Tonight’s Monday Night Football clash between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Las Vegas Raiders, may have been billed as the clash between two recently-moved franchises.
But how things have turned out in the ultra-competitive AFC West makes tonight’s game even more important, especially with how results went for the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos yesterday.
With the Broncos succumbing to their first defeat of the season, a 23-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, while the Chiefs defeated Philadelphia Eagles 42-30 to move to 2-2 on the season, this is a chance for either of these teams to state their credentials in this tough division.
So we are going to preview tonight’s big game and give you some cracking tips on it (we hope you had a look at our ‘shock picks for Sunday’ article this week, for a couple of cracking long odds bets that came in).
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Raiders Defend Unbeaten Record
There are just two teams in the NFL now that have unbeaten records. The Arizona Cardinals (4-0) who defeated the much-fancied Los Angeles Rams yesterday and the Las Vegas Raiders (3-0) who defend that record at the Los Angeles Chargers (1-2) tonight.
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) October 4, 2021
Having beaten the Ravens, Steelers and Dolphins, Jon Gruden’s team has emerged as one of the more unlikely success stories of the season. Widely condemned after what was viewed by many experts as a poor draft, the Raiders fine start has seen them go top of the AFC West before they play tonight’s game.
Derek Carr had thrown for more passing yards through Week 3 of the season than any other NFL quarterback by a comfortable margin, and with Josh Jacobs at running back and athletic tight end Darren Waller also impressing on offense, the Raiders have looked durable and dangerous.
A win here would put them in control of a very tough AFC West, however to do that they are going to have to defeat an in-form Chargers.
Chargers Big Win Sets Up MNF
Last week Justin Herbert landed the biggest win of his fledgling NFL career when he guided the Chargers to a 30-24 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. That win moved the Chargers to 2-1 and makes them big contenders in this stacked division.
A narrow win over the Washington Football Team on the opening week of the season was followed by a narrow defeat at the Cowboys, but the win over the Chiefs will give the Chargers huge confidence heading into this game.
In Keenan Allen, they have one of the best and most consistently productive wide receivers in the game. Mike Williams could also be hugely productive while Austin Ekeler is a sound running back. Add to that a defense led by Joey Bosa and there is the ingredients for a very strong team.
The Chargers have not yet won at their new Sofi Stadium and they will be very keen to end that run at the next available opportunity, which is tonight’s game.
BetRivers Odds On Raiders @ Chargers
BetRivers are currently offering Las Vegas at +3 on the Spread (-106) with the Chargers -3 (-115). On the moneyline bet, the Raiders are +145 and the Los Angeles -165 and the Total Points market is -108 for Over 51.5 total points or -113 for under 51.5.
Looking at the odds, I think that this is going to be a relatively low scoring game. The two defences are solid, while the offenses have done well this season, but don’t blow away teams with their high point scoring.
As such, I’d take the Under 51.5 points market as my starting point but from that I’d back the Chargers to land the win on the money line and also I think they will cover the spread to land the win on the spread market too.
Tonight’s game should be an absolute cracker, as most of the MNF games have been this season and whoever wins will go a long way towards improving their stature in one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL this season.