Free Pick: OAK/SD
The Thursday night matchup this week pits two AFC West Division rivals against each other when the San Diego Chargers host the Oakland Raiders.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made the Chargers –9.5 point spread favorite. The over/under for this game has been set at 42.5 total points.
Key Trend: San Diego is 10-1 against the spread in its last 11 games when playing Oakland, while the Raiders are just 1-4 against the spread in their last games when playing the Chargers on the road. The total has also gone under in seven of Oakland’s last eight games when playing on the road against San Diego.
Key Stat: The Chargers are averaging 24.2 points per game while the Raiders are giving up 22.1. Oakland is also only averaging 14.3 points per game.
Game Outlook: The Chargers had their worst offensive performance last week against the Falcons, but it’s doubtful that they’ll struggle in back to back weeks. Philip Rivers should have a bounce-back game against a suspect Oakland defense and San Diego should get Darren Sproles more involved in the offense as LaDainain Tomlinson continues to struggle. Expect Antonio Gates to have a bounce back week, too, and while it might not be a blowout, the Chargers should cover the 9.5.
Our Free NFL Pick for the Week 13 matchup between the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers game is
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS –9.5
TheSpread.com Projected Final Score
San Diego Chargers 24
Oakland Raiders 14
We also predict that this game will GO UNDER THE TOTAL (42.5 Sportsbook.com) SET BY ODDSMAKERS
Posted: 12/4/08 11:00AM ET