The San Diego Chargers vs Oakland Raiders Odds reflect what type of crossroads divisional game this is on Monday Night Football. The razor thin -1 point spread favoring the Raiders shows that the Week 1 NFL Picks sharps are not too crazy about either squad. The Chargers are coming off a .500 season but have owned their hated rivals in Silver and Black with a 14-3 record over their mast 17 meetings. Oakland is optimistic after notching a surprising .500 season of their own but early results from Raiders rookie head coach have been mediocre. The real question is can Oakland take advantage of the Chargers tendency too start the season slow? Below is a closer look at this 10:15 PM ET Monday Night Football match-up from our Week 1 NFL Picks staff. The San Diego Chargers vs Oakland Raiders Odds have Oakland at -1 at -110 juice.
Week 1 NFL Picks Analysis: Our staff isn’t backing a washed up QB in Carson Palmer and an unproven brain on the sidelines in Dennis Allen. Oakland was lucky to post an 8-8 season last year and now they are breaking in new systems on both sides of the ball. The Chargers have lost some firepower over the years (Most recently All-Pro WR Vincent Jackson) but the skill positions on offense are still strong. Chargers TE Antonio Gates will get open often against soft Raiders coverage and the bolts run game should have success with or without starting RB Ryan Matthews (Questionable) in the lineup. Oakland allowed over 2,000 yards rushing a year ago and even if Matthews can’t play the backups should give Phillip Rivers balance. The San Diego Chargers vs Oakland Raiders Odds Total is at 46.5 points.
Oakland is strong and the trenches and will play hard at home on Monday Night Football but Raiders QB Carson Palmer will throw a few game changing INT’s. Raiders RB Darren McFadden could go for 100+ yards but the Chargers are better equipped to win this anticipated shootout. Chargers head coach Norv Turner is usually nonchalant in his approach early in the season but expect him to have his players focused for week 1. The Sports Odds Vegas spread is more about “public” money betting Oakland more than actual talent levels.
NFL Picks Analysis: San Diego Chargers +1 (1 UNIT $1000 to win $1000)