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Chargers face big odds, but always cover vs. Raiders

There have been some pretty one-sided games and some pretty big odds favoring San Diego in their recent games against Oakland. Can they cover 9.5 points Thursday when they host the Raiders and move their record to 10-1 ATS against their division rivals?

Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers -9.5 O/U 42.5

Oh what a game, as tonight we are treated to the 3-9 Raiders traveling to sunny San Diego to play the 4-8 Chargers.

It is not a big shock that the Raiders are struggling, as they are playing a second-year rookie QB, fired their head coach mid-season, and have one of the weakest offensive lines in the NFL.

But the Chargers? They have been one of the best teams in the league in the past few years, but this year their defense has been horrible, LaDainian Tomlinson has not looked anything like the MVP LT, and did I mention their defense?

The Chargers come into this game on a three-game losing streak, but still manage to be 9.5-point favorites in Week 14 NFL odds.

OK, so the Chargers have a legit offense, but their defense is ranked 27th in the NFL and they simply cannot defend the pass.

The Raiders have the league’s 25th ranked defense and they cannot stop the run.

Tomlinson can have a big night against the weak front-line defense of the Raiders, but will he? The one bright spot for the Chargers this year has been the play of QB Phillip Rivers, who ranks second in the league in QB rating.

The Raiders’ JaMarcus Russell may have a big tonight against the weak San Diego secondary, but will the porous offensive line protect him?

The Chargers were supposed to be one of the teams that could represent the AFC in the Super Bowl, but they will be watching the playoffs from home this year.

The Raiders will end up with another high draft pick and knowing Al Davis, he will squander it and take a player that does not play on the offensive line, which is their biggest need.

This season the Raiders are 5-7 ATS and the Chargers are 4-7-1. The total has gone Under in the Raiders last five games and the total has gone Under in 7 of the Raiders last 8 games in San Diego.

The Chargers are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games when playing the Raiders and the total has gone Under in 7 of the Chargers last 8 games.

OddsBlogger Pick:Even though LT has not been himself, he is on pace for a 1,000 yard season and it should help tonight playing the weak Raiders’ defense. The Chargers do have a weak secondary, but Russell is not a great passing QB and he simply does not have many weapons.

Look for LT and Rivers to have a big game, as the Chargers should easily win this game and cover the spread. Bet this game now at the best sportsbook for NFL underdog bettors.


College Football Odds – Big Spreads that the Dogs may cover

No. 4 Oklahoma -17 (11-1) vs. No. 19 Missouri (9-3) Big 12 Championship lines

Even though the Sooners are on fire and they have the nation’s top-ranked scoring offense and third-ranked passing offense, the Tigers are still a good team.

Their defense is weak, but Mizzou ranks fourth in passing offense and if they win they will play in their first BCS Bowl game ever. If the Tigers’ defense can stop the Sooners’ rushing attack, the game will become a shootout, which the Tigers would welcome.

The game is a neutral-site affair played at Kansas State’s home field, so you can throw out the home vs. road handicapping analysis.

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