The ever-exciting Las Vegas Raiders look to stay unbeaten against the host Los Angeles Chargers on Monday Night Football. The NFL betting odds favor the Chargers, who did just defeat the preseason’s Super Bowl favorites, the Kansas City Chiefs. But Las Vegas has been money as an underdog.
|Game: Las Vegas Raiders (3-0) at Los Angeles Chargers (2-1)
Location: SoFi Stadium. Date: Monday
Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
Las Vegas Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers Betting Lines
|Team||Point Spread||Moneyline||Over/Under||Team Total|
|Las Vegas||+3½ -110||+150||52½ -110o|
|Los Angeles Chargers||-3½ -110||-170||52½ -110u|
The Raiders hold a 66-55-2 all-time record over the Chargers but this rivalry has been somewhat even in recent meetings. The teams are split at five wins apiece in their last 10 and went 1-1 last season, the Raiders’ inaugural season in Las Vegas. The Chargers are 6-4 as an NFL pick against the spread (ATS).
Las Vegas Raiders
Next game: vs Chicago Bears
The Raiders kept winning and stayed exciting doing it by edging the Miami Dolphins in overtime. Las Vegas just failed to cover its 3½-point spread as they beat the Dolphins by a field goal. The Raiders dominated the game and put up 497 total yards, but allowed the Dolphins to score 11 fourth-quarter points.
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Running back Josh Jacobs (ankle) remains sidelined, as are safeties Dallin Leavitt (concussion) and Roderic Teamer (ankle). Guard Richie Incognito (calf) has also not been practicing and will not play this Monday.
Los Angeles Chargers
Next game: vs Cleveland Browns
Not to be outdone by their NFC counterparts, the Chargers went into Arrowhead Stadium and beat Kansas City, the Super Bowl runner-up. The Chargers cashed as +240 underdogs as Justin Herbert just became an even bigger star by throwing the game-winning touchdown. The win signaled the start of what should be a classic rivalry.
The Chargers have no significant injuries to report.
Betting on the Game
The Raiders go from being 3½-point favorites to 3½-point underdogs. This is Las Vegas’s third opportunity to cash as dogs this year. Adding last season, Las Vegas is 7-4 against the spread (ATS) as an underdog. The Raiders are quite the cash cow when betting online and they have never been hotter.
But speaking of hot, the Chargers may have the Raiders beat. They are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games and are 4-1 ATS in their last five against a division rival. Quarterback Justin Herbert has a 5:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio against the division with a passer rating of 108.6.
The action has been pretty even here with a slight lean on the Raiders. They lost by just three points last time they met. Another interesting tidbit is that three of the last four winners have been the underdog.
The Chargers are also just 3-4 ATS when opening as a favorite at home since 2020. In fact, the Chargers have been one of the worst home teams on the spread as a franchise. Since 2014, the Chargers have had the fifth-worst cover record at home at 14-26-1 (35 percent).
You can also chalk it to this franchise finding ways to blow close games, the win over the Chiefs notwithstanding. Los Angeles went 4-3 last season in games decided by three points or less. But, the Chargers did just lose to Dallas after penalties cost them touchdowns.
However, there is also reason to believe that the Raiders are simply on a hot streak here and could be due to collapse at some point. This team finished 8-8 last season despite putting up the 10th-most points in the league.
The team also spent five of its last six games losing on the spread. All but one of them had the Raiders as a 3½-point favorite or underdog. Translation: The Raiders could not get it done in close games.
Either the Raiders lose a close one, or folks may as well take them to win straight up on the sportsbook. Las Vegas is +150 after opening at +159. Most of the money has been on the Raiders but the sharp money moved the line further for the home team.
Las Vegas went 5-6 as an underdog last season and is 13-24 under the Jon Gruden era. They are 2-2 as dogs against the Chargers in this span and are 6-1 in their last seven road games. Despite being hot and cold, the Raiders are a solid road team and the Chargers are not the best at home, hence why Las Vegas may pull an upset.
While folks are split on who’s winning, they have a consensus that this game is going over. Despite having the second-highest total in Week 4, almost 80 percent of the action is going to the over. But the line has stayed at 52½.
The Raiders have been kings of the over. Of their last 19 games, 14 have gone over (14-4-1) and that includes six of their last nine games as a visitor since 2020. Credit this to the Raiders’ cavalier defense and streaky offense. Even if four of the Chargers’ last five home games have gone under, there may be too much firepower here for both defenses.