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How To Bet On Raiders Chargers – Raiders Limp To The Finish Line In San Diego

Posted by Tony Bryant on 12/26/2012 5:59:17 PM

The Oakland Raiders are glad their miserable season is coming to an end. The San Diego Chargers will be playing the last game in the tenures of their head coach and general manager.

Oakland Raiders @ San Diego Chargers – Sunday, December 30    
Betting line: No line

Why Oakland Will Win

The online sports betting legal world has reason to like the Raiders in this game, but the argument for Oakland begins and ends with San Diego. The Chargers have underperformed in yet another season, missing the playoffs for the third straight year and revealing a stale quality that has finally forced the Spanos family – the longtime owner of the Chargers – to make changes in the organization.

Family patriarch Alex Spanos has given his son, Dean Spanos, more of a public presence in the day-to-day life of the franchise, and when it became clear a month ago that the Chargers were not going to make the playoffs, the decision was made to fire head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith. It was Smith who hired Turner to be the Chargers' head coach. The moved looked great in year one, when San Diego reached the 2007 AFC Championship Game (played in January of 2008) and lost to the New England Patriots. However, Turner's career – and the life of the Chargers – steadily declined after that season.

San Diego had one more really good chance to make the Super Bowl in the 2009 season, but with a first-round bye, the Bolts were jolted at home by the New York Jets in the 2009 AFC Divisional Playoff Game (staged in January of 2010). The organization and especially quarterback Philip Rivers never seemed to recover from that specific moment, and so it is that, three years later, big changes await in Southern California.

This is a team that has won a few games in December only because it has played a pair of opponents that are cratering at the moment (Pittsburgh and the Jets). If Oakland can play Terrelle Pryor and not Matt Leinart at quarterback (there's no betting line because Vegas is waiting for the decision from the Raiders), it definitely has a good chance of beating the Bolts in San Diego.

Why San Diego Will Win

Plenty of football betting aficionados will rely on a simple reality as they pick the Chargers to win. The Raiders won't be able to field a quality quarterback in this game. There are no guarantees, but the odds suggest that Matt Leinart – who has rarely played in the NFL since a disastrous turn as the quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals a few years ago – will be the starter for Oakland in this contest.

The Raiders lost starting quarterback Carson Palmer to injury last weekend in a loss at Carolina. They will have to start Leinart or Terrelle Pryor this week, and since no announcement has yet been made by Oakland head coach Dennis Allen, it's clear that the Raiders are unclear about their starter. Especially if it's Leinart, the Raiders will not fare well, based on how Leinart played in a loss to Carolina this past weekend. Even if Pryor is the starter, San Diego will want to give Norv Turner a win in what could be his final game as an NFL head coach. Turner is almost certain to get a job, but as an offensive coordinator, not a head coach.

Who Will Win

It’s likely that Leinart will start, but even if Pryor is the man, San Diego will be facing a busted-up Raider offense. The Chargers should get a win for Norv Turner on his way out the door.

NFL Football Betting Pick: San Diego


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