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Thursday Night Football Preview: Raiders Look to Stay Alive in AFC Race

Las Vegas Raiders vs. Carolina Panthers betting preview, odds and picks

The Las Vegas Raiders are in the playoff race. That’s for sure. But they’re going to have to win out and likely get some help. But first, will they help themselves against the Los Angeles Chargers? This game is slated for 8:20 PM ET at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. It’s going to be seen on Fox Network, and also available for Amazon Prime Video subscribers.

And if you’re signed up with BetAnySports, you’ll have the opportunity to place wagers after the game starts with Sports Betting Prime.

Where they stand

The Raiders have a 7-6 record, both straight-up and against the spread. They are not going to win the AFC West. But they are in a battle for one of the wild card spots. And it would likely be the last one, along with Miami and Baltimore, with New England nipping at their heels.

The Chargers are 4-9 (4-7-2 ATS), and obviously going nowhere. But they are salvaging something from the season because of the development of rookie QB Justin Herbert. He’s got 25 touchdown passes and just ten interceptions.

The fate of Charger coach Anthony Lynn is another matter. Lynn’s decisions have come into question as his team has blown several double-digit leads. So one might expect owner Dean Spanos to be looking in another direction after the season ends.

What happened last time out

The Raiders put in an embarrassing defensive display last time out against the Indianapolis Colts. They were pushed around for 456 yards, and allowed almost seven yards per rush attempt. Of course, none of this was going to add up to a winning formula as they lost 44-27.

The Chargers had a nip-and-tuck battle with the Atlanta Falcons. They were the beneficiaries of an interception off the hand of Matt Ryan with just thirty seconds remaining, and then Michael Badgley kicked a field goal as time ran out to give the Bolts a 20-17 victory.

Here are the numbers…..

In the Thursday Night Football odds posted at BetAnySports, the Raiders are laying points:

TeamSP/RLTOTALML
Chargers+3 (-105)53½ (-105)+144
Raiders-3 (-115)53½ (-115)-165
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Gruden makes a move

With the Raiders likely eliminated from the playoff situation if they lose this game, Jon Gruden had to do something. When your team rolls over in such a way that they give up more than 200 rushing yards in consecutive games, there is a problem. And he has addressed it by firing Paul Guenther as defensive coordinator, replacing him with long-time colleague Rod Marinelli, who was defensive line coach.

Marinelli was head coach of the ill-fated 2008 Detroit Lions, who went 0-16. But he rehabilitated himself as coordinator in Dallas. With the Cowboys, his team was always in the top half of the league. They were 15th, 16th, 5th, 13th, 6th, and 11th in points allowed while he was with the Cowboys.

Conclusion

We would expect that Marinelli’s influence will have a positive effect. And Gruden likes the idea that he’s going to bring a “different perspective” to the festivities. We’re just not so sure it’s going to take hold in such a short week. There is literally one day to install whatever it is that he wants to change.

With Henry Ruggs, the speed-burning receiver, out for the Silver and Black, and assuming that running back Austin Ekeler will see action for the Chargers, we’re in a position where taking the points isn’t such a bad idea.

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