When the Chargers (9-7) and Raiders (9-7) tune in for the final game of the 2021 NFL regular season on “Sunday Night Football” (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC), they’ll play what they want. looks like a playoff game. Unless there is a tie, only one of the two teams can advance to the AFC playoffs as a wild-card team behind the winning West Chiefs.
The Chargers come off a home rebound victory over the Broncos, while the Raiders stayed alive as they beat the Colts on the road in Week 17. Justin Herbert and Derek Carr will fight for one of the final two. jokers behind the Patriots.
The Chargers and Raiders will be almost at full throttle, so the game should live up to the hype.
Here’s everything you need to know about betting the Chargers vs. the Raiders in Week 18, including updated odds, trends and our prediction for “Sunday Night Football”.
Chargers vs. Raiders for Sunday Night Football
- Propagated: Chargers by 3
- Above / Below: 49.5
- Moneyline: -164, +138
The Chargers have been the road favorites all week. They’ve been the best overall team all season and beat the Raiders hands down at home, 28-14, in Week 4. There’s also no advantage on the pitch when it comes to Los. Angles or Las Vegas.
(betting odds by FanDuel Sportsbook)
Chargers vs. Raiders All-Time Streak
The Raiders lead the series 66-56-2. The Chargers have won two in a row. Prior to that, Las Vegas had a three-game winning streak at Oakland. That ended a four-game run for the Chargers, which followed another three-game roll for the Raiders.
Three trends to know
—59 percent of spread bettors side with the Raiders as the underdog on the night at home compared to more electric Chargers.
– A whopping 73 percent of over / under bettors believe Chargers and Raiders offenses will exceed the Under-50 total.
—The Chargers are just 4-6 ATS and 5-5 in a row in their last 10 games. The total has exceeded eight times these matches. The Raiders are also just 4-6 ATS and 5-5 SU in their last 10 games. The total was only exceeded four times.
Three things to watch out for
Austin Ekeler vs. Raiders defense
Ekeler has had a formidable season leading the Chargers in the new offense under Joe Lombardi. He missed Week 16 but came back strong in Week 17. He’ll get a ton of hits to use his speed and quickness to burn out the Raiders.
Josh Jacobs v Chargers defense
Jacobs played his first 100-yard rushing game of the season in Week 16 against the Broncos. He’s having a great game this week and was the key to winning a close game against the Colts in Week 18. It would be nice if he could get some help from the passing game to open up the race tracks.
Carr, Herbert and his turnarounds
Both quarterbacks were sometimes sloppy with the ball. One or two mistakes can make a huge difference in a close, high-scoring game in which both teams get the ball moving well. Herbert is the most reliable QB.
Statistics that matter
116.1 and 136.7. That’s the average rushing yardage that the Raiders (No.21 in the NFL) and Chargers (No.30 in the NFL) give up. While Herbert and Carr will dictate much of the action, this game will come down to which back can be more effective all around, Ekeler or Jacobs.
Prediction Chargers vs. Raiders
The Chargers have Herbert and the Raiders hsve Carr. Ekeler has also had a more explosive season than Jacobs and Herbert has more dangerous receivers overall. They may also have more defensive success as the Raiders are limited here and cannot handle such a multiple, versatile and aggressive attack. Joey Bosa and the Chargers’ fiery defense keep the game going late in the game.
Chargers 34, Raiders 27