SD-OAK Free Pick
In the final game on the Week 1 schedule in the NFL, AFC West rivals meet in Oakland when the Raiders host the San Diego Chargers at 10:15PM ET.
After winning the AFC West last year and knocking off the Colts in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, the Chargers have lofty expectations heading into 2009. Philip Rivers is back, as are Antonio Gates, LaDainian Tomlinson, Darren Sproles and Vincent Jackson.
San Diego will also feature a defense that returns linebacker Shawne Merriman, who sat out all of last year after having knee surgery. The Bolts believe that a healthy Merriman will help their defense get the swagger back that they showed in 2007 when they went to the AFC Championship Game.
Oddmskaers from online sports book BetOnline have made the Chargers 10-point road favorites in their matchup Monday night with the Raiders. The over/under total for this game has been set at 42.5.
Don’t overthink things when handicapping this game. San Diego is 5-0 against the spread in its last five games when playing on the road against Oakland. The Chargers have the significantly better team and will make things rough for quarterback JaMarcus Russell and a defense severely lacking in overall talent.
Along with the Chargers, we recommend taking the over in this game. The total has gone over in four of San Diego’s last five games on the road and they might score 34 points on their own tonight against a suspect Oakland defense.
Our NFL Week 1 Free Picks for this matchup are: SAN DIEGO CHARGERS –10 and OVER 42.5.
Buffalo Bills +11.5 Over 47.5
New England Patriots –11.5 Under 47.5
San Diego is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Oakland
San Diego is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Oakland
Oakland is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Oakland is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
San Diego Chargers
Jacques Cesaire, DE, Questionable Week 1 (calf)
Marcus McNeill, T, Probable Week 1 (hand)
Chaz Schilens, WR, Out Week 1 (foot)
Nick Miller, WR, Doubtful Week 1 (shin)
Khalif Barnes, T, Doubtful Week 1 (ankle)
Justin Fargas, RB, Questionable Week 1 (hamstring)
Nnamdi Asomugha, CB, Probable Week 1 (wrist)
Kirk Morrison, LB, Probable Week 1 (elbow)
Isaiah Ekejiuba, LB, Probable Week 1 (shoulder)
Posted: 9/14/09 3:00PM ET