The Las Vegas Raiders (1-2) will visit the Los Angeles Chargers (1-2) on Sunday afternoon. Las Vegas has dropped back-to-back games, including losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers 23-18 last Sunday. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo got sacked four times while tossing three interceptions. Meanwhile, Los Angeles earned their first win of the season, edging the Minnesota Vikings 28-24. Chargers star Justin Herbert completed 40-of-47 passes in the win.
Raiders vs. Chargers Betting Odds
|Las Vegas Raiders||+240||+6.5|
|Los Angeles Chargers||-300||-6.5|
Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook
Fixture: Las Vegas Raiders @ Los Angeles Chargers
Date & Time: Sunday, October 1, 4:05 p.m. EDT
Venue: SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA
The Las Vegas Raiders have struggled on offense in 2023. They are in the bottom ten in points and yards. Las Vegas, behind off-season acquisition Jimmy Garropolo, leads the league with six interceptions thrown. However, they have been even worse rushing the football, placing in the bottom third in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, and rushing yards per attempt. 2022 rushing leader Josh Jacobs is averaging a brutal 2.4 yards per attempt through the first three weeks of the season.
The Raiders are slightly better on defense. Las Vegas is 17th in yards allowed and 24th in points per game allowed (25.7). However, the secondary has yet to force an interception this season while coughing up seven passing touchdowns. The front seven allows opposing rushers to average 4.3 yards per attempt, the 19th-best mark in the NFL.
The Los Angeles Chargers house one of the best offenses in the NFL. Los Angeles is in the top five in points scored and yards gained. Quarterback Justin Herbert has been excellent, throwing for 939 yards and six scores against no picks. He completes 74% of his passes. The rushing attack is middle-of-the-pack in most team stats. They have struggled to produce on the ground with star back Austin Ekeler on the shelf. He will be out again in Week 4.
Defensively, the Chargers are in the bottom three in yards and points allowed. Los Angeles has allowed an NFL-high 1,011 passing yards this season. The front seven is slightly better, but opposing backs still average 4.4 yards per attempt.
Raiders vs. Chargers Betting Prediction
Las Vegas quarterback Jimmy Garropolo will be out for the Raiders on Sunday, but I like the over regardless. Rookie Aidan O’Connell will get the start over the injured Garropolo, and he showed flashes of excellence in the pre-season. Meanwhile, The Chargers’ defense has been abysmal while the offense is electric. So, let’s roll with the over in the Week 4 tilt.