NFL AFC West Picks: Los Angeles Chargers vs Las Vegas Raiders 11/8/20 NFL Picks, Predictions

NFL AFC West Picks: Los Angeles Chargers vs Las Vegas Raiders 11/8/20 NFL Picks, Predictions Photo by Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Las Vegas Raiders (4-3) at Los Angeles Chargers (2-5)

NFL Football: Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 4:05 pm (SoFi Stadium)

The Line: Los Angeles Chargers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 54 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Las Vegas Raiders and the Los Angeles Chargers meet in a week 9 AFC West division rivalry matchup in NFL action from SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon.

The Las Vegas Raiders will look to build off of a 16-6 win over the Cleveland Browns to improve to 4-3 last time out. Derek Carr has thrown for 1,838 yards, 14 touchdowns and 2 interceptions while Josh Jacobs leads Las Vegas in rushing with 522 rushing yards and 5 TDs. Darren Waller leads Vegas in receiving with 45 grabs on 61 targets for 373 yards and 3 TDs while Hunter Renfrow has 25 catches for 309 yards. Nelson Agholor and Henry Ruggs III each have 200+ receiving yards as well for the Raiders this season, with Agholor logging 292 receiving yards and a team-high 4 touchdowns. Defensively, Cory Littleton leads Las Vegas with 40 total tackles while Erik Harris has 35 total tackles including a team-high 28 solo tackles. Maxx Crosby leads the Raiders with 4 sacks as well this season.

The Los Angeles Chargers will look to rebound from a frustrating 31-30 loss to the Denver Broncos last time out. Justin Herbert has thrown for 1,820 yards, 15 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 67.4% passing while Joshua Kelley leads the Chargers in rushing with 264 rushing yards this season. Keenan Allen leads the Chargers in receiving with 53 catches on 74 targets for 548 yards and 3 TDs while Hunter Henry has 324 receiving yards on 29 receptions. Mike Williams and Jalen Guyton each have 3 receiving TDs this season, with Williams logging 312 receiving yards to Guyton’s 261. Defensively, Kyzir White leads the Chargers with 57 total tackles including 37 solo tackles while Joey Bosa has a team-high 4.5 sacks and Uchenna Nwosu has 3.5 sacks for L.A. this season.

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Las Vegas is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 division games and 17-36-1 ATS in their last 54 games following a win while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record. Los Angeles is 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 home games and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 division games while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games overall. The Raiders are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 trips to L.A and the underdog is 17-5 ATS in the last 22 meetings between these two teams.

The spot is less than ideal for the Raiders in back-to-back road games making the cross-country road trip from Cleveland for this game, but I said it after the debacle at Mile High, until the Chargers show me that they can hold onto a 4th quarter lead, I’m not backing them with any of my hard-earned money. The Raiders have been up and down all season, but we’ve at least seen them hold onto a lead when they get it. I think the wrong team’s favored here even with the Chargers at home, so I’ll take the Raiders and the points in this one.

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Chris’s Pick Las Vegas Raiders +1.5

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

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Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers  Sunday 11/8/20 NFL Picks & Predictions Week 9