Chargers Face Raiders in Thursday Night Football Showdown: bet365 Preview (Dec. 14)

This week’s Thursday Night Football game features the Los Angeles Chargers traveling to Las Vegas to take on the Raiders at 8:15 p.m. ET. Both teams are struggling with below .500 records and underperforming offenses. The game doesn’t promise many Hall of Fame moments, especially after L.A.’s Justin Herbert underwent season-ending surgery. The Raiders are favored by a field goal at home and have made a mid-season QB change.

The Chargers are virtually eliminated from playoff contention and will have to decide if Brandon Staley is the head coach to lead the team beyond its final game of 2023. The Chargers have lost four of their last five games. Easton Stick took over when Herbert went down in their previous game, and there isn’t much to go on, as Stick was a fifth-round pick.

The Raiders, on the other hand, have been up and down after a leadership change. Aiden O’Connell, the new QB, has had some decent moments but also struggled. Their running game is in question after Josh Jacobs left a recent game with an injury. Their defense is led by edge rusher Maxx Crosby, who had a pair of sacks last week.

It’s easy to imagine the Chargers tailoring much of their game plan around Austin Ekeler, their weapon both in the run and pass game. Keenan Allen’s status is uncertain due to an injury, leaving Ekeler to potentially carry much of the offensive load.

The Raiders have many questionable players, while the Chargers are in fairly good shape. The game is expected to be around 7 C at kickoff, but it will be indoors at Allegiant Stadium.

Betting trends suggest a high chance of the game hitting the under. The Raiders have only been favored five times this season and have scored more in divisional matchups than their overall season average.

Player prop trends suggest targeting O’Connell’s passing yards and Ekeler’s receiving yards in this game.

Overall, the game promises to be a close matchup with both teams having their strengths and weaknesses.