Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers will wrap up the NFL 2021 regular season with a Sunday evening clash. It’s going to be a hell of a battle for the playoffs spot, as the winner will secure the post-season ticket.
Las Vegas has improved its form, and after three straight wins, they hold their fate in the playoffs spot race. The home side is full of confidence, and they are just one step away from continuing their campaign. On the other hand, the Chargers bounced back with a win in the latest round, and they kept their chances to enter the Lombardi trophy battles.
Las Vegas Raiders – Can they enter the playoffs for the first time?
It seemed like the Raiders would follow the same scenario as in the previous seasons when they had a strong start and then failed to enter playoffs. However, the hosts booked three straight wins and got the chance to play a decider at the home ground. They are joint second in the AFC West with their upcoming rival, and the winner will clinch the post-season ticket. Las Vegas heads to this match after a 23-20 victory away to the Colts, where they held the rivals to 262 yards in the offense.
Derek Carr has passed for 4,618 yards this season, with 21 TDs and 14 interceptions, while he has been sacked 37 times. Josh Jacobs has contributed the most in the ground game with 740 yards and eight touchdowns, while Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber have combined for 466 rushing yards and two scores each. Hunter Renfrow leads the receiving department with 1,025 yards and seven touchdown receptions, while Darren Waller and Zay Jones have contributed with 510+ receiving yards each. On the other hand, Denzel Perryman dominates the defense with 145 total tackles, while Yannick Ngakoue sacked the opponent’s quarterbacks ten times.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Josh Jacobs, Hunter Renfrow, Bryan Edwards, Zay Jones, Foster Moreau, Sutton Smith, Kolton Miller, John Simpson, Andre James, Alex Leatherwood, Brandon Parker
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Maxx Crosby, Quinton Jefferson, Darius Philon, Yannick Ngakoue, Divine Deablo, Denzel Perryman, K.J. Wright, Brandon Facyson, Dallin Leavitt, Tre’von Moehrig, Casey Hayward Jr.
Quarter Back: Derek Carr
Kicker: Daniel Carlson
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Los Angeles Chargers – Will they celebrate a vital win?
The Chargers jeopardized their playoffs bid after two straight defeats, but they stayed in the game after beating the Broncos 34-13 in the latest round. Los Angeles also has a 9-7 record, and a win here would keep them in 2nd place. The Chargers utilized their 341 yards in the offense very well, scoring 34 points and securing a comfortable win. Justin Herbert led them to the victory by going for 237 yards through the air on 22-31 and finding the end zone twice.
The Chargers’ starting quarterback has thrown for 4,631 yards so far, with 35 touchdowns and 14 picks, while he has been sacked 28 times. Austin Ekeler has gained the most rushing yards for Los Angeles – 847 – followed by 11 TDs. Justin Jackson and Justin Herbert have produced 300+rushing yards each while finding the end zone five times. Keenan Allen and Mike Williams have dominated the receiving department with a combined 2,113 yards and 14 touchdown receptions, while Austin Ekeler chipped in with 612 receiving yards and seven scores. On defense, Kyzir White has a team-high 137 tackles, while Joey Bosa logged 9.5 sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Jalen Guyton, Stephen Anderson, Gabe Nabers, Rashawn Slater, Matt Feiler, Scott Quessenberry, Michael Schofield III, Storm Norton
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Jerry Tillery, Linval Joseph, Justin Jones, Joey Bosa, Nick Niemann, Kyzir White, Uchenna Nwosu, Chris Harris Jr., Derwin James Jr., Nasir Adderley, Michael Davis
Quarter Back: Justin Herbert
Kicker: Dustin Hopkins
Expert Pick #1 – Las Vegas Raiders +3 @-115
This game could easily go either way, but I believe the Raiders will give their best shot to enter the playoffs. Although the Chargers are a more talented team, I’ll back the hosts to cover the spread as the home underdogs, and that’s going to be my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 49.5 @-110
Los Angeles has been involved in many efficient matches this season, and the Over cashed in their last five games. Since the Chargers don’t have a very tight defense, I believe this encounter should go over a 49.5 margin. Give me the Over as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Raiders Over 22.5 @-130
The Raiders have been running hot and cold in the offense lately, but I expect them to be pretty productive against the Chargers, scoring at least 23 points. They produced 23 or more points eight times in the last 12 encounters against the Chargers, and I’ll take this one as the third pick at a bit lower odds.