MNF Week 4 Betting Preview and Odds: Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Date: Monday, October 4, 2021
Time: 8:20 PM ET
Location: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood
TV Network: ESPN
Los Angeles Chargers (2-1-0 SU, 2-1-0 ATS)
Las Vegas Raiders (3-0-0 SU, 2-1- ATS)
MNF Week 4: Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders
The Los Angeles Chargers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 30-24, at Arrowhead Stadium in Week 3. In so doing, they delivered one of the biggest upsets of the season, upended the entire AFC West field, and sent the highly-fancied Chiefs into the division’s basement.
Few would have predicted such a turn of events at the start of the 2021 NFL season. Books had the Chiefs as the team to beat in Super Bowl 56 futures. They were the standard-setters, and the rest of the league aspired to reach the dizzy altitude Kansas City inhabited. But the Justin Herbert and the Chargers had other ideas, rising to the big occasion last Sunday in admirable fashion. Now, the Chargers have their sight set on derailing the Las Vegas Raiders from their perch atop the standings.
The Raiders are the surprise package of the AFC West, along with the Denver Broncos, and they’re riding a three-game winning streak into Week 4. The Raiders kicked off the season with a noteworthy scalp, beating the Baltimore Ravens 33-27 in Monday night football. Then, they backed it up with a 26-17 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers and a 31-28 win over the Miami Dolphins.
However, the jury is out on the Raiders and their merit as legitimate contenders. That’s partly why they’re pegged as the three-point road underdogs for their upcoming marquee AFC West tilt against the Chargers in Monday night football at SoFi Stadium.
Los Angeles Chargers Odds & Overview: Herbert Is the Real Deal
SoFi Stadium will be hopping this week with two of the must-see games in Week 4’s NFL slate set to get underway in the state-of-the-art stadium. On Sunday, SoFi stadium will open its doors to the Los Angeles Rams vs. the Arizona Cardinals. On Monday, the Chargers vs. Raiders will take to the field.
Second-year quarterback Justin Fields has surpassed expectations since he was drafted in No. 6 overall by the Chargers in 2020. To some respects, he was overshadowed by his peers, floating under the radar as Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa enjoyed the bulk of media attention. So far, Herbert, who clinched the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award, has outperformed both quarterbacks.
Herbert is an undeniable talent, and he’s only just getting started. He showed poise and maturity in a raucous Arrowhead Stadium that belied his short NFL career as he marched the Chargers down the field for a game-winning drive. He finished with 26-of-38 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns. Mike Williams, Austin Ekeler, and Keenan Allen combined for224 yards receiving on 21 receptions for four passing touchdowns.
Las Vegas Raiders Odds & Overview: Raiders Eye 4-0 start
The AFC West must be occupying some sort of parallel universe because the Raiders didn’t figure on anyone’s radar this season. And yet, they’re undefeated in September.
At the face of it, the schedule did Jon Gruden’s side no favors with a Monday night, season home-opener against the Baltimore Ravens, followed by a road trip to Pittsburgh and then a date with Miami at home. Had the Raiders emerged with a 1-2 record instead, few would have been surprised. But as it so happens, the Ravens aren’t dominating the way they did when Lamar Jackson won the MVP award in 2019; and the infamous Steel Curtain isn’t as impenetrable as it once was…
Even though the Ravens and Steelers aren’t what they once were, they’re still very good teams that the Raiders beat. And that has to count for something.
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders Odds
|Raiders||+145||+3 (+105)||Over 50.5 (-130)|
|Chargers||-150||-3 (105)||Under 50.5 (+115)|
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders Betting Preview
Suppose this AFC West tilt lives up to its billing. In that case, it promises to be a veritable shootout between two quarterbacks at the helm of explosive offensives that have no problem flexing their muscles and launching aerial assaults. Last season’s meetings between the Chargers and Raiders were absolute thrillers, nail-biters that went down to the wire.
The way the Chargers and Raiders play football, it will come down to the quarterback that has the ball last. Short of a crystal ball, it’s impossible to predict which it will be. So, is it any wonder that the betting is split down the middle with action coming down the wire for both the Chargers and Raiders? The public is divided almost 50-50 on the point spread according to consensus betting reports; thus, the NFL line has held firm.