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Chargers at Raiders. Game Preview and Predictions

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Week 10 on the 2019 NFL Season is at our doorstep, and we are up for some pretty awesome football action as the season moves forward and things heat up. 

It all starts on Thursday Night Football, with an AFC West fight between the Chargers and Raiders.  Sunday will be a bit lighter this week, with only 11 games happening due to some bye weeks of popular teams.

Still, there’s plenty to get hyped about, with a New York City Derby between the Jets Giants, a clash between NFC playoff rivals Panthers and Packers.  Then there’s the Vikings taking on the Cowboys on Sunday.  And that leads to the biggest game of the week on Monday Night Football – The Seahawks trying to beat the unbeaten 49ers in an NFC West clash.

So here are our Week 10 NFL picks.

Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders

8:20 PM ET, Thursday, November 7, 2019
RingCentral Coliseum, Oakland, California

Both Oakland Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers are in the running a seat in the AFC Playoff.  Both are also coming off the back of a much-needed victory, with Raiders (4-4) winning the Detroit Lions 31-24 Sunday, and having a quick turnaround to host the Chargers on Thursday. 

The Chargers (4-5) seemed to be on their way out of the playoffs with a 3-game losing streak, but pulled back into the race again with their two recent wins over the Chicago Bears (17-16) and then against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday (26-11).

It was a bit of a surprise that Chargers to fire offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhut in mid-season, after the win at Chicago.  But it’s becoming clear to be part of the plan of Los Angeles to improve its running game.  New coordinator Shane Steichen got right to work, and the Chargers already ran an all-time season high of 159 yards against Green Bay. 

Head Coach Anthony Lynn praised Steichen’s plan that resulted in Running Back Melvin Gordon running 80 yards for two touchdowns, and RB Austin Ekeler putting another 70 yards into the pile.  Quarterback Phillip Rivers threw for 294 yards, with 28 attempts, which is his lowest this season.  This includes seven throws to Tight End Hunter Henry, who returned from injury and posted 25 receptions in four games.  So as far as the Chargers’ offense, everything is starting to fall into place.

Raiders Quarterback Derek Carr threw in the past two games 289 yards for five touchdowns and zero interceptions.  Carr has thrown at least two touchdowns and completed 100-yards+ passes in his last four games on the road, and now he also has the home advantage. Oakland rookie Running Back, first-pick Josh Jacobs passed the 100-yard mark three times in four games, and rushed two touchdowns in three games out of his first eight. 

Although the average points scored per game are similar between the two teams with a slight advantage to Oakland (20.3 for the Chargers and 22.8 for the Raiders), the Raiders defense allows opponents to score considerably more points per game (27.0) than the Chargers (18.7). 

So with a Los Angeles’s running game and offensive line that is becoming more lethal each week, and Oakland’s defense that is doesn’t shot down the enemy, we predict this game to go the visitors’ way.

Predictions

Final Score: Los Angeles Chargers to Win 27-20 and cover the spread.

Spread: Chargers -1.5 (48%) / Raiders +1 (52%)

Line: 47.5 Over (55%) / Under (45%)

 

 

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Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers – Game of the Week. NFL Week 10

8:15 PM ET, Monday, November 11, 2019
Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

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