Thursday Night Football: Chargers-Raiders Best Odds and Sportsbook Promos

Can you believe it? It’s Week 15 of the NFL season! This week’s schedule even includes some Saturday NFL action, giving us football to cover four of your next five evenings!

But before we get to the meat and potatoes of Week 15, we have a good ol’ fashioned AFC West matchup to get through first when Justin Herbert and the Chargers make their first visit to the giant Roomba in Sin City to play their bitter rivals, the Las Vegas Raiders.

As is typically the case, a primetime game is met with some prime offerings from some of the finer sportsbooks in the United States.  Here are your best offers for tonight’s contest.

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Few things in sports betting are considered to be a “lock”.

Fading Nathan Peterman?  Lock.  The under in Army/Navy?  Lock.  A touchdown scored between the Chargers and Raiders?  Well, that’s going to be a lock too.  Surely one couldn’t get 100-1 odds on such a crazy proposition?

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We aren’t saying this is a lock (ok we are saying it’s a lock), but if you need further evidence this is as can’t miss as you can get – the Broncos literally played an entire game with a practice squad wide receiver at QB and managed 13 yards passing on the day.

Herbert or Carr will likely hit their 1-yard marker on their first throw of the game.

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Good luck to all players new and old on this Thursday evening!

Los Angeles Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders Betting Preview

Thursday, December 17, 2020, Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada, 8:20 p.m. ET

Chargers at Raiders Betting Preview: Chargers (+3.5), Raiders (-3.5)

Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers (4-9) travel to Las Vegas for the first time with a chance to still catch third-place Denver (5-8) in the AFC West. It’s the 122nd regular-season meeting in the rivalry but the first in Sin City. Las Vegas holds a 65-54-2 advantage and has won the last three in a row, including a 31-26 win in Week 9.

The Chargers come in off a 20-17 home victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday as Michael Badgley connected on a 43-yard field goal as time expired for the winning points. Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert completed 36 of 44 pass attempts for 243 yards, two touchdowns and an interception while producing the first game-winning fourth-quarter drive of his career. Herbert needs just three more touchdown passes to surpass Baker Mayfield (27 in 2018) for most ever by a rookie, while favorite target Keenan Allen needs one reception to hit 100 for the second consecutive season and third time in four years. 

Defensive end Joey Bosa has recorded a sack in five of his six career games against the Raiders but didn’t play in the first meeting at SoFi Stadium because of a concussion. It appeared that Los Angeles won that contest without him when Herbert hit tight end Donald Parham Jr. with a four-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the game. However, the score was eventually overturned when a replay review showed that the ball touched the ground as Parham came down on the sideline chalk before establishing full control.

Las Vegas Raiders

 After seeing his defense gashed for 200 rushing yards in back-to-back games, including 212 in a 44-27 home loss to the Indianapolis Colts last week, Las Vegas head coach Jon Gruden decided to turn to defensive line coach Rod Marinelli for a quick fix to his very leaky defense. The 71-year-old Marinelli replaces Paul Guenther, who was fired as defensive coordinator shortly after Sunday’s loss to the Colts, on an interim basis. The Raiders (7-6) rank 30th in defense, allowing an average of 30.1 points per game and have allowed an average of 181.0 yards rushing over their last three games.

Besides the short turnaround, Marinelli also must deal with a cluster of key injuries to his defensive unit. Safety Johnathan Abram (concussion), cornerback Damon Arnette (concussion), linebacker Nick Morrow (concussion) and defensive end Clelin Ferrell (shoulder) all missed practice for Las Vegas on Tuesday while defensive tackle Maurice Hurst (calf) was limited. Another starting safety, Jeff Heath, went on injured reserve last week, also with a concussion.

Offensively, quarterback Derek Carr comes in off his 23rd career 300-yard game (316) and threw two touchdowns in the loss to the Colts but also was intercepted twice. Darren Waller had seven catches for 75 yards and is 16 receptions shy of becoming the sixth tight end in NFL history to post 100 catches in a season. Josh Jacobs, despite being hampered by an ankle injury the past month, ranks fourth in the AFC with 831 rushing yards, and the ground game will be counted on even more Thursday after wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was placed on the COVID-19 list.

