Before the regular season began, Chargers-Raiders in Week 15 looked to be a marquee matchup between two teams potentially competing for a playoff spot.
However, that hasn't been the case as both teams have been disappointing and will likely miss out on the postseason. The Chargers are trying to bounce back after last week's loss to the Broncos, where they also lost starting quarterback Justin Herbert to a season-ending injury.
The Chargers will turn the starting QB job to Easton Stick, who has been a backup for his entire NFL career. Nonetheless, I found two Chargers anytime props at plus-money that bettors should consider despite the situation at QB.
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Best anytime touchdown scorer picks for Chargers vs. Raiders
- Davante Adams (+155)
- Austin Ekeler (+160)
- Gerald Everett (+400)
Davante Adams anytime touchdown scorer (+155)
The Raiders haven’t announced who will start at quarterback for Thursday night, but that won’t stop me from taking Adams to score a touchdown. The star wide receiver has had to deal with a revolving door at quarterback this season but still has produced (76 receptions for 864 yards and four touchdowns).
Adams has been held without a touchdown in two straight games but has a good matchup on Thursday against the Chargers. The Chargers’ defense has allowed 14 touchdowns to WRs this season, including six touchdowns in the last four games. When these two teams played earlier this season in Los Angeles, Adams had eight receptions (13 targets) for 75 yards. He also had a season-high five red zone targets.
Austin Ekeler anytime touchdown scorer (+160)
With the Chargers starting Easton Stick for the rest of the season, Ekeler’s production could go down in the passing game. However, they will need Ekeler to be a factor on the ground as they try to make things easy for the former North Dakota standout.
Ekeler scored his fifth rushing touchdown of the season in last week’s loss to the Broncos. The veteran running back has received seven red zone rushing attempts in the Chargers’ last four games.
The Raiders’ defense has not been great against the run (127.4 yards per game allowed). Las Vegas has also allowed 10 rushing touchdowns to opposing running backs this season. Ekeler did not play in the first meeting in Week 4, so hopefully, he provides a spark out of the backfield.
Gerald Everett anytime touchdown scorer (+400)
I’ll take a shot on Everett’s anytime touchdown prop for our last play. The veteran tight end has received at least one red zone target in three straight games. Everett has scored one TD in the past five games. But he’s seen 17 targets over the last three games.
The Raiders’ defense has done a good job keeping opposing tight ends out of the end zone (three touchdowns allowed). However, they are ranked 25th in DVOA-TE, per ftnfantasty.com, so maybe there’s a chance he will find the end zone.
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