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The Los Angeles Chargers (9-7) and the Las Vegas Raiders (9-7) square off for an AFC West matchup in the final game of the regular season at Allegiant Stadium.

Both teams picked up crucial wins in Week 17 and whoever wins Sunday night’s matchup is in the playoffs. Early NFL odds have the Chargers as -3 favorites, with the point total at 49.

The Raiders are still alive in the playoff hunt after defeating the Indianapolis Colts 23-20. They needed every second to squeak out a win with Daniel Carlson kicking a game-winning field goal. Las Vegas got a huge performance from wide receiver Hunter Renfrow and Zay Jones, who combined for 176 yards and a touchdown. Derek Carr, however, has continued to struggle, tossing an interception in his fourth straight game.

Defensively, the Raiders were able to keep the Colts’ high-powered offense in check, holding the Colts to 20 points and just 3 of 11 on third downs. They still allowed Johnathan Taylor to rush for over 100 yards and find the end zone and didn’t force a turnover in the loss. Despite this, they held the Colts to 262 yards.

The Chargers also had an impressive performance in holding the Denver Broncos to 13 points while recording one sack in their 34-13 win. The Chargers’ defense recovered from their loss against the Houston Texans, particularly on special teams where they recorded a touchdown on a kick return. The rushing defense has been awful, allowing over 140 yards per game, but buckled down against the Broncos by holding them to 83 yards.

Offensively, Los Angeles scored 34 points and now ranks fourth in total offense, averaging 387.1 yards and 27.6 points. Justin Herbert passed for two touchdown, bringing his total to a career-high 35.

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