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Chargers vs. Raiders 2023 NFL Week 15 Odds, Preview & Pick

By Hank Blaine

Easton Stick and the Los Angeles Chargers hope to turn around their recent awful form on Thursday night when the Bolts and their starting QB head to Vegas to take on the rival Raiders. Stick replaces the injured Justin Herbert, which explains why the Raiders are the -3 favorites. Will Stick and the Cahrgers get it done? Or will the Raiders show why oddsmakers and NFL handicappers, at least so far, believe Vegas wins and covers? Check out NFL odds, analysis, and a free pick for Bolts at Raiders.

L.A. Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders Game Information

  • When: Thursday, December 14th, 2023. 8:15pm EST.
  • Where: Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas, NV
  • TV: Amazon Prime Video
  • Radio: ALT 98.7 (Chargers) // RNR 920 AM (Raiders)
  • Live Stream: NFL+
  • NFL Odds: Chargers (+3) // Raiders (-3)

Why Bet on the L.A. Chargers?

There have been moments where the Chargers D has looked downright fantastic. The Bolts allowed the Jets to score 6 points in a win and shut out the Patriots in another victory. Even giving up 20 to Baltimore wasn’t bad.

But although the Chargers defense has played well in some games, for the most part, the D has let the team down. In their last, the Broncos dropped 24 onto LAC. The Lions scored 41 in a Chargers loss and the Chiefs scored 31 earlier this season.

The best thing we can write about Easton Stick’s performance is that he didn’t throw a pick. After filling in for Herbert, Stick completed 54.2% of his passes for 179 yards.

Easton didn’t throw a TD. So we don’t know what we’re going to get with Stick this Thursday night. If the Bolts lean on running back Austin Ekeler, they might have a shot, but if they rely on Stick, things could bog down.

Why Bet on the Las Vegas Raiders?

Antonio Pierce knows defense, which is why outside of allowing the Chiefs to score 31 points in a loss, the Raiders D has played well since Pierce became the interim head coach.

Vegas gave up just 20 points to Miami in a loss. Last Sunday, the Vikings scored 3 in a 3-0 loss to Minnesota. Vegas’ D plays with fire no matter the outcome. Pierce is a great motivator so Maxx Crosby and his mates will give it their all on Thursday night.

Aidan O’Connell and the Raiders offense could do nothing positive versus the Vikings defense. However, we’ve been saying it all season long and were sticking to the fact that Brian Flores is a defensive mastermind.

O’Connell should have more success against a Chargers defense that misses assignments and doesn’t play with much passion. The Bolts are out of the playoff hunt. So LAC could even be less enthusiastic about playing Vegas.

Chargers vs. Raiders Betting Trends

  • Los Angeles is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 games.
  • The Chargers are 1-4 SU in its last 5 games.
  • The totals went under in 10 of the Chargers’ last 11 games.
  • Las Vegas is 1-4 ATS in the last 5 games played in week 15.
  • The Raiders are 2-5 SU in its last 7 games.
  • The totals went under in 5 of Las Vegas’ last 6 games.

Chargers vs. Raiders Expert Betting Predictions

It’s impossible to back the Chargers. LAC has become one of the most inept franchises in the NFL. The reason the Bolts have acquired the moniker is because unlike the Patriots or the Jets, the Chargers are loaded with talent.

Yes, losing a starting quarterback has a drastic effect on your team. But how do we explain the losses to Green Bay, Baltimore, the Lions, and giving up 24 points to Denver at home? Herbert played in the losses to the Packers, Ravens, and Detroit.

Easton Stick doesn’t play defense. So we can’t blame Stick for Denver’s offensive outburst. The Chargers just don’t have it. Raiders win and cover.

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