This NFL Schedule steam rolls into Week 16 as the final two weeks of the regular season has arrived. While the Oakland Raiders are still alive in the playoff picture, the realistically probability is very low after losing four straight contests heading into their Week 16 contest. Meanwhile for the Los Angeles Chargers, their season is over after being eliminated from playoff contention during week 15. As these two teams get set for their showdown, it will mark the last time these two teams meet with the Raiders home being located in Oakland.
While the Raiders start their plans for their future in Las Vegas, the team still has an outside opportunity of making a trip to the playoffs by finishing the season with two wins while a handful of other teams fail to win their own contests. As you look at these two teams this season their inconsistencies on offense has been a major concern including the play of quarterbacks Philip Rivers and Derek Carr. While each quarterback has put together solid performances, their performances in key matchups have been disappointing while both teams defense has played at well for most of the season.
Through their first 14 games, Rivers has thrown for 4,055 yards while throwing for 21 touchdowns and throwing for 18 interceptions. Meanwhile over that same stretch, Carr has thrown for 3,372 yards with 19 touchdowns while throwing eight interceptions. For these two quarterbacks their struggles have shown up in the team’s ability to win ball games. For Rivers, his turnovers have led to additional opportunities for their opponents to score. For Carr, his ability to make the key play to get the team in the end zone has shown up in the team’s ability to put points on the scoreboard.
Heading into Week 16, the Chargers are a seven point favor playing at home, while the over/under sits at 45.5. Here is an NFL Game Preview and NFL Prediction for the upcoming matchup between the Raiders and Chargers.
On The Arm of Rivers
As the Chargers look to make their move to Las Vegas, the potential for a new quarterback is extremely high as Rivers is currently in the last year of his current deal. Add that in with the quarterbacks struggles over the course of the season, opens up the possibility. Despite the blurry future, if the Chargers are to win this contest in Week 16, the team will need Rivers to make plays early and often while finding a way to protect the ball against a Raiders team that in week 10 forced the Chargers quarterback into throwing three interceptions.
Run the Football / Make Plays in the Red Zone
Despite their struggles the Raiders offense has the ability to make plays with Derek Carr and Josh Jacobs. Jacobs enters this contest with 1,150 yards on the ground while averaging nearly five yards per carry (4.8 ypc). In addition, in contests where Jacobs has touched the ball a minimum of 20 times, the Raiders have picked up wins in four of five contests. While the Raiders will need to run the football, Carr and the offense will need to make plays in the red zone while finding a way to post touchdowns in place of field goals.
Oakland Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers NFL Pick and Prediction
The Raiders will make their last trip to Los Angeles as the Oakland Raiders in Week 16 as the team moves to Las Vegas for the 2020 NFL schedule. Take the Raiders at -4.5 on the road as your NFL pick for Week 16. Entering this contest the Chargers have dominated the series winning four of their last five contests dating back to the 2016 NFL season. Over that stretch the Raiders have failed to score more than 20 points in each of their four losses. Entering this contest neither team has had success against the spread during the 2019 NFL schedule. The Raiders enter this contest covering the spread in just six of their first 14 contests including going just 2-4 against the spread on the road. Meanwhile the Chargers have covered the spread in just four of their first 14 contests while posting a 1-5-1 record against the spread at home. Over their last ten meetings, the Chargers have covered the spread in six of ten matchups. Take the Raiders at -4.5 on the road as your NFL pick for Week 16.
Oakland Raiders vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Sunday December 22nd, 2019
Betting Spread: Raiders -4.5 | Total 45.5
Pick & Prediction: Raiders -4.5