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Raiders vs Chargers Odds, Lines, and Picks for Week 4 Monday Night Football

Eric Rosales

by Eric Rosales in NFL Football

Oct 3, 2021 · 4:00 PM PDT

Derek Carr signaling at line of scrimmage
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) during an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
  • The undefeated Las Vegas Raiders visit the LA Chargers on Monday Night Football
  • Monday Betting Record: 0-0 ML; 2-1 ATS; 1-0 O/U; +1.73 units
  • Check below for all the odds and trends for this MNF Week 4 clash

Area codes may have changed recently but it’s still the Raiders vs the Chargers, and their matchups remain wild.

We should expect as much in an already-crucial Week 4 Monday Night matchup when Las Vegas travels down the coast to LA.

The Chargers (3-0) are one of five unbeaten teams heading into play this week, and they are 3-point home favorites against the Raiders (2-1).

How much of a home advantage, however, is questionable. Many Raiders’ faithful — who supported the team while in-state at both Los Angeles and Oakland — are expected to be in attendance at SoFi Stadium for the 8:15pm ET kickoff Monday.

Raiders vs Chargers Odds

Team Spread Moneyline Total
Las Vegas Raiders +3 (-105) +150 O 51 (-115)
Los Angeles Chargers -3 (-115) -170 U 51 (-105)

*Odds taken on Oct 3 from DraftKings

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Carr Carrying Vegas

The level-up Derek Carr experience has been one of the reasons the Raiders are 3-0 for the first time since 2002, the year they went to the Super Bowl.

He leads the NFL with 1,203 passing yards, and has gone over 325 yards passing in five straight games.

Carr has been spreading the love as well, with four receivers: Darren Waller, Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards and Hunter Renfrow eclipsing 200+ yards receiving after three weeks. That’s never been done in NFL history.

They’ve also been exciting and historic in their wins — Vegas is the only NFL team to open with two overtime wins in their first three games, including last week’s 31-28 OT win over the Dolphins.

That’s also a byproduct of the Raiders’ slow starts. Twice they’ve already faced 14-0 deficits and have been outscored 21-5 in the opening quarter.

We’re going to see if head coach Jon Gruden will follow the numbers in building his gameplan. The Chargers’ defense is sixth-best in passing yards per game, and they allow just 6.9 yards per attempt. LA’s weakness is the run game. They are dead last in the NFL, surrendering 170 yards per game.

Even if Josh Jacobs is able to go after nagging toe and ankle injuries (currently listed as questionable), can he, Peyton Barber and Kenyan Drake make an impact?

Super-Charged Bolts

Perhaps no team is carrying more swagger than the Chargers, after they walked into Kansas City and beat the Chiefs 30-24 last week. Justin Herbert was sensational, throwing for four TD scores to  continue his strong start to this season.

The second-year pivot is fourth in the NFL in passing with 956 yards, with much of the production headed to the stellar wide receiver duo of Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.

Williams led the team against the Chiefs, picking up seven caches for 122 yards and two scores. He’s scored a TD in every game this season.

They’ll be meeting an improved Raiders’ defense, a unit that has jumped from 30th in points per game in 2020 to 15th, while moving to sixth in allowing third-down conversions, a big leap from 30th. Part of that comes from an improved pass rush, led by Yannick Ngakoue and Maxx Crosby, a duo that’s combined for 40 QB pressures this season.

Herbert has only been sacked five times all year, and this will be a nice test to see how LA’s offensive line holds up.

Establishing the run game better would definitely help. The Chargers rank 26th, averaging only 87.3 yards per game. The Raiders are in the bottom half of run defense, allowing better than 120 yards a contest, which ranks 22nd.

Avoiding penalties is also a self-inflicted wound LA can avoid. They’re 30th in penalties, averaging early nine accepted per game. Giving Carr and that receiving corps extra chances could be lethal Monday.

What’s the Best Bet?

If last season’s matchups are any indication, Monday will be a typically unpredictable wild one between these AFC West rivals.

Vegas won in LA 31-26, with the Raiders nearly blowing a 28-17 lead in the third quarters. LA won in Vegas in the rematch, with Herbert running in a score in OT to win 30-27.

Two premier offenses will likely go back and forth, with the last team holding possession given a chance to win.

Pick:

  • Raiders +3 (1 unit to win 0.95 units ) and OVER 51 (0.5 units to win 0.435 units)
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