NFL Betting Preview Chargers vs. Raiders – January 9, 2022

The Los Angeles Chargers and the Las Vegas Raiders square off at Allegiant Stadium for the week’s game in the final regular-season game of 2021. Both teams enter this matchup with the same record (9-7), and the winner will go to the playoffs, and the loser will go home. That being said, let’s see how these two teams match up in the season finale. 

Los Angeles Chargers Betting Preview: Chargers Relying on Herbert and Offense to Have Big Game

The Chargers will play their most important game of the season and the most important game in Brandon Staley’s head coaching career. Everyone knows what the Chargers are capable of, and they have a serious chance to make some noise in the playoffs, but they have to get their first. 

After an embarrassing loss to the Houston Texans, the team responded by holding the Broncos to 13 points. The Charger’s defense recovered in a big way holding the Broncos to 83 yards rushing and picking up one sack. They also got a huge kick return on special teams that went for a touchdown. 

Los Angeles put together a great effort as they exploded for 34 policies and now rank fourth in the league in total offense (387.1) and are averaging 27.6 points per game. Justin Herbert threw two touchdowns in the win and will have a chance to extend his career-high 35 passing touchdowns.

Las Vegas Raiders Betting Preview: Raiders Hope to Push Winning Streak to Four Games and Make Playoffs

It was laughable that the Raiders would make the playoffs just a few weeks ago as their season was tumbling out of control while sitting at 6-7 on the year. Despite that, they haven’t lost since and control their own fate on Sunday Night. 

The strength of this team is the defense; although their numbers don’t pop out on paper, they’re playing a lot better than people are giving them credit for. They held a high-powered Colts offense to 20 points, 262 yards, and just 3/11 on third downs on the road in their last matchup. Additionally, they’ve held opponents to just 15.7 points per game over their three-game winning streak.

Offensively, the Raiders squeaked out a win over the Colts on a clutch field goal by Daniel Carlson. Las Vegas got a huge performance from Hunter Renfrow and Zay Jones, who combined for 176 yards and a touchdown. Derek Carr, however, has continued to struggle, tossing an interception in his fourth straight game. Despite that, Carr is the offense leader with 21 passing touchdowns while ranking fourth in the league in passing yards.

Betting Lines & Odds

Early betting odds on MyBookie have the Chargers as -2.5 road favorites, with the point total set at 42. 

Free Betting Pick

All eyes will be on this matchup, and it should be a good one with Los Angeles strong young offense and the Raiders’ stout defense. The Chargers have the better roster and the better quarterback, but the defense has been terrible this year, especially on the ground. The Raiders have had their backs against the wall all year and somehow clawed their way into the playoff picture. 

I think this one comes down to defense. The Raiders have been more consistent all year, and they will benefit from playing at home. Additionally, the Raiders have covered the spread in their last two games and 6-4 as underdogs. 

BetUSASports Free Pick: Raiders +3

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