Las Vegas Raiders vs Los Angeles Chargers Prediction, 9/11/2022 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Week 1
Game: Las Vegas Raiders vs Los Angeles Chargers
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2022
Location: SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Chargers (-3.5)
The Los Angeles Chargers (9-8 last year) are welcoming the Las Vegas Raiders (10-7 last season) at SoFi Stadium on Sunday. Las Vegas is 3.5-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 52.5.
The Las Vegas Raiders ended the season having earned a 10-7 record. In their last game of last season, the Raiders took the field against the Bengals and ended up losing by a score of 26-19. Derek Carr went 29/54 with 310 yds through the air and 1 touchdown. He had a quarterback rating of 69.2 and finished the contest with 1 pick. Josh Jacobs led the offense in rushing for the Raiders with 13 carries for 83 yds (6.4 yds per carry). Hunter Renfrow averaged 7.3 yards per reception by recording 58 yds on 8 catches. The Las Vegas Raiders ran the rock 14 times and recorded 103 yards, which had them averaging 7.4 yards per attempt. Once the final whistle blew, they ran 71 plays which gave them a total of 385 yds. Las Vegas surrendered 24 completions on 34 attempts for a total of 225 yds, and a completion percentage of 70.6%. When it came to stopping the run, the Raiders conceded 83 yds on 25 tries, which calculates to 3.3 yards per rush surrendered.
When it comes to getting in the endzone, the Las Vegas Raiders had an average of 22.0 points per contest. As a team they held an average of 95.1 yds on the ground, which ranked them 28th in the league. The Raiders earned 6,184 total yards over the course of last year. Las Vegas amassed 217 1st downs, and they were called for 124 infractions for 1104 yds. They gave the ball to the opposition 24 times (14 interceptions and 10 fumbles lost). Las Vegas earned 23 touchdowns through the air and 14 touchdowns via the ground.
When talking about passing yards, the Raiders conceded 3,789 yards which ranked them 13th in football. In their 17 games, they conceded 222.9 yards per outing via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 66.0%. They gave up 337.2 yards per game which had them sitting 14th in football. They gave up 29 passing touchdowns as well as 18 touchdowns on the ground. They allowed teams to run for an average of 4.2 yards per run and 114.3 rushing yards per game for the previous year. In total, they conceded 1,943 rushing yards through 17 games. The Raiders were sitting in 26th in the league when it comes to team defense, allowing 25.8 PPG.
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The Chargers ended the year having earned a 9-8 record. When they last stepped on the field last year, the Chargers took a defeat with a final score of 35-32 when they faced the Raiders. Justin Herbert (3 TDs) walked away from the game with 383 yards on 34/64 passing while his quarterback rating was 80.4. He threw 1 interception and his Y/A was 5.98 yards. Austin Ekeler carried the ball 16 times for 64 yds, walking away from the contest with 4.0 yards per carry for Los Angeles. Mike Williams was the top contributor in the passing game for the Chargers, hauling in 9 passes for 119 yards (13.2 yards per catch). Los Angeles ran the football for 4.0 yards per attempt, finishing the game with 85 yards on 21 carries. The Chargers finished the game with 440 yards and they ran 88 plays (5.0 yards per play). The Chargers passing defense allowed a completion rate of 56.8%, surrendering 172 yds on 21 out of 37 passing. Los Angeles surrendered 34 rushing attempts for 174 yards (5.1 yards per rush).
The Los Angeles Chargers held an average of 390.2 yards per game which was good for 4th in the NFL. They averaged 107.9 yards via the ground game and rushed for 1,834 yards for the season. The Los Angeles offense racked up 1,033 penalty yards on 116 violations, which ranked them 3rd in football in terms of hurting your team. They threw 15 interceptions while surrendering 7 fumbles and they obtained 256 first downs. Throughout last year, the Chargers threw for 4,800 passing yards as well as averaging 282.4 passing yards per game, which had them sitting 3rd out of all NFL teams. Concerning their ability to score points, the Chargers ranked 5th in the NFL with 27.9 points per game.
Los Angeles allowed a total of 2,361 yards rushing (138.9 yards/game) and 22 touchdowns rushing throughout last year. They gave up 27 touchdowns through the air as well as 221.2 yards per game, which had them ranked 12th in football. They compiled 21 takeaways (10 fumbles and 11 picks) last season. Over the course of the season, they allowed 459 points in total. The Chargers defense was on the field for 1,103 plays, which was good for 25th in football. The Chargers allowed 27.0 points per game, which had them sitting 30th in the league.
Who will win tonight's Raiders/Chargers NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Chargers -3.5
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