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.

BetMGM Sportsbook

Offer: Bet $1, Win $100 in FREE bets if there is a TD scored tonight

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Available States: CO, IN, NJ, TN, WV
Who’s Eligible? NEW players only

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?

But that’s exactly what our friends at BetMGM Sportsbook are offering tonight to new players. 

Tonight only, new players at BetMGM can risk a single buck in exchange for $100 in FREE bets should there be a touchdown scored in tonight’s Chargers-Raiders game by either side.

To take advantage of this lay-up promo, simply do the following:

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• Register at BetMGM Sportsbook and make a first deposit of AT LEAST $10

• Bet $1 on EITHER the Raiders or Chargers moneyline as your very FIRST bet

The moment someone finds the end zone in tonight’s game, you win $100 in free bets.  What better way to boost the bankroll ahead of a jam-packed sports weekend full of college football, college basketball, and the NFL?

PointsBet Sportsbook

Offer: Bet $20, Win $125 if Justin Herbert or Derek Carr throw for at least ONE yard

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Available States: CO, IL, IN, NJ
Who’s Eligible? NEW players only

They might as well call this the “put $20 on a side and wait for your $125 in free bets” promo because our friends at PointsBet Sportsbook are essentially doing just that for you.

Consider it an early Christmas present. 

Tonight only, new players at PointsBet Sportsbook can wager $20 on either the Chargers or Raiders and will be rewarded with $125 in free wagers IF either Justin Herbert or Derek Carr can break the 1-yard passing plateau.

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.

To cash in on this promo, simply do the following:

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• Register at PointsBet Sportsbook and make a first initial deposit of AT LEAST $20

• Bet $20 on EITHER the Chargers or Raiders moneyline OR point spread as your FIRST bet

The moment the side you bet on has their respective QB throw for more than a yard, you win.

William Hill Sportsbook

Offer: Get a FREE bet up to $500 to use on Chargers-Raiders

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Available States: CO, IN, NJ, WV
Who’s Eligible? NEW players only

This offer isn’t quite the easy lay-up as the preceding two promotions for tonight’s game, but it is still a great sign-up promotion all the same.

If you’re looking to plunk down some cash on whatever sport tickles your fancy, our friends at William Hill Sportsbook have one of the strongest deposit bonus offers in the game going right now.

This weekend, when you make a deposit ranging from $50 to $250 or more, you will immediately be rewarded with a free bet based on the tier of your deposit.

Here’s a better idea of how this works:

• Deposit of $50 – $99.99 = $100 Free Bet
• Deposit of $100 – $249.99 = $250 Free Bet
• Deposit of $250 or more = $500 Free Bet

We’d obviously recommend going for the $250 tier if you can swing it, but this is a great offering for any new player regardless of your budget.

To cash in on this latest promotion, simply do the following:

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• Register at William Hill Sportsbook and make your first deposit based on the tiers above

If you’ve been hankering to give William Hill a try, this is probably one of the best offers you’re going to get from one of the premier sportsbooks in the entire United States.

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

Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Chargers Betting Preview

Sunday, December 13, 2020, SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California, 4:25 p.m. ET

Falcons at Chargers Betting Preview: Falcons (-2.5/-115), Chargers (+2.5/-105)

Atlanta Falcons

After gaining 70 yards on the ground in Sunday’s defeat to the Saints, the Falcons (4-8) are looking for more from their running game. Todd Gurley was a solid red-zone runner earlier in the season, but chronic knee issues have slowed him of late and he had just 16 yards on eight carries Sunday.

Atlanta is 1-2 in its last three games, but the two defeats were to the NFC-best Saints and the victory was an impressive 43-6 showing against the Raiders. They fell 21-16 to New Orleans in their most recent game.

A Falcons’ loss would all but eliminate them from playoff contention, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions also playing a role in ending their hopes.

