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Raiders-Chargers: Best prop bets, can Zamir White get his first NFL touchdown?

Josh Jacobs’ status is in question, so the second-year back should get more touches

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With just four weeks left in the season, both the Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers are hobbling into this Week 15 matchup on Thursday Night Football. Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert has been ruled out for the rest of the season after having surgery on his broken finger, and the Raiders are dealing with injuries to key players like Maxx Crosby, Josh Jacobs and Kolton Miller.

All of that will impact Silver and Black Pride’s best prop bets which are listed below and the odds are courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook. Kickoff is set for 5:15 p.m. PT on Thursday and the game will air on Amazon Prime.

Raiders vs. Chargers Best Prop Bets

Zamir White, anytime TD (+170)

As mentioned above, Jacobs is dealing with a quad injury that he suffered during last Sunday’s game against the Vikings which caused him to leave the contest around the midway point of the fourth quarter. Antonio Pierce didn’t rule the running back out on Monday, but Pierce gave more of a “we'll see” type of response that also didn’t inspire confidence that Jacobs will be ready to go with the quick turnaround. For what it’s worth, Sports Injury Central’s analysis of the injury is that shouldn’t be long-term but the back is “likely a longshot to play Thursday”.

All of that lines up for a great opportunity for Zamir White to get extra touches and make a name for himself on a national stage. White hasn’t scored a touchdown yet in his two NFL seasons (27 games) but he also only has 43 total touches while playing second fiddle to Jacobs. However, the 2022 fourth-round pick should set a career-high for carries on Thursday and the Chargers have allowed eight rushing touchdowns—tied for the 11th-most in the NFL—and a receiving touchdown to running backs so far this year.

Neither team scores 20 or more points (+140)

The Raiders are coming off of an outing where they were shutout and the Chargers weren’t much better, putting up just seven points against the Broncos last weekend. Also, backup quarterback Easton Stick is expected to make his first NFL start with Herbert sidelined, so this should be a low-scoring affair. This is a plus-money bet and the total is only set at 34 points, meaning this feels like a pretty good deal.

Michael Mayer, over 20.5 receiving yards (-110)

The Chargers haven’t been great against tight ends this season as they’re giving up a little more than 60 receiving yards per game to the position as a whole. They’ve also surrendered more than 20 yards to 12 different tight ends on the campaign. Meanwhile, Michael Mayer has been a bigger factor in the Raiders’ offense compared to the last time these two teams played and has logged over 20 yards in two out of the last three games. So, that number feels pretty attainable and it might only take one catch for the over to hit.