Raiders vs. Chargers NFL Week 16: TV Schedule, Betting Lines, Prediction
TV Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 22, 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium
Weather: High 68, Low 47
Line: San Diego (-10)
Still having a chance to make the playoffs in 2013, the San Diego Chargers are looking to make a solid push in the final two games in order to ensure that they will be contending for a Super Bowl. Philip Rivers has had a resurgent season, passing for 4,048 yards and 28 touchdowns while hitting rookie wide out 63 times for 931 yards and seven touchdowns. Tight end Antonio Gates is second on the team in receiving with 70 catches for 799 yards and three touchdowns. Ryan Matthews has had a solid season on the ground for the 15th-ranked rushing offense, accounting for 1,012 yards and five touchdowns.
On the other side of the field, the Oakland Raiders have been as mediocre as everyone had expected they would be at the beginning of the season. Terrelle Pryor was once the starting quarterback of the team, but an injury set him out of the starting lineup and rookie Matt McGloin took over. McGloin has passed for 1,341 yards and eight touchdowns with seven interceptions in five career starts and six career games. Rod Streater leads all receivers with 54 catches for 846 yards and three touchdowns while Denarius Moore is second with 39 catches for 615 yards and five scores. Rashad Jennings has taken over the sixth-best rushing attack in the league with 679 yards and six scores.
Defensively, the Chargers have been extremely mediocre this season. San Diego ranks 25th in total yards allowed and 29th in passing yards allowed per game while the scoring defense in 10th-best in the NFL. Oakland has been just a bit better, ranking 18th in total yards allowed and 24th in passing yards allowed while also ranking 29th in points allowed per game.
PREDICTION: Raiders 17, Chargers 21
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