they have allowed 1,665 yards on the ground through 13 games.
Who will win tonight's Chargers/Raiders NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Chargers +3.5
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