Los Angeles Chargers @ Las Vegas Raiders 12/14/23 Free Pick, NFL Odds, NFL Predictions

Los Angeles Chargers (5-8) at Las Vegas Raiders (5-8)

Game Info: Thursday, December 14th, 2023 at  8:15 p.m. EST (Allegiant Stadium)

Betting Odds: Raiders -3 (-110) - Over/Under (34.5)

Pick: Raiders -3 (-110)

Thursday night takes us to beautiful Las Vegas to open up the 15th week of the NFL season. With only four weeks to go in the NFL season teams are fighting for their lives and that’s exactly what we have here in this matchup between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Las Vegas Raiders. These two teams come into this game with identical losing records and they will likely need to win out if they want an opportunity to make the postseason this year. Both of these teams had much higher expectations coming into the season, but neither of those teams have lived up to those expectations and one of these teams has already fired their coach midway through the year. The loser of this game will have their playoff hopes officially ended here on Thursday night in Las Vegas.

There’s a lot of questions that have been unanswered for the Los Angeles Chargers this season after coming into the year with so many expectations. This is yet another year where the Los Angeles Chargers have underperformed their expectations and will likely not play in the postseason. At this point it seems as if head coach, Brandon Staley could end up getting the boot at the end of the season if things don’t improve throughout the last four weeks of the year. They come into this game with eight losses through their first 13 games of the regular season in this game and every game from here on out as they must win if Los Angeles wants to make a playoff appearance this season. 

Despite having all the talent in the world on both ends of the football, they just have not been able to get the job done throughout the year as they have lost some close games and they have lost to some pretty inferior teams along the way as well. That is unusual, for Los Angeles have been competitive over the last several seasons, and now this year, they are staring a losing season in the face if they cannot win their next four games of the year. They have lost four out of their last five games on the season, and they come into this game looking to bounce back after being blown out by the Denver Broncos in their previous contest.

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The Las Vegas Raiders fired Josh McDaniels and their general manager in the middle of the season and it has arguably helped the team throughout the last several weeks. However, they come to this game as losers of eight out of their first 13 games of the season. If they won an opportunity to make the postseason they will need to win their remaining four games of the year. It seems highly unlikely at the moment, but they do have an opportunity to get the job done against a struggling Los Angeles Chargers team here on Thursday at home to grab their sixth victory of the season. A win in this game would at least keep their hopes alive heading into the last three weeks of the year. 

This is likely going to be an ugly game here on Thursday night in Las Vegas as both teams will be playing with their back up quarterbacks, but Las Vegas has the edge because their backup quarterback has made several starts throughout the regular season. They don’t have much momentum coming into this game after failing to score a single point in their previous game against the Minnesota Vikings and losing their third consecutive game as well. They will be looking to snap their three game losing streak, and break their slump of losing four out of the last five of a victory here in this one against Los Angeles on Thursday night at home.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Las Vegas is 4-3 at home this season

- Los Angeles is 3-3 on the road this season 

- Los Angeles is 0-4 as an underdog this season

This is likely going to be an ugly low scoring game much like the last few games for both of these teams have been. In the end I do look for the Las Vegas Raiders to pick up the victory at home over the Justin Herbert-less  Angeles Chargers here on Thursday night and week 15 of the NFL season. As I look for the Las Vegas Raiders to pick up a close victory here at home and week 15 to keep their faint playoff hopes alive and officially eliminate the Los Angeles Chargers from playoff contention with a victory here in this one.

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