Chargers at Raiders Betting Pick for Week 15

 After an impressive 6-3 start that included road wins at Kansas City (40-32) and Cleveland (16-6), the Raiders are a last-second 31-28 win at the winless New York Jets — thanks to a Gregg Williams’ coaching gaffe — from a four-game losing streak. The injury-ravaged defense has allowed an average of 37.5 points over that span.

Los Angeles has split its last four games and a big edge defensively ranking seventh in passing defense (217.1 avg.) and ninth in total defense (337.1). This is a must-win for Las Vegas if it wants to keep its playoff hopes alive but is the defense up to the task?

Chargers at Raiders Betting Pick:

Chargers 38, Raiders 30

Chargers at Raiders Best Bet for Week 15

The Chargers ran for 128 yards in the first meeting despite missing top rusher Austin Ekeler, and finished with 440 total yards and 26 first downs. Don’t be surprised if they surpass those numbers this time around against a Las Vegas defensive unit that is running on fumes.

Chargers at Raiders Best Bet: OVER 53.0

Indianapolis Colts at Las Vegas Raiders Betting Preview

Sunday, December 13, 2020, Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada, 4:05 p.m. ET

Colts at Raiders Betting Preview: Colts (-3/-108), Raiders (+3/-112)

Indianapolis Colts

The Colts (8-4) enter the contest tied for first in the AFC South with the Tennessee Titans but because of tiebreakers are second in the division and seventh overall when it comes to the AFC playoff race. That makes their first ever trip to Las Vegas to play the Raiders even more meaningful. The Raiders lead the all-time series 10-8, including 9-7 in the regular season, but the Colts have won five of the last seven meetings.

Indianapolis lost the last contest between the two teams, 31-24, in Week 4 last season at Lucas Oil Stadium but that was with Jacoby Brissett at the helm. Future Hall of Famer Philip Rivers is scheduled to get the nod this time which would be his 29th career start against the Silver and Black. That would break a record for most regular season starts against the Raiders that he shares with John Elway. Rivers already holds the marks for most wins (18), touchdown passes (47) and passing yards (7,103) against the Raiders.

The Colts have won three of their last four games, including a 26-20 victory at Houston last Sunday. Rivers completed 27 of 35 passes (77.1 percent) for 285 yards and two touchdowns in that one while rookie running back Jonathan Taylor had a career-high 135 scrimmage yards, including 91 rushing, and T.Y. Hilton had season highs in catches (eight) and yards (110) as well as a touchdown reception.

Las Vegas Raiders

Thanks to the Miracle in the Meadowlands, the Raiders (7-5) find themselves still in serious playoff contention but currently on the outside looking in as the No. 8 seed. It would have been a whole lot worse if not for Derek Carr hitting Henry Ruggs III with a game-winning 46-yard touchdown pass with five seconds remaining to beat the winless Jets, 31-28, on Sunday. The winning TD against a surprising all-out blitz cost New York defensive coordinator Gregg Williams his job and saved Jon Gruden’s squad an embarrassing loss.

It was the 20th fourth quarter comeback of Carr’s career, an NFL record for most in the first seven seasons. Carr finished the day throwing for 381 yards and three touchdowns and got plenty of help from tight end Darren Waller. Waller had 13 receptions for a career-high 200 yards and two touchdowns to become just the fourth tight end in NFL history to have 200-plus receiving yards and two or more touchdowns in a game.

Defensive end Clelin Ferrell returned after missing a pair of games with COVID-19 and had two sacks and two forced fumbles to go along with six tackles. However, the Raiders’ defense was gashed for 206 yards rushing even though the Jets lost starting running back Frank Gore after two plays with a concussion. Cornerback Trayvon Mullen added a highlight-reel one-handed interception, his second pick in the past three games.

Colts at Raiders Betting Pick for Week 14

Indianapolis has won three road games in a row and will be facing a Las Vegas team that has struggled at home in its first season in sparkling new Allegiant Stadium, winning just twice in five games. They’ll be going against a Raiders defense that is allowing 28.9 points per game which ranks 28th in the league and has struggled defending the pass, allowing an average of 257.1 yards per game.

