Raiders-Chargers predictions: Experts divided on rivalry game originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
After a big win in Cleveland last week, the Raiders (4-3) return to divisional play and take on the rival Los Angeles Chargers (2-5) Sunday from the brand-new SoFi Stadium.
Las Vegas dominated the time of possession in last week's win, feeding running back Josh Jacobs for a career-high 31 carries. LA's rookie quarterback Justin Herbert has invigorated the Chargers' offense, and despite the record, the oddsmakers expect Sunday's game to be decided by a razor-thin margin.
Line: LAC -1
Last week's win was an outlier for the Raiders, as just about every one of the team's games so far this season has been high-scoring.
Herbert and the Chargers' offense should be able to score with relative ease, and Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr likely will have to make some plays down the field.
This game essentially is a coin flip as a bettor, and the pundits also are split on which team will come out on top Sunday.
Josh Schrock, NBC Sports Bay Area: Chargers 28, Raiders 24
Paul Gutierrez, ESPN: Raiders 23, Chargers 21
Shelley Smith, ESPN: Chargers 24, Raiders 17
Michael David Smith, ProFootballTalk: Raiders 21, Chargers 20
Mike Florio, ProFootballTalk: Raiders 27, Chargers 24
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com: Raiders 30, Chargers 28