Chargers vs Raiders 2010 NFL predictions, NFL Picks & Vegas Betting Odds

oakland-raiders-fansChargers vs Raiders 2010 NFL predictions, NFL Picks & Vegas Betting Odds: Will the real San Diego Chargers please stand-up? The Chargers, with a 2-2 NFL picks record, have confounded Vegas bettors all NFL predictions season. San Diego is 0-2 against the Vegas spread on the road while dropping both NFL predictions contests to supposedly inferior teams and have dominated at home. In week 5 of the NFL picks schedule, San Diego is once again on the road vs. the Oakland Raiders (1-3). Once again, Vegas odds makers have installed the Chargers as NFL picks road favorites at -6½(-110) points.

As a team, the Chargers are in the top ten in all the major offensive and defensive statistical categories, including third in passing yardage and fourth in pass defense this NFL predictions season. Philip Rivers has 9 touchdown passes and a quarterback rating of 102.8 while Mike Tolbert has given the team an unexpected lift in the ground game. Defensively, San Diego has forced 10 turnovers, including 7 interceptions, 2 by cornerback Antoine Cason. Yet, the team is 2-2. Special teams was a problem in their week one NFL picks loss to the Chiefs, and, against Seattle, the team again gave-up two long kick-off returns for touchdowns. The Raiders have two dangerous return men in Jacoby Ford and Johnnie Lee Higgins so look for that hidden yardage as a key to the week 5 NFL predictions contest.

Oakland, meanwhile, has struggled to win the close game. They have lost their past two games by a combined 8 points and have beat the Vegas spread in every game but their opening NFL picks loss to Tennessee. Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski has taken over as the starting quarterback and, though he has thrown for 4 touchdowns, he also has 5 interceptions and takes too many sacks. Darren McFadden has blossomed at running back, averaging nearly 100 yards per game, but is injured and his status is in question for the game. Without McFadden, look for untested Michael Bush to play a big role in Sunday’s contest.

San Diego has dominated this NFL betting odds series, winning the past 13 games, and there is a real question of whether Oakland’s offense can hang with the Chargers. Of course, if San Diego self-destructs on special teams again, that won’t much matter.

Look for San Diego to continue their dominance over Oakland, covering the Vegas spread, even on the road.

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