Oakland Raiders vs. San Diego Chargers Free Pick 10/6/13
San Diego Chargers (2-2) at Oakland Raiders (1-3)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 6, 2013 at 11:30 pm (O.co Coliseum)
The Line: Oakland Raiders +4 -- Over/Under: 44 See the Latest Odds
The Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers face off on Sunday in the Black Hole in a week 5 NFL AFC West rivalry game.
The Oakland Raiders are off to a slow start to the season as the same issues that have plagued them in recent years continue; no solid play coming from the QB spot. The Raiders offense is averaging just 17.8 points per game and 338 yards. Terrelle Pryor is probable for this one and he has completed 65.4 percent of his passes with two touchdowns while being sacked seven times while his backup, Matt Flynn, has once again proved himself to be inept completing 64.7 percent of his passes with one touchdown and one interception but getting sacked seven times. Darren McFadden is once again injured and questionable for this one as well but he is averaging 4.1 yards per carry with two touchdowns and e has seven receptions while Rashad Jennings is averaging 3.8 yards per carry and he has 11 receptions. Denarius Moore leads the Raiders with 15 catches and two touchdowns, Rod Streater has 13 catches, and Mychal Rivera has nine catches as he looks to be emerging as a contributor. Defensively the Raiders are allowing 22.8 points and 349.2 yards per game with 11 sacks and three fumble recoveries but they have yet to record an interception. Charles Woodson has 26 tackles while Kevin Burnet and Nick Roach have 24 tackles each. As I talked about much of the preseason, the Raiders should be doing their college scouting as they are looking at a top five draft choice this year.
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The San Diego Chargers are 2-2 to start the year but with two unbeaten teams in the AFC West they can’t afford too many stumbles. The Chargers offense has been one of the better units in the NFL but the defense is among the worst, kind of a throwback to the Dan Fouts era. The Chargers are averaging 27 points and 396.2 yards per game. Phillip Rivers has completed 73.9 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and two interceptions while being sacked six times. Ryan Matthews is averaging 3.5 yards per carry and he has seven catches with a touchdowns while Danny Woodhead is averaging 4.7 yards per carry and he has 22 catches with two touchdowns. Antonio Gates looks to be healthy again leading the Chargers with 25 catches and two touchdowns, Eddie Royal has 15 catches with five touchdowns, and Vincent Brown has 15 catches and a touchdown. Defensively the Chargers are allowing 25.5 points and 432.2 yards per game with nine sacks, three fumble recoveries, and an interception. Eric Weddle has 31 tackles, Donald Butler has 23 tackles, and Richard Marshall has 22 tackles. The Chargers are flying under the radar but look like they have a chance to upset a few teams along the way.
Oakland is 4-1 against the spread following a loss, 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five games against the AFC West, and 2-6 against the spread in their last eight home games. San Diego is 3-0-1 against the spread in their last four games, 4-0-1 against the spread in their last five road games, and 2-5 against the spread against a team with a losing record. The underdog has covered the point spread in the last eight meetings of these two.
I am expecting the offenses to have their way here with the Chargers offense in sync and the Raiders playing against a soft SD defense so my free pick here is on the Over. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post who will cover the spread in the Premium Area.