Free Week 18 Prediction: Chargers vs. Raiders NFL Odds
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NFL Handicapping Analysis: Week 18
(9-7) LA Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders (9-7)
Date: Sunday, January 9th, 2022
Time: 8:20 PM ET
Venue: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
NFL Week 18 ATS Betting Lines: Chargers -3 | Raiders +3 (Bet Now!)
NFL Week 18 Moneyline Odds: Chargers -145 | Raiders +125
NFL Week 18 NFL Betting Total: O/U 48.5
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The Los Angeles Chargers and the Las Vegas Raiders will wrap up their seasons with a monster primetime showdown with a playoff spot on the line. Both teams are 9-7 and will secure the final wild card spot with a win on Sunday night.
These teams played earlier this season for a battle atop the AFC West and the Chargers won 28-14 at home. Both teams have cooled off and now will have another huge head to head divisional showdown.
Which team will clinch the final postseason spot?
LA fell out of a playoff position after dropping back to back games including a shocking 41-29 loss to the Houston Texans. The Chargers answered the call in a big way with a resounding 34-13 win at home over the Denver Broncos.
Justin Herbert had another solid performance and finished 22/31 passing for 237 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Austin Ekeler returned from the COVID list and had a team high of 17 carries for 58 yards and a touchdown as well as 3 receptions for 54 yards.
The playoffs practically start now for Los Angeles which will require the Chargers to win four straight road games to reach the Super Bowl. That is a tough task to ask for a young team but LA shown the ability to play with anybody and we’ll see how the Herbert/Staley duo operates under pressure.
Las Vegas Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders have overcome countless adversity this season and still have themselves positioned for a chance to clinch a playoff spot. The Raiders have won three straight games by a combined nine points as the team continues to find ways to win and stay alive.
Las Vegas edged out the Colts in a wire-to-wire road victory 23-20. The Raiders entered the fourth quarter down 13-17 but rallied to win with a late two-minute drive to set up a game winning 33 yard FG by Daniel Carlson for the second time in the last three weeks.
Derek Carr was tested against a stout Colts defense but was solid completing 24/31 passes for 255 yards and a touchdown with a pair of interceptions. Zay Jones was the leading receiver and finished with 8 receptions for 120 yards. Hunter Renfrow made countless clutch plays and finished with 7 receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown.
NFL Betting Trends:
- The Chargers are 13-7 SU in their last 20 games.
- The Chargers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games against an opponent in the AFC.
- The Raiders are 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games.
- The Raiders are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games.
- The Raiders are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games played on a Sunday.
4* Free Week 18 NFL Betting Prediction: Chargers -3
This game has the makings to end the season in dramatic fashion as both teams are on a collision course for the final playoff spot. These AFC West foes are very familiar with each other and have plenty of tape to make this game a close one.
The Raiders are playing there best ball at the right time to stay alive in playoff hopes. The Chargers have had an inconsistent season with dramatic ups and downs.
I still like the Charges more in this game as they have proven to be the better team when they both met earlier this season for a division lead.
Take the Chargers to cover a close game and clinch the a postseason berth in Brandon Staley’s first season as coach.
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