This is the start of a make-it-or-break-it three-game home stretch for Las Vegas which still must play Miami at home in two weeks and ends the season at Denver. Trying to stop old nemesis Rivers won’t be easy, especially with a secondary that has three key performers in safeties Johnathan Abram (knee) and Jeff Heath (concussion) and cornerback Damon Arnette (concussion) battling injuries.

Colts at Raiders Betting Pick

Colts 35, Raiders 30

Colts at Raiders Best Bet for Week 14

The over is 5-1-1 for the Raiders in their last seven games against a team with a winning record and 6-0-1 in the last seven games when Las Vegas is a home underdog. The over is also 6-2 in the Colts last eight games overall and 8-3 in the last 11 games that Indy has entered as a road favorite.

Colts at Raiders Best Bet: OVER 51.5 total points (-118)

OddsUSA’s NFL Best Picks for Week 13

Greetings NFL fans. Here’s hoping you and your families had a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Last week, we had a couple of interesting events unfold. First, all of the quarterbacks for the Denver Broncos were out of the mix due to COVID-19 protocol. Second, after hanging tough with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Las Vegas Raiders were blown out by the Atlanta Falcons to the tune of 43-6.

And last, but certainly not least, I predicted wins for the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, and the Kansas City Chiefs. And for the first time in several weeks, I was correct on each of those selections, giving me a 3-0 week.

As a result, my overall record improved to 28-7 on the season. While it was nice to finally hit on each of those picks, Week 12 is in the books now and it is time to look ahead to the upcoming slate of games. Having said that, here’s a look at my top outright picks for Week 13.

Week 13 NFL Best Bet No. 3:

Cleveland Browns at Tennessee Titans (-4)

If you’ve been following my column at any point during the season, my first pick usually involves a matchup that could go either way, and that is certainly the case here. Both teams are coming off wins in Week 12. The Browns narrowly edged the Jacksonville Jaguars by a 27-25 margin. Meanwhile, the Titans defeated the Indianapolis Colts 45-26. Additionally, both of these teams have posted three wins in their last four contests. While both teams have a formidable running game, the Titans are a bit more balanced from an offensive standpoint and that will help them to come away with a win in what should be a very competitive game between a pair of teams with an identical 8-3 record.

James’ pick: Titans win in a close one

Week 13 NFL Best Bet No. 2:

Las Vegas Raiders (-7.5) at New York Jets

Sure, the Raiders have dropped their last two games. Sure, the Raiders are coming off one of their poorest showings of the season against the Falcons. On the flip side of the coin, though, the Jets have yet to win a game this season. Yes, the jury is still out on how good the Raiders are. At the same time, this is the winless Jets we’re talking about here. On the heels of two straight losses, and their playoff hopes starting to look a bit dim, look for the Raiders to bounce back in a big way here.

James’ pick: Raiders get back into the win column

James’ NFL Best Bet of Week 13:

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs (-13.5)

There is a reason why the defending champs have been one of my best bets several times during the season and that trend will continue in Week 13. On one side of this matchup, the Broncos are 4-7 and have dropped three of their last four contests. On the flip side of the equation, the defending champs have reeled off six straight victories since suffering a 40-32 loss against the Raiders in Week 5. Not only that, but the Chiefs’ aerial attack is rounding into form, and just at the right time. In fact, Patrick Mahomes has posted four consecutive games in which he has thrown for at least 350 yards. This includes a season-best 462-yard performance against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week. Simply put, the Chiefs are one of the hottest teams in the league right now and they will win this one going away. It would be a surprise if the Chiefs didn’t win this one by at least 10 points.

James’ pick: Chiefs win outright and by at least 10 points

Updated NFL MVP Odds for Week 12: Patrick Mahomes Leads the Pack

Happy Wednesday football fans. Before I begin, I’d like to take a moment to wish everyone and their families a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Last week, the list of players in the running for the NFL MVP award were Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and Patrick Mahomes. Both Russell Wilson and Patrick Mahomes led their respective teams to victory, but Rodgers and the Packers came up a bit short despite jumping out to a 14-point lead. Despite that, did Rodgers do enough to close the gap with the other two QBs ahead of Week 12?

