San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders
O.co Coliseum – Oakland, California
Thursday, December 24, 2015, 8:25 pm Eastern, TV: NFL Network
Opening Line: Oakland -5 1/2
Current Line: Oakland -6 (-115)
Opening Total: 47
Current Total: 46 1/2
Opening Money Line: Raiders -245 / Chargers +205
Current Money Line: Raiders -270 / Chargers +220
Although both the 6-8 Oakland Raiders and 4-10 San Diego Chargers are both eliminated from the playoffs, this rivalry always means something. It will take on added emotion as it could be the last ever home game in Oakland for the Raiders on Christmas Eve. Both of these teams, along with the St. Louis Rams are among the teams the NFL is considering for relocation to Los Angeles. The Chargers and Rams both had their home finales last week. As many as two of the three teams could be relocated. All three franchises played in Los Angeles at one time.
Oakland leads the series against San Diego 60-50-2. The teams were original members of the AFL in 1960 and have been playing annually since then. The Raiders won 37-29 in San Diego October 25 to snap a three game losing streak to the Chargers. At one point in that game Oakland led 30-3 and the Raiders led 37-6 going into the fourth. The Chargers scored three fourth quarter touchdowns to make it seem way closer than it was.
San Diego is coached by Mike McCoy. The Chargers have home wins over the Detroit Lions 33-28, Cleveland Browns, 30-27, and Miami Dolphins 30-14 last week, plus a home win over the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-25. San Diego has road losses to the Cincinnati Bengals 24-19, Minnesota Vikings 31-14, Green Bay Packers 27-20, Baltimore Ravens 29-26, and Kansas City Chiefs 10-3, along with home losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-20, Raiders 37-29, Chicago Bears 22-19, Chiefs 33-3, and Denver Broncos 17-3.
San Diego was a one point favorite at home over equally terrible Miami last week and the total was 46.5. The Chargers jumped out to a 23-0 lead at halftime. Miami finally got on the scoreboard at 23-7 in the third quarter. The teams exchanged touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make the final 30-14 Chargers. Running back Danny Woodhead scored four touchdowns in the win for the Chargers. Miami had only 231 total yards. San Diego is 6-8 ATS and the total is 5-9 this season.
Oakland is coached by Jack Del Rio. The Raiders have home wins over the Ravens 37-33 and New York Jets 34-20, plus road wins at the Browns 27-20, Chargers, Tennessee Titans 24-21 and Broncos 15-12. The Raiders have home losses against the Bengals 33-13, Broncos 16-10, Vikings 30-14, Chiefs 34-20, and Packers 30-20 last week, along with road losses at the Bears 22-20, Steelers 38-35, and Lions 18-13.
Oakland was a 4 point underdog against Green Bay last week and the total was 47. The Packers took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter including a 43 yard pick six. The Raiders made it 14-13 by halftime though. Oakland briefly took a 20-17 lead midway through the third, but Green Bay scored the last 13 points of the game. Each team had two turnovers. The Raiders are 7-7 ATS and the total is 8-4-2 this season.
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San Diego is being outscored 25-20 this season. The Chargers are #25 in scoring. San Diego averages 378 total yards including 294 passing and 84 rushing yards. The Chargers are #6 in passing and #4 in total offense, but last in rushing. On defense, San Diego is allowing 358 total yards per game including 237 passing and 121 rushing yards. The Chargers are #11 in pass defense but #24 in rush defense. San Diego is 91/209 on third and fourth down conversions and opponents are 72/177. The Chargers have forced 27 sacks and allowed 36 this season. San Diego is -8 in turnovers and has allowed 5 defensive touchdowns.
Quarterback Philip Rivers has completed 66.7% of his passes for 4,287 yards with 26 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Back-up Kellen Clemens has completed 5 of 6 passes for 63 yards with a touchdown.
Running back Melvin Gordon has 184 carries for 641 yards, along with 33 catches for 192 yards. He is out for the season with a knee injury. Danny Woodhead has 82 carries for 270 yards and 3 touchdowns, along with 64 catches for 651 yards and 6 touchdowns. Donald Brown will also get more carries without Gordon. Branden Oliver is out for the season with a toe injury.
Receiver Keenan Allen has 67 catches for 725 yards and 4 touchdowns. He is out for the season with a lacerated kidney. Tight end Antonio Gates has 51 catches for 585 yards and 4 touchdowns, despite missing the first four games due to a suspension. Malcom Floyd has 27 catches for 519 yards and 3 touchdowns. Stevie Johnson has 45 catches for 497 yards and 3 touchdowns. He is questionable with a groin injury. Tight end Ladarius Green has 35 catches for 402 yards and 4 touchdowns. He is questionable with an ankle injury. Dontrelle Inman has 24 catches for 379 yards and 2 touchdowns. Six defensive players and three offensive linemen are on the injury report.
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Oakland is being outscored 25-23 this season. The Raiders are #25 in points allowed. Oakland averages 346 yards per game on offense, including 253 passing and 93 rushing yards. The Raiders are #25 in rushing. On defense, the Raiders are allowing 367 total yards including 266 passing and 101 rushing yards. Oakland is #23 in total defense and #28 against the pass. The Raiders are 83/203 on third and fourth down conversions and opponents are 81/209. Oakland has forced 36 sacks and has allowed 24 this season. The Raiders are even in turnovers. Oakland has allowed a special teams touchdown and 3 defensive touchdowns.
Quarterback Derek Carr has completed 61% of his passes for 3,589 yards with 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, along with 96 rushing yards. Back-up Matt McGloin has thrown for 142 yards with 2 touchdowns and an interception.
Running back Latavius Murray has 236 carries for 956 yards with 5 touchdowns, along with 32 catches for 169 yards. Jamize Olawale has 24 carries for 110 yards along with a touchdown and 8 catches.
Receiver Amari Cooper has 68 catches for 1,040 yards with 6 touchdowns. He is probable with a foot injury. Michael Crabtree has 76 catches for 849 yards and 7 touchdowns. Seth Roberts has 27 catches for 423 yards and 5 touchdowns. He is probable with an ab injury. Mychal Rivera has 30 catches for 268 yards and a touchdown. Marcel Reece has 28 catches for 266 yards and 3 touchdowns. Clive Walford has 23 catches for 261 yards and 3 touchdowns. Andre Holmes has 11 catches for 168 yards and four touchdowns. Nine defensive players are listed on the injury report.
San Diego is 4-0 ATS in road games, 4-1 after gaining more than 350 total yards, 6-2 in week 16, 8-17 overall, 6-15 on grass, 3-8 against teams with losing records, 5-14 against AFC teams, 1-4 after a cover, 2-9 after passing for more than 250 yards, 1-9 against AFC West teams, 0-5 after a straight up win, 0-4 after allowing less than 90 rushing yards and less than 250 total yards. The underdog is 12-1 ATS in this series recently. The underdog is 7-3 ATS in the series recently.
Oakland is 5-1 ATS against AFC teams, 8-3 after failing to cover, 16-36-1 in December, 3-7 in week 16, 4-10 against teams with losing road records, and 1-4 at home. The over is 6-2 in Oakland in this series recently. The Raiders have covered five of the last six games in this series.
The Chargers showed a lot of emotion last week in what could be the last home game in San Diego. Expect the Raiders to show the same emotion in what could be the final home game in Oakland. I like the Raiders to win comfortably in a high scoring affair.