With the AFC West expected to be a wide-open race this year, the San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders play a key game Monday night to wrap up the first week of the season at the O.co Coliseum.
And if recent history in an indicator of future results, this game will go over the total. The past five meetings here all played OVER. [ Check out fun Monday Night Football Props ]
Plenty of question marks surround both of these teams (who are both coming off of 8-8 seasons), and this game is also too close to call as San Diego is just a slight favorite at -1 at Sportsbook.ag.
Oakland and San Diego have split their last six games 3-3, but Oakland has covered the spread in five of those six games. [ Pick this game in your NFL bankroll contest - sign up now, never too late to join and win ]
There Raiders have been a Monday Night Football underdog seven straight times and they are 2-5 ATS in that timeframe.
Sportsbooks have set the Raiders as 1-point favorites on the opening line at . The total is listed at 47.5, along with bonuses up to $500, at Sportsbook.ag.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 19-rated Raiders and the No. 8-ranked Chargers, according to the NFL Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 26-20 result in favor of the Chargers.
San Diego Chargers Trends:
When playing in September are 6-4
When playing on grass are 5-5
After being outgained are 6-4
When playing within the division are 6-4
Oakland Raiders Trends:
When playing in September are 4-6
When playing on grass are 4-6
After outgaining opponent are 5-5
When playing within the division are 7-3
A few Chargers at Raiders trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Diego's last 5 games when playing on the road against Oakland
San Diego is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Oakland
San Diego is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games when playing Oakland
San Diego is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing at home against San Diego
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Oakland's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games at home
Oakland is 6-12 ATS in its last 18 games when playing San Diego
San Diego home to Tennessee, Sunday, September 16
Oakland at Miami, Sunday, September 16