Third-Best NFL MVP Odds: Aaron Rodgers (+500). Last Week (+300)

Aaron Rodgers continues to hold down the third spot on our weekly list. Going up against one of the better defensive units in the league — the Indianapolis Colts — everyone knew that Rodgers would have his work cut out for him.

Thanks to three touchdown passes in the first half, the Packers appeared to be on their way to an easy victory, as they led 28-14 at the break. However, the Colts’ defense came to life in the second half, and in a big way. Not only did Indianapolis hold the Packers to just three points after the break, they also forced a fumble in OT, which set up Rodrigo Blankenship’s game-winning field goal, enabling the home team to escape with a 34-31 victory.

Rodgers finished 27-of-38 for 311 yards and three touchdowns. While Rodgers eclipsed the 300-yard mark for the third straight outing, it wasn’t enough to prevent his team from losing in heartbreaking fashion.

Second-Best NFL MVP Odds: Russell Wilson (+300). Last Week (+225)

Russell Wilson was the frontrunner in the MVP race for most of the season. But thanks to a stretch of three losses in four games, along with 10 turnovers in those losses, Chef Wilson has been sitting at the No. 2 spot on our weekly list over the past couple of weeks.

Coming off his worst performance of the season – a 23-16 loss against the Los Angeles Rams—Wilson bounced back to help lead his team to a 28-21 victory against the Arizona Cardinals. While Wilson had a somewhat modest outing – throwing for just 197 yards – he made enough plays to keep his team in a division race that is heating up quickly.

Also, being that the Seahawks’ next four opponents have a combined record of 8-28-1, Chef Wilson still has an opportunity to make up some ground in this race.

The NFL MVP Odds Favorite: Patrick Mahomes (-121). Last Week (+180)

Patrick Mahomes took over the top spot in the league MVP a week ago and remains the frontrunner for the second straight week. Going into the Week 11 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders, Mahomes and Co. were looking for a measure of revenge against the team that handed them their only loss of the season back in Week 5.

Thanks, to a late-game drive, the Kansas City Chiefs came away with a 35-31 victory. Mahomes completed 34 of 45 passes for 348 yards and two touchdowns. After totaling just two 300-yard games during the team’s first seven games, Mahomes has thrown for at least 300 yards in each of his last three outings. He has also thrown nine TD passes and just one interception during that stretch. Simply put, Mahomes will be difficult to catch if he and the Chiefs’ offense continue playing at this level.  

Best Betting Picks for NFL Week 11: Doubling Down on the Packers, Chiefs, and Steelers

Happy Thursday football fans and welcome back to another edition of our best picks column. There was an interesting trend that unfolded in Week 10; four teams that finished below .500 last season posted victories. The list includes the Cleveland Browns, Las Vegas Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, and the Miami Dolphins. Not only that, but these teams are a combined 24-12 this season and they’re all in the playoff hunt. This just proves that anything can happen on any given Sunday.

Last week, I predicted wins for the Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, and the Green Bay Packers, but hedged my bets by saying the Ravens wouldn’t cover while the Saints and Packers would win big. Although the Saints did win big while losing Drew Brees, the Packers only beat the fiesty Jaguars by four.

As a result, I posted a 2-1 mark to improve to 23-6 on the season. The picks for the upcoming week will be somewhat challenging as there is only one matchup that offers a double-digit point spread. So, without further delay, here’s a look at my best bets for Week 11.

Week 11 NFL Best Bet No. 1: Green Bay Packers at Indianapolis Colts

This is a classic game featuring one of the better offensive teams in the league squaring off against one of the better defensive units in the league. The Packers are ranked third in scoring (30.8 points per outing), sixth in total yards (395.8), and passing yards per game (274.3). Green Bay also falls just outside the top-10 in rushing, averaging 121.4 yards per contest on the ground.

As good as the Packers are from an offensive standpoint, the Colts’ defense is just as formidable. Indy has allowed the second-fewest passing yards per contest (198.7) and they are ranked third in rushing yards allowed per contest (91.8). Along with that, the Colts are the top team in the NFL in yards per play (4.8) and third in rushing yards per attempt (3.5). Talk about a difficult pick.

