It might only be Week Four, but the upcoming Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers game already has a playoff-type of feel to it. The Raiders are currently tied for first place in the AFC West with a 3-0 record, and the Chargers are only a game behind them at 2-1.
With what’s expected to be a tight divisional race throughout the season, these early interdivisional matchups will play a big factor in what the postseason picture looks like come January. In other words, consider Monday Night Football the first “must-win” game for the Silver and Black.
The good news is NFL Network’s Cynthia Frelund is projecting a 28-27 Raiders victory in Los Angeles.
For those that are unaware, Frelund has developed a statistical model to make NFL predictions using a mathematical concept called Game Theory, which evaluates all of the potential decisions and outcomes that could be made during a game to come up with projection.
Frelund is 526-267-4 (66.3 percent win rate) on her projections since 2017, and she’s 31-15 (67.4 percent win rate) when picking games this season. So, that should give Raider fans a nice boost of confidence heading into Monday night.
The analyst also projects that Las Vegas has a 54 percent over covering the +3.5 point spread currently set by DraftKings Sportsbook. For those wondering, her model has the Chiefs beating the Eagles 29-21 and the Broncos losing to the Ravens 24-21. That would make for a good but not quite perfect weekend for the Raiders as they’d sit alone at the top of the division, but of course, a Kansas City loss would be a nice cherry on top.
The numbers are in the Silver and Black’s favor so hopefully, the game goes as expected.
In other Raiders’ links:
- Raiders release Friday injury report: the only changes from Thursday were Nate Hobbs and Solomon Thomas were full participants in practice.
- Know the enemy: get some inside info on the Chargers ahead of Monday night with our five questions article and Behind Enemy Lines podcast
- Carr says LA is another home game: as the kids say, “he’s speaking facts”
- Edwards elite on contested catches: Pro Football Focus recently tweeted out their highest-graded wide receivers on contested targets with the Raiders’ wideout coming in at #1 (93.1), ahead of Terry McLaurin (91.4) and DJ Moore (91.3).