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Raiders Chargers Betting – San Diego Tries To Keep On Rolling Against Oakland

Posted by Tony Bryant on 12/1/2010 6:19:42 PM
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The San Diego Chargers on their typical late-season surge. The Oakland Raiders have seemingly surged too early and are coming back down to earth.

NFL Betting: Oakland Raiders @ San Diego Chargers

Online Betting Odds: Chargers -13.5

Why To Bet On The Raiders

The Raiders, having lost two games, can’t slip any further behind the Chargers or the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. Yet, having beaten San Diego earlier this season, the Raiders know they can compete with San Diego on even terms. Moreover, while it’s not exactly a positive thing that backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski got knocked out for the rest of the season this past Sunday in a 33-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins, it’s worth pointing out that starting quarterback Jason Campbell will no longer be looking over his shoulder. He’ll be the quarterback unless he gets severely injured. That could actually be just the thing to settle Campbell’s nerves and get the former Washington Redskin to play at a higher level. The Raiders have the competitive chops to stay with San Diego. They could certainly make this game very tight going into the final minutes and cover the number as a result.

Why To Bet On The Chargers

The Chargers regularly sputter in September and October before coming to life in Novmeber and especially December. San Diego hasn’t lost a December game since 2006, going 18-0 in the final full month of the NFL regular season. That’s a remarkable run of excellence under pressure, when playoff berths and seedings are at stake. It’s certainly not the kind of thing you’d feel comfortable betting against. The Chargers picked off Peyton Manning four times this past weekend in an emphatic road win over the defending AFC champion Indianapolis Colts. That’s the kind of performance which will make San Diego defensive coordinator Ron Rivera smile. The Chargers’ defense should be licking its chops in advance of facing a struggling Raider offense.

Oakland looked for a little while to be capable of taking the AFC West, in what would have ranked as one of the most stunning developments of the whole NFL season. However, coach Tom Cable’s crew has fallen on hard times of late. The Raiders were 5-4 and in the division lead, but then they got their heads handed to them on a platter by both the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins. Oakland got mashed up front on both sides of the ball by the Steelers and Dolphins. Raider quarterback Jason Campbell lost a measure of the consistency that enabled him to help Oakland to that 5-4 mark. Now at 5-6, the Raiders have to be reeling, their confidence shattered and their rhythm a distant memory. Up against the Chargers, who are roaring with confidence and energy, it’s not likely that Campbell – now the permanent starter following a season-ending injury to fellow quarterback Bruce Gradkowski – can produce enough points on the road to make this game appreciably even.

How The Game Will Play Out

The Chargers won’t stop now. They’ll flourish on both sides of the ball and angrily dismiss the Raiders, who definitely won’t sweep the season series between the two teams. Take San Diego minus the points at home.

Raiders Chargers Betting Pick: Chargers



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