Despite the Colts’ stout defensive stats, I’m predicting that Rodgers and the Packers will have another good outing in what should be a competitive game.

James’ pick: Packers win by a field goal

Week 11 NFL Best Bet No. 2: Kansas City Chiefs (-7) at Las Vegas Raiders

For those of you who have been following my picks this season, it is no secret that KC is one of the teams that I go with a lot. And I don’t make any apologies for doing so, either. After all, they are the defending champions and they are 8-1.

However, this matchup against the Raiders could be a shot at redemption for the reigning NFL champs; the Raiders handed the Chiefs their only loss – a 40-32 victory back in Week 5.

There are two reasons I’m going with the Chiefs here: First, they are a perfect 4-0 since losing to the Raiders and they have won those games by an averae of 16 points per contest. Second, Andy Reid is 18-3 in his career coming off a bye week. Considering those factors, I’m picking the Chiefs to split the season series in a close one.

James’ pick: Chiefs get revenge but don’t cover the spread

James’ NFL Best Bet of Week 11: Pittsburgh Steelers (-10) at Jacksonville Jaguars

Remember when I mentioned there was one matchup on this week’s slate of games that featured a double-digit favorite? Well, this is the one. On one side of the coin, we have a Jaguars’ squad that has dropped eight straight games. Sure, they hung tough with the Green Bay Packers but they’re still just 1-8 on the season.

Furthermore, the Steelers are a top-five team in passing yards allowed per contest (211.3) and they are a top-10 squad in rushing yards given up per outing (106.8). On top of that, the Steelers have the third-best scoring defense, giving up just 19 points per contest.

Based on how they played against Green Bay, the Jaguars will make this a competitive affair. In the end, though, the Steelers will prevail and remain the lone unbeaten team in the NFL.

James’ pick: Steelers win AND cover the spread

Kansas City Chiefs at Las Vegas Raiders Betting Preview

Sunday, November 22, 2020, Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada, 8:20 p.m. ET

Chiefs at Raiders Betting Preview: Chiefs (-7.5/-110), Raiders (+7.5/-110)

Kansas City Chiefs

The Super Bowl champs are 8-1 and can avenge that lone blemish as a heavy favorite. The Chiefs’ 40-32 home loss to the Raiders on Oct. 11 was one of two times the Kansas City defense allowed more than 20 points. The running game has not been at its best of late, but had a chance to make improvements over the bye week.

The Chiefs had 36 rushing yards in a Nov. 8 victory over the Panthers and 50 on 20 carries one week earlier against the Jets. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes saw heavy pressure in the defeat to the Raiders and Kansas City will be challenged to fix that Sunday after starting offensive tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Both have a chance to play Sunday, but will miss key practice days this week.

Las Vegas Raiders

Quarterback Derek Carr had 347 yards passing in the earlier victory over the Chiefs, with four completions over 40 yards. And while the Raiders no doubt are pleased with the victory, they have the Chiefs’ full attention now.

The Raiders have been one of the worst teams in the NFL at dealing with COVID-19 protocols and will be facing more challenges after six more active defensive players went on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. Many of them could return by Sunday.

The Raiders are 6-3 but just 2-2 at their new $2 billion home venue just off the Las Vegas strip. They are coming off a convincing 37-12 home victory over the Broncos last Sunday which was powered by 203 rushing yards and four interceptions.

Chiefs at Raiders Betting Pick for Week 11

As impressive as the Raiders have been this season, especially when considering their COVID-19 issues, they likely aren’t good enough to overcome a fully-engaged Chiefs team.

Kansas City apparently was upset the Raiders did a victory lap around Arrowhead Stadium in their team buses after that Oct. 11 game, but the loss to their longtime rival will be enough motivation.

Chiefs at Raiders Betting Pick: Chiefs 35, Raiders 24

Chiefs at Raiders Best Bet for Week 11

While the Chiefs might want to work on their running game this week, they will be most interested in ripping off chunks of yards any way possible and figure to show no mercy.

The teams combined for 72 points the last time they played and another high-scoring affair appears to be on tap.

Chiefs at Raiders Best Bet: GAME OVER 48.5 TOTAL POINTS (-110)