Los Angeles Chargers

If there was one thing that could be said about the hard-luck Chargers (3-9) is that at least they were competitive. That all changed Sunday when they were crushed 45-0 at home by the New England Patriots.

Issues on special teams for the Chargers are only getting worse after the Patriots returned a punt for a TD as well as a blocked kick. After rookie quarterback Justin Herbert threw for multiple touchdowns in seven consecutive games (and had at least three in five of those games), he has just one TD pass in his last two games combined.

Los Angeles was eliminated from playoff consideration last weekend. The Chargers are just 2-4 at home this season.

Falcons at Chargers Betting Pick for Week 14

While the Falcons did have 70 yards on the ground Sunday and just 59 in Week 10, those two games were against the Saints’ second-ranked rush defense. The Chargers are 23nd against the run (124.2 yards per game) and the Falcons’ signature balanced offense should be more evident in Los Angeles.

The Chargers expect to see Herbert return to his productive ways against a Falcons pass defense that is near the bottom of the NFL. But Los Angeles’ own struggles at keeping opponents off the scoreboard has led to 28.8 points per game (27th in the NFL) by their opponents.

Falcons at Chargers Betting Pick:

Falcons 30, Chargers 27

Falcons at Chargers Best Bet for Week 14

The Chargers have given up a combined 72 points in their last two games and are well aware they aren’t about to win a defensive tussle anytime soon. The pass is the best way to slice through the Falcons’ defense and the Chargers figure to lean into their rookie QB to open the final quarter of their schedule.

Falcons at Chargers Best Bet: Game OVER 48.5 total points (-110)

Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo Bills Betting Preview

Sunday, November 29, 2020, Bills Stadium, Orchard Park, New York, 1 p.m. ET

Chargers at Bills Betting Preview: Chargers (+5.5/-110), Bills (-5.5/-110)

Los Angeles Chargers

Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert can’t do it all, but he’s trying. Herbert is coming off a victory over the New York Jets on Sunday when he threw for a personal-best 366 yards. He also had three touchdown passes, giving him a rookie-record five games with three or more TDs this season. He also has seven consecutive games with at least two TD passes, another rookie record.

With all the focus on Herbert, the Chargers (3-7) might be inclined to take advantage of a Bills’ defense that is 28th against the run, giving up 135.0 rushing yards per game. The Chargers did defeat the Jets on Sunday but had more issues on defense, nearly blowing a pair of 18-point leads and a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter. Already this season they blew leads of 16 points or more in four consecutive games.

Buffalo Bills

The Bills (7-3) will enter the stretch drive of their final six games of the season coming off a well-timed bye week when they were able to move closer to full strength. The Bills activated four players from the reserve/COVID-19 list, including cornerbacks Josh Norman and Levi Wallace.

Quarterback Josh Allen remains just off the pace from the top signal callers in the NFL ranking eighth overall in a number of categories including completions (249), completion percentage (68.4) and TDs (21). He is seventh in passing yards (2,871). The Bills are 20th in total defense, allowing 373.7 yards per game and need to get better at stopping the run, but should be motivated after Buffalo lost to the Cardinals on Nov. 15 on an Arizona Hail Mary pass in the end zone.

Chargers at Bills Betting Pick for Week 12

It’s hard to peg the Chargers. Are they a good team that is competitive with everybody, or one that is so embarrassingly predictable, as they keep getting exposed in the second half each week? Less confusing is a Bills’ team that moves the ball well and just needs to work on tightening the defense over the final six weeks of the regular season.

Chargers at Bills Betting Pick: Bills 31, Chargers 28

Chargers at Bills Best Bet for Week 12

The Bills give up more than 26 points per game and the Chargers give up a shade over 27 per. Both offenses are in a flow with Allen showing impressive consistency for the Bills and Herbert getting better each week for the Chargers. Points should come often, with mild temperatures expected, especially for Buffalo at this time of the year.

Chargers at Bills Best Bet: OVER 53.5 total points (-110)