We are in the middle of December, and entering the final four weeks of the regular season where Week 15 kicks off with the Los Angeles Chargers taking on the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday Night Football.
The Chargers enter this week in complete disarray. At 5-8, they are coming off a lopsided loss to the Denver Broncos, but the game isn’t the only thing they lost. They will be without their star quarterback, Justin Herbert for the remainder of the year after he sustained a broken index finger, so it will be Easton Stick who takes the snaps. Receiver Keenan Allen is also out for this game with an injured heel.
The Raiders also enter the week at 5-8 after being shutout 3-0 against the Vikings in the lowest scoring game since 2007. While the postseason is an afterthought for Vegas, the team has played hard ever since interim head coach Antonio Pierce took over. They look to snap a three-game losing streak and find a way to end this season on a high note.
How to watch Chargers vs. Raiders
Date: December 14, 2023
Where: Allegiant Stadium
Kickoff time: 8:15 EST
Odds and predictions for Chargers-Raiders
Point spread: Raiders -3
Moneyline: Raiders -162, Chargers +136
Pick against the spread
This season has been filled with Thursday night games that feel like Thursday night games if you catch my point- there’s been a lot of bad football on Thursdays. This one likely won’t be much different, especially with the quarterbacks we have on deck. Without Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, this is basically a preseason offense for the Chargers. While Aidan O’Connell hasn’t been terrific, the Raiders have the weapons, and the defense, to pull off the win and cover.
The pick: Raiders -3
As I already pointed out, these are two lower-tier quarterbacks on lower-tier teams, one of which is missing their top two receivers. I expect a lot of mental lapses, a lot of penalties, and a lot of yawns. One thing I don’t expect a lot of is points. I’ll take the Raiders to win 16-9 and comfortably hit the under.
The pick: Under 34.5
Odds/lines subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.