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Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders Betting Preview, Odds, and Overview

AFC West rivals will square off in SoFi stadium on Sunday in Inglewood, California. The Chargers have high expectations riding on third-year quarterback Justin Herbert, while the Raiders signed star wide receiver Davante Adams to strengthen its offense.
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Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders Betting Preview, Odds, and Overview

Another NFL quarterback is reuniting with his former college teammate. This time, it's Derek Carr getting help from former All-Pro Green Bay Packers wideout, Davante Adams. Adams is not the only new face in Vegas. Former New England Patriots OC, Josh McDaniels, was hired as the head coach this offseason. He's gifted a talented roster with weapons all across the offense, so the pressure to start 1-0 has mounted.

The Los Angeles Chargers invested heavily into their defense and offensive line after squandering an opportunity to beat Las Vegas for a playoff berth during an overtime loss in Week 18. While Herbert and the offense were phenomenal at times, there were inconsistent moments that proved to be detrimental to its postseason ambitions. The additions of Khalil Mack and J.C. Jackson will be huge assets on the defense, joining a healthy Derwin James and elite edge rusher in Joey Bosa.

It's a grudge match, so you can expect the sparks to fly during a game that will have big playoff implications as the season unfolds. The Chargers are slight favorites at home with sportsbooks expecting a four-point margin of victory in front of its fanbase.

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Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: Sunday, September 11
  • Time: 4:25 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: CBS
  • Location: SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, CA)
  • Las Vegas Raiders Record: 0-0
  • Los Angeles Chargers Record: 0-0

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Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders Preview

Los Angeles and Las Vegas split their series 1-1 straight up in 2021, with the Raiders getting the last laugh en route to an AFC Wild Card berth against the Cincinnati Bengals. Herbert outplayed Derek Carr based on his production in the overtime loss, tossing over 380 yards and three touchdowns, but a costly fourth-quarter interception ultimately proved to be the difference-maker.

The Chargers were among the worst defensive units in the league in terms of total points allowed in 2021, surrendering 441 points to finish fifth-worst in the league. Their front office wasted no time acquiring key playmakers in every area of the defense, ranging from J.C. Jackson in the secondary, to edge rusher and outside linebacker Khalil Mack. Time will tell if these moves were enough to shore up an underwhelming run defense.

Las Vegas could wind up being a run-centric offense with McDaniels at the helm calling plays. Yes, Kenyan Drake was dealt to the Baltimore Ravens a couple of weeks ago, but Josh Jacobs is a talented ball carrier with an aggressive running style that complements what we've seen from McDaniels in Denver and New England. He drafted rookie Zamir White out of Georgia in the fourth round and brought over Brandon Bolden from the Patriots.

Ground-and-pound may wind up being the recipe for the Raiders to control the time of possession, keep Herbert on the sideline, and score touchdowns in an efficient manner. Darren Waller, Hunter Renfrow, and Davante Adams form a terrific trio of weapons for Carr to elevate his game and possibly reach over 30 passing touchdowns for only the second time in his career.

Who will generate the most pressure and stifle the running game? It's an important question that will determine a lot between these two talented AFC West opponents early in the season. The Chargers have the edge based on their offseason movement but Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones could be too much for the Chargers' offensive line to handle, making it a long afternoon for Austin Ekeler and Herbert.

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders Odds

The latest Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers odds slightly favor the Chargers on the moneyline and the point spread.

Last season, Las Vegas went 8-10 against the spread, including the postseason. In their 17 regular season games, the Raiders put up an 8-9 overall record ATS, tied ninth-best with several other teams.

The Chargers weren't much different. They wound up 8-9 ATS, failing to win their final game, which resulted in one less game played than the Raiders.

Right now, according to the latest Raiders vs. Chargers odds, Los Angeles is -180 on the moneyline and favored by 3.5 points at home. The Raiders' moneyline odds sit at +155.

TeamML OddsOver/UnderPoint Spread
Raiders+155Under 52.5 (-110)+3.5 (-105)
Chargers-180Over 52.5 (-110)-3.5 (-115)

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders Betting

Sportsbooks expect Justin Herbert and the Chargers to avenge their devastating loss in Las Vegas that bounced them from the playoffs. What does the betting public expect at SoFi on Sunday afternoon? Surprisingly, two-thirds of public bettors are backing the Las Vegas Raiders to win outright as an underdog on the road. 66 percent of all moneyline bets on this matchup are backing the Raiders, compared to a 34 percent investment in the Chargers.

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