- Teams: Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders
- Date: Thursday, December 14. 2023
- Location: Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV
- Time: 8:15 p.m. ET
- How to Watch: Prime Video
The Week 15 Thursday Night Football game is a rematch of a Week 4 matchup between two AFC West teams looking to make it to .500 on the 2023 NFL season. That game pits the Los Angeles Chargers against the Las Vegas Raiders in Las Vegas. In Week 4, the Chargers downed the Raiders 24-17 at home. Here is some background on the Chargers and Raiders before we look at the early betting odds, tips, and predictions for their Week 15 matchup.
The Los Angeles Chargers (5-7) are tied for last place in the AFC East with the Raiders. The Chargers have not had a great year. The team’s longest winning streak is two games, something they have done twice this year. As of this writing, Los Angeles is 1-3, having won their Week 13 matchup against the New England Patriots 6-0.
The Las Vegas Raiders are also 5-7 on the year. They too have struggled in 2023. Like the Chargers, the Raiders have two winning streaks of two games this season. The team is coming off a two consecutive losses in Weeks 11 and 12 before their bye week in Week 13.
Before we look at the early betting breakdown for Week 15’s Thursday Night Football contest between the Los Angeles Chargers and Las Vegas Raiders, check out our best Super Bowl betting tips and the top betting sites for NFL football in 2023.
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders betting picks
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Los Angeles Chargers betting breakdown
The Chargers offense has been effective over the past three games. After dropping a 41-38 game to the Detroit Lions in Week 10, the Chargers scored 20 points against Green Bay, 10 opposite Baltimore and six against the Patriots. That’s not going to get things done against most teams. Fortunately for the Chargers, the Raiders are not most teams, as they are near the bottom of the AFC in points scored (202) and points differential (-54).
The Chargers were once one of the highest-scoring teams in the league, but with the anemic scoring the past three weeks, that is no longer the case, as their 31 total touchdowns rank ninth in the NFL.
I’d look for quarterback Justin Herbert to have a bounce-back performance against the Raiders, as long as his receivers can hold on to the ball, as the receiving corps had six dropped passes against the Packers and five against the Patriots.
Las Vegas Raiders betting breakdown
The Las Vegas Raiders have been a better team since interim head coach Antonio Pierce took over ahead of their Week 9 game against the NY Giants, but the team has still struggled, going 2-2 since then. The Raiders head into Week 15 with losses to the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs in their past two games.
The Raiders are looking back at 2021 heading into this week. That was the year the team dropped to 6-7 after a loss to the Chiefs. The team then went 4-0 in its next four games to make it to the playoffs.
Vegas has been inconsistent this year, the defense is in the bottom half of the league, and the team’s total offense is the fourth worst in the league, and the team’s average of 16.8 points per game is the sixth lowest total in the NFL. The Raiders have only scored more than 20 points in a game twice this season.
A win over the Chargers is doable for the Raiders, but it’s hard to bet on a team who has struggled as much as Las Vegas in 2023.
Best bets for NFL Week 15: Los Angeles Chargers vs. Las Vegas Raiders
The Chargers have been struggling a bit as of late, but they are a better team than the Raiders, and therefore, the betting pick is for the Chargers to beat the Raiders in Week 15.
Best bet for Week 15: Los Angeles Chargers to beat Las Vegas Raiders.
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