The Los Angeles Chargers will be looking to build on their 26-11 upset of the visiting Green Bay Packers over the weekend when they take on the Oakland Raiders this week on Thursday Night Football as narrow 1-point road favorites on the NFL betting odds.
Los Angeles’ victory over Green Bay as a 4-point underdog marked the first time during this NFL football season that the team had tallied consecutive straight-up wins, and lifted its record to 4-5 going into Thursday night’s action at RingCentral Coliseum.
Despite their recent surge, though, which began with a narrow 17-16 win in Chicago as 3.5-point underdogs in Week 8, the Chargers have plenty of work to do to get back into playoff contention. Los Angeles continues to lag behind the first-place Kansas City Chiefs by two games in the AFC West standings, leaving them as a +800 wager on the NFL betting futures to claim their first divisional crown since 2009.
The Chargers have enjoyed some modest success on the road of late. In addition to their recent narrow victory over the Bears, the Chargers marched to a lopsided 30-10 win in Miami as 15-point road favorites in Week 4, giving them a 2-1 SU record in their past three games away from Dignity Health Sports Park.
Los Angeles has emerged as somewhat of an NFL betting disappointment, however, particularly while pegged as betting favorites on the NFL lines, going 1-4 SU and against the NFL spread in their past five games overall when favored. However, the Chargers have risen to the occasion when listed as road chalk, going 8-2 SU and 7-3 ATS over their past 10.
And while the Chargers have struggled to produce steady results in recent contests played in prime time, going 4-10 SU in their past 14, they have fared far better when appearing on Thursday Night Football, earning outright wins in six of their past nine. However, that success does not extend to their past two Thursday night road dates in Oakland. The Chargers have dropped two straight in Oakland on Thursday nights, capped by a 23-20 overtime loss in December 2015, and have gone 1-5 SU in six all-time meetings with Oakland on Thursdays.
Raiders Have Paid at Home on the NFL Spread
The Raiders continue a three-game homestand on Thursday night after posting a 31-24 win over the visiting Detroit Lions that snapped a two-game SU slide. With the win as 2.5-point chalk on the NFL odds, the Raiders improved to 4-4 on the season, and now sit just one game back of Indianapolis for the final playoff spot in the AFC.
Oakland has given bettors something to cheer about in dates on home turf this season, going 3-1 SU. The Raiders have also regularly paid out on the NFL odds in recent home dates, going 6-1 ATS in their past seven. The team has also defied the oddsmakers while pegged as home underdogs, posting outright victories in four of their past five while covering five of six.
However, that success does not extend to recent home dates in which the Raiders were listed as narrow underdogs, with Oakland going 1-4 SU and ATS in their past five while listed as home underdogs of two or fewer points.
And despite their recent home success, the Raiders have consistently surrendered worrisome point totals of late, allowing 24.33 points per game over their past three, and more than that number in six of their past 11 home dates, contributing to a brief 2-0 run for the OVER. Home wins on consecutive weekends have also been rare for the Raiders, who have not accomplished that feat since December 2017, and are 8-20 SU in 28 overall contests since.
*Odds as of November 6, 2019