The Las Vegas Raiders battle it out with the Los Angeles Chargers inside SoFi Stadium in Week 1, and here are the odds and prediction.
In Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season, the Las Vegas Raiders will hit the road to take on the Los Angeles Chargers inside SoFi Stadium. For the Silver and Black, these trips to Los Angeles are basically home games, as Raider Nation invades and there is a see of fans representing the Raiders.
In 2022, both of these teams are playoff contenders, and the Chargers should have a bit of a chip on their shoulders considering Las Vegas eliminated them from the playoffs in Week 18 of the 2021 NFL season. Instead of playing for a tie and both teams making the playoffs, the Raiders decided to kick a game-winning field goal in overtime, sending the Bolts packing.
Expect a ton of excitement for this matchup, and here is a quick look at the betting odds as we inch closer to game time.
Raiders vs Chargers Odds Week 1
Over at the FanDuel Sportsbook, Las Vegas is the underdogs in this matchup with their division rival, as the publication has the Silver and Black getting 3.5 points. If you bet the Raiders straight up on the moneyline, it would net a +154 gain, and the over/under for this AFC West battle is set at 52.5 points.
In terms of prop bets, you can bet either Davante Adams, Hunter Renfrow, or Darren Waller scores the Raiders touchdown of the game, and that would bring +350.
Raiders vs Chargers Prediction Week 1
The Silver and Black did a nice job of filling a lot of the holes on their roster this offseason, but issues remain along the offensive line. The matchup with the Chargers will be won in the trenches, as the Bolts have a solid pass rush duo in Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa, while the Raiders counter with Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones.
This game is going to come down to who makes the fewest mistakes, and with so much hype surrounding both franchises, we could be in for an instant classic in Week 1. However, I believe the Raiders will come away with the victory against Los Angeles inside SoFi Stadium, as it will be a ‘home’ crowd that is rocking to see all the new weapons, including Davante Adams.
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The Chargers defense is improved, but Las Vegas has far too many weapons, especially in the passing game. When you add to the fact that JC Jackson is coming back from injury, and may not even play, that will be a huge advantage for Derek Carr and this offense.
In the end, they make a few more plays than the Chargers do, and come away with the win.
Final Score: Raiders 31, Chargers 28