NFL betting handicappers have been impressed with the fight of the Oakland Raiders despite a 1-3 start as they are providing occasional good football betting value.
The Raiders will host the Chargers on Sunday in one of the oldest and most bitter rivalries in the AFC with a kickoff time of 4:10 PM and a telecast on CBS. Sports-Gambling opened with San Diego as a 6 point road favorite.
So far it’s been all home cooking for the San Diego Chargers as they are 2-2 straight up and with the NFL odds with their wins and payouts coming at home and their losses on the road. Last week San Diego blew out Arizona 41-10 as 10 point home chalks. The Chargers have gone over the total in 3 out of 4 games this year.
The Chargers offense has been really good so far as it ranks 1st overall and 3rd in passing with quarterback Philip Rivers making the most out of what he has in receivers after losing all pro Vincent Jackson to a suspension and holdout. San Diego’s defense has climbed to rank best in the NFL as well.
San Diego’s 2 losses were caused in large part due to special teams breakdowns and if they can tighten up that area of their game they will be difficult to beat. Running back Michael Tolbert has been a nice compliment to Rivers as he has 281 yards.
The Oakland Raiders have a record of 1-3 both straight up and with the football odds but the Raiders have played well since losing at Tennessee in a blowout on opening day. Oakland is coming off a tough 31-24 home loss to the Houston Texans as 3.5 home dogs. The Raiders went over the total for the third time in 4 games last week.
The Oakland offense has responded to the quarterback change from Jason Campbell to Bruce Gradkowski and has climbed to 9th in the NFL. The defense ranks 12th for yards allowed but 29th for points permitted.
The Oakland pass defense has been leaky and the main problem for their record as it ranks next to last in the NFL, which is a scary thought when going up against Rivers.