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Raiders vs. Chargers NFL Week 1 Game Predictions and Odds

Las Vegas Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers Predictions
  • by Andrew Scofield
  • September 7th, 2022
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Top sports betting sites favor the Chargers over the Raiders in their 2022 NFL season-opening matchup.

Las Vegas Raiders Los Angeles Chargers NFL Odds by BetOnline

Raiders+3 ( EV )52 ( -110 )+150
Chargers-3 ( -120 )52 ( -110 )-180
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Betting Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders are 3 1/2 point road dogs per the best online sportsbooks. The 2022 season will be the Las Vegas Raiders’ 53rd in the NFL, 63rd overall, third in Las Vegas and first under the head coach/general manager duo of Josh McDaniels and Dave Ziegler. The Raiders hope to return to the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2001 and 2002, back when the franchise was still in Oakland.

The 2021 season was the first regular season to of 17 games. With a week 17 win against the Indianapolis Colts, the Raiders secured their first winning season since 2016 and their second since 2002, the year they lost Super Bowl XXXVII.

After defeating rival Los Angeles Chargers in Week 18, the Raiders reached the postseason for the first time since 2016. Interim head coach Rich Bisaccia became the first interim head coach since 2012 to lead their team to the postseason.

The Raiders finished the season with a 10–7 record and secured the fifth seed in the AFC playoffs. However their season came to an end with a 26–19 loss against eventual AFC champions the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card round. This extended their playoff win drought to 19 years. The Raiders won four OT games in the season, a feat achieved only by the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos in 2011.

For most of the weekend, Alex Leatherwood dominated the conversation about the right tackle the Las Vegas Raiders will be cutting this week. However, the Raiders ended up placing Brandon Parker on injured reserve on Sunday afternoon.

That means he won’t play for the team this season and his five-year stint with the organization is likely over. Parker started training camp as the favorite to win the starting position, but an ghastly showing in the Hall of Fame game cast doubt on whether he could fill that role.

Betting LA Chargers

The Bolts are home faves according to top sportsbooks online. The 2022 season is the Los Angeles Chargers’ 53rd in the NFL, 63rd overall, seventh in the Greater Los Angeles Area, third playing their home games at SoFi Stadium and second under head coach Brandon Staley. They will try to improve on their 9-8 record from last season, return to the playoffs for the first time since 2018, and end their 12-year AFC West division title drought.

The Chargers improved on their 7–9 record from the previous year last season after a win over the New York Giants. They finished 9–8 but missed the playoffs for the third straight season after a Week 18 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

In that game, they were defeated by a field goal as the clock expired in OT when a tie would have put both teams in the postseason. Los Angeles started the season 4–1, but was only 5–7 over the next twelve games.

Highlights included road wins over the Bengals and Chiefs, who played in the AFC Championship Game at the end of the season. Staley enforced an aggressive offensive style that saw the team often avoid punts or field goals instead going for it on 4th down.

The Chargers set a record for most 4th down conversions in a season with 22 out 34 attempts. Staley’s philosophy came under scrutiny after failed attempts in OT losses to the Chiefs and Raiders. In the offseason, Los Angeles upgraded their offensive line, with first-round draft pick Rashawn Slater joining free-agents Corey Linsley and Matt Feiler.

Los Angeles Chargers Players

With their protection, QB Justin Herbert set multiple team records. He became the first Charger to pass for over 5,000 yards in a season. His top targets, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, each had more than 1,100 receiving yards.

The running game was less effective, but running back Austin Ekeler, through a blend of rushing and receiving, scored 20 TDs, a feat previously accomplished only by LaDainian Tomlinson in team history.

The defense was weaker, in spite of solid seasons from edge rusher Joey Bosa and safety Derwin James. The latter returned after he missed the entire 2020 season because of injury. They had difficulty, particularly against the run. They gave up several big plays on the ground during their season-ending loss.

Las Vegas Raiders Los Angeles Chargers NFL Pick

Pick: Los Angeles Chargers.