San Diego Chargers -7.5 O/U 45.5 (1-2) at Oakland Raiders (1-2) +7.5 O/U 45.5 Sunday September 27 McAfee Coliseum, Oakland, California 4:05 p.m. EST, CBS TV
By Wilson of Predictem.com
The San Diego Chargers may be the best 1-2 NFL team in the league. The Chargers two losses were on a last play of the game against the Carolina Panthers, and a blown fumble-recovery call against the Denver Broncos. Really, the Chargers should be heading into this weekend with a 3-0 record.
The Chargers made a huge statement in front of a national audience on Monday night when they destroyed the Jets 48-29, and handed Brett Favre his first career loss to a San Diego team. The Chargers defense intercepted Favre twice and dropped another two potential picks, which only wouldve made matters worse for the Jets.
San Diego QB Phillip Rivers is playing well, and he currently leads the league with 9 TD passes through the first three games. Rivers completion percentage is an impressive 67.1 percent. He has accumulated 844 yards passing in just three games, which is nearly 300 yards in the air per game.
Part of the Chargers success is credited to the excellent play of the offensive line, which has provided Rivers with time to do his job. The Chargers can only continue to get better as long as the passing game stays in tact as this will open up the running game of LaDainian Tomlinson who is only averaging 3.3 yards per carry through the first three games; these numbers may be a reflection of San Diegos passing success.
The Oakland Raiders hold the same record as the Chargers, but are just the opposite, this team is in dire need of leadership. Raiders second year coach Lane Kiffin has been under fire since the week one blowout loss to Denver 41-14. Oaklands only win this season was against the Kansas City Chiefs, which isnt exactly a difficult task as the Chiefs are struggling as well. Kiffins decision making was once again questioned in last weeks loss to the Buffalo Bills when he apparently waited to long to freeze kicker Rian Lindell before he made the game winning field goal.
The Raiders really should have beaten the Bills, but this is how their season is going- one bad break after another. They simply seem to fall apart and have trouble finishing off their opponents.
Oakland is 2-1 ATS, 0-1 ATS at home while San Diego is 1-2 ATS, 0-1 ATS on the road! Which team will cover? Well, head to head, Oakland is 0-3 ATS at home against the Chargers, and the Chargers are 3-0 ATS at Oakland.
Bookies have the Chargers at -7.5 with the total (O/U) at 45.5. History is in favor of the Chargers covering the spread; do you remember the old saying History repeats itself? I think Oakland has their back against the wall once again.
San Diego has scored 110 points in its first three games, which is the second highest in franchise history as they put up 114 in 1981. The Chargers have won 7 out of their last ten games and seem to be rolling as of right now especially with the way Rivers has been performing.
Oakland has lost 7 out of their last ten games and appears to be on the chopping block as far as who their leader will be in the near future. Owner Al Davis is not exactly thrilled with head coach Lane Kiffin but seems to be taking his time on whether to keep him around or not.
Last year San Diego won this match-up 30-17, and Rivers completed 19-of-25 passes and tossed three for touchdowns.
Wilsons Pick: San Diego is on fire! Oakland will fight hard at home, but I still like the Chargers to add on to their wining ways. San Diego wins big, 35-14. Luck to ya.