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San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/22/13

Oakland Raiders (4-10) at San Diego Chargers (7-7)

NFL Football: Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm (Qualcomm Stadium)

The Line: San Diego Chargers -10 -- Over/Under: 51 See the Latest Odds


The San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders face off on Sunday in San Diego in a week 16 NFL AFC West matchup.

The San Diego Chargers are 7-7 and while they aren’t eliminated from playoff contention they are hanging on by a thread. The Chargers have won three of their last four games so they have some momentum as the season hits its’ final two weeks. Phillip Rivers as completed 69.9 percent of his passes for 28 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Ryan Mathews has rushed for 1,012 yards and Danny Woodhead has 359 rushing yards and he has 66 receptions with eight total touchdowns. Antonio Gates has 70 receptions and Keenan Allen has 63 receptions and seven touchdowns. Eric Weddle has 97 tackles to lead the Chargers defense, Donald Butler has 7- tackles, and Marcus Gilchrist has 65 tackles. The Chargers are averaging 24.5 points and 396 yards while defensively they are allowing 22.2 points and their opponents are averaging 376.2 yards per game. The Chargers have shown the ability to play up to just about any team in the NFL.

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San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders Pick, Odds, Prediction 12/22/13

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The Oakland Raiders are going through another tough season for one of the most winning franchises in NFL history. The Raiders are still paying out a series of bad contracts and when they dig themselves out from the mess winning will come. Matt McGloin has completed 56 percent of his passes with eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. Rashad Jennings has 679 rushing yards and six touchdowns and Darren McFadden should return this week after missing last week’s game. Rod Streater has 54 catches and Denarius Moore has 39 receptions and five touchdowns. Defensively Nick Roach has 100 tackles, Kevin Burnett has 93 tackles, and Charles Woodson has 79 tackles. Oakland is averaging 21.1 points and 344.3 yards per game while defensively they are allowing 28.1 points and 358.4 yards. The Raiders have lost four in a row and six of their last seven games.

San Diego is 2-8-1 against the spread following a win, 3-9-1 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, and 1-4 against the spread after allowing under 90 yards rushing in their previous game. Oakland is 9-3 against the spread following a loss, 5-2-1 against the spread in their last eight road games, and 7-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread. The road team has covered the spread in five of the last six meetings of these two.

The Chargers are the better team but this is a lot of points for a rivalry game so I will take the points in what is just a lean. 

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