The Bolts host the Raiders on Monday Night Football and are looking to be the first team to hand the Raiders a loss this season. Vegas has surprised many by defeating the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins to start the year 3-0.
This is a battle between the two top teams in the AFC West on our AFC West power rankings and whoever comes out on top is going to get the top spot in the rankings.
Despite being 3-0 and being in first place in the AFC West, Vegas is not giving much love to the Las Vegas Raiders.
LA Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders odds Week 4:
According to WynnBET, the Chargers are 3.5-point favorites at home against the Las Vegas Raiders. The common consensus is typically that the home team gets three points towards the line, so on a neutral field, Vegas views the Chargers as a slightly better team as .5-point favorites.
The point total for the game has been set at 52.5 points. The Bolts are -190 moneyline favorites while the Raiders are +160 moneyline underdogs.
LA Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders prediction Week 4:
I went 1-1 in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs. I took Chargers +6.5 believing that they would at least cover and they won outright. I also took over 54.5 points, which would have hit if Tristan Vizcaino hit the last extra-point attempt of the game. Of course, he missed it. Talk about a bad beat. I am now 3-3 on the season picking Chargers games.
In this game, I am going to go with Chargers -3.5 and under 52.5 points. While the Raiders are 3-0 and have some impressive wins under their belt on paper, this is a team that has had some nice breaks and could easily be 1-2 or even 0-3.
The overtime win over Baltimore was great but that was a Baltimore team that was scrambling to figure things out at running back and should have won the game. John Harbaugh mismanaged the game clock and left Derek Carr too much time to drive downfield to kick the game-tying field goal. More credit to Carr, he has been great, but the Ravens lost that game more than the Raiders won it.
The Pittsburgh Steelers suffered injuries against the Raiders on defense that allowed Vegas to capitalize and outduel an aging Big Ben, which is not that hard to do. Look at how badly the Bengals just beat up on the Steelers. While it was a good win for the Raiders, the Steelers are not as good as their name indicates.
Then it took the Raiders another overtime win to get past Jacoby Brissett and the Miami Dolphins. Miami too has a solid defense, sure, but it was Jacoby Brissett.
Lamar Jackson, Ben Roethlisberger and Jacoby Brissett are not quarterbacks who is going to beat a team in the passing game. Justin Herbert is and this is easily the biggest challenge the Raiders have had defensively thus far.
The Chargers should be able to piece together long drives against the Raiders early on and drain the life out of Vegas before they can even get going. The defense has been great in forcing takeaways and has really limited the passing game. While the run defense is a concern, I do not expect Derek Carr to have a big game in this one.
Derwin James can help stop Darren Waller and the rest of the secondary should be able to handle the Raiders' receiving corps.
This is going to be a statement win for the LA Chargers that puts them in a tie for first place in the AFC West. Chargers 30, Raiders 17.