Los Angeles Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders - 12/31/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders - 12/31/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders (6-9) at Los Angeles Chargers (8-7)

NFL Football: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 4:25 pm (StubHub Center)

The Line: Los Angeles Chargers -7.5 -- Over/Under: 47.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers meet Sunday in NFL action at StubHub Center.

The Oakland Raiders look to snap a three-game losing streak while preventing an AFC West rival from making the playoffs. The Oakland Raiders have lost five of their last six road games. Derek Carr is completing 62.4 percent of his passes for 3,253 yards, 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Carr has one touchdown pass in six of his last eight games. Jared Cook and Michael Crabtree have combined for 1,254 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Amari Cooper has 45 receptions. The Oakland Raiders ground game is averaging 96.6 yards per contest, and Marshawn Lynch leads the way with 790 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Oakland is allowing 23.1 points and 349.3 yards per game. Reggie Nelson leads the Oakland Raiders with 82 tackles, Khalil Mack has 10.5 sacks and TJ Carrie has seven pass deflections.

The Los Angeles Chargers need a victory here in order to have any chance of making the AFC playoffs. The Los Angeles Chargers have won four straight home games. Philip Rivers is completing 61.7 percent of his passes for 4,128 yards, 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Rivers has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last 10 games. Keenan Allen and Tyrell Williams have combined for 1,921 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Hunter Henry has 45 receptions. The Los Angeles Chargers ground game is averaging 98.7 yards per contest, and Melvin Gordon leads the way with 1,012 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 17.5 points and 327.9 yards per game. Jahleel Addae leads the Los Angeles Chargers with 92 tackles, Joey Bosa has 11.5 sacks and Tre Boston has four interceptions.

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The Raiders are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games, 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. AFC and 3-8-2 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Chargers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games in December, 8-20 ATS in their last 28 home games and 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 vs. AFC. The Raiders are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings in Los Angeles, underdog is 15-2 ATS in their last 17 meetings and the road team is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 meetings.

The Oakland Raiders have found creative ways to lose and fail to cover the spread all season long, and it's got to be painful for people who continue to back them each week. Carr is simply not playing at the level we expect, the Oakland defense gets carved up often and this looks like a team that's ready for the season to end. The Los Angeles Chargers have to win to have any chance of making the playoffs and while the numbers aren't pretty against the spread, the Chargers are playing their best ball of the season and have won four straight home games by at least nine points. I'd love to get this number a tad lower to be on the safe side, but either way, the Chargers should win by double digits. The Oakland Raiders have nothing left in the tank. 

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Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Chargers -7.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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