Predictions For Betting On Chargers Raiders – Raiders Come Close at Home But Fall to Chargers
San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Raiders – Monday September 10, 2012 10:15PM EST
The injury problems for San Diego running back Ryan Mathews continue and his latest break will probably keep him out of the season opener in Oakland. But the online sports books are not so sure that the Chargers will need Mathews to put the Oakland Raiders down in each team's season opener Monday night. The Chargers looked to be stacked on offense again and have more than enough weapons for the Oakland defense to try and keep track of.
The Raiders have been focusing so hard on improving its offense that the team has allowed key components of its defense to get away the past few years. Not even the online poker players would have taken the chances that the Raiders have taken in free agency the past couple of years. Oakland is still trying to recover from the loss of cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to the Philadelphia Eagles two years ago. Oakland has been trying to rebuild its defense through the draft, which means that Raider Nation will not have any idea if its draft picks have been worth the wait for at least two or three years.
Why the Chargers Will Win
This has to be the last chance for head coach Norv Turner to turn a stacked roster into a championship football team. The Chargers missed the playoffs after getting off to its third consecutive slow start. The team has been able to compile impressive statistics, but it has not been able to capture wins. With much of the problem players shaved from the San Diego roster, this team looks stronger than it has looked in a long time. The online football betting experts have named the Chargers as one of the teams to watch in the AFC, and we will see why when the team comes out for this opening game in Oakland.
Why the Raiders Will Win
It has been a long time since the Oakland Raiders have had a quarterback with the potential and talent of Carson Palmer. The last veteran quarterback the Raiders had with a pedigree similar to Palmer's was Rich Gannon, and Gannon led the team to the Super Bowl. The big question mark with this team is the supporting cast surrounding Palmer. Aside from running back Darren McFadden, who gets the chance to start a season healthy, is the only reliable factor in the Oakland offense. If Palmer can create something wonderful from this Oakland offense, then this could be a team to watch in the AFC West.
The Bottom Line
The Raiders have not looked very organized throughout the preseason and fans can expect the chaos to continue as the regular season opens. The Chargers are looking to dispel three years of disappointment and intend to take the first positive step with an opening win in Oakland.Pick: San Diego Chargers