Thursday Night Football: Week 10 Preview

Thursday Night Football has 2 teams on the brink of sneaking into the playoffs facing off tonight. We have the Chargers traveling to the Black Hole to face the Rrrrrrrraiders (in my best Chris Berman impersonation). Will Week 10 be the launchpad for either of these teams to get on a hot streak? Let’s find out!

Los Angelas Chargers at Oakland Raiders

RingCentral Coliseum

Oakland, CA

Betting

Both of these teams are great against the run so I like the UNDER (+115) on Josh Jacobs rushing yards total of 83.5 yards. Also, there is an amazing trend that favors the home team on Thursday Night Football games as the season gets later into the year. The exact trend can be found at OddsShark which is why I like the Raiders +1.5 on the spread at -105. Lastly, neither team has been lighting up the scoreboard recently which makes me lean to the UNDER an unusually high total of 48.5 points (-110).

Injuries

The Raiders will take the field relatively healthy on Thursday Night Football. On Offense, kick returner/receiver Dwayne Harris is questionable alongside starting lineman Rodney Hudson and Trent Brown. Missing lineman versus one of the Bosa brothers is never a good sign, so hopefully for Derek Carr’s sake his big-men play. On defense, Arden Key and Josh Mauro are listed as out but they are simply depth lineman at this point in the season.

Rodney Hudson via Jeffrey Beall for Thursday Night Football Week 10
Rodney Hudson via Jeffrey Beall

As for the Chargers, their defense is hurting badly entering Thursday Night Football. On the D-line, Justin Jones and Cortez Broughton are listed as OUT while Brandon Mebane is questionable. But not only them, Denzel Perryman and Roderic Teamer are questionable and doubtful respectfully. Lastly, on offense, Justin Jackson and Geremy Davis are doubtful to play which leaves the Chargers thin at receivers and rushers. Also, Sam Tevi is questionable which could cause a problem for Philip Rivers’s blindside. 

Brandon Mebane via Jeffrey Beall for Thursday Night Football Week 10
Brandon Mebane via Jeffrey Beall

Raiders Offense vs. Chargers Defense

The Raiders can run the ball. That’s my analysis of this Oakland offense. But seriously, Carr has played decently but when comparing him to other NFL QB’s his play is just kinda “bleh” if that makes sense. Josh Jacobs is this Raiders offense and when teams key on him, Carr dumps the ball off to Darren Waller or the emerging Hunter Renfrow. Unfortunately for them, they face off against one of the better defenses in the NFL this season, the Chargers. A defense that emphasizes the pass-rush and the ability to field multiple shut-down defensive backs which cause problems for any offense. I believe Bosa will get at least 1 sack tonight, maybe more if both linemen listed as questionable for the Raiders sit, and Casey Heyward to get 1 INT.

Derek Carr via Keith Allison for Thursday Night Football Week 10
Derek Carr via Keith Allison

Chargers Offense vs. Raiders Defense

Are you ready for a standard Chargers game, meaning the game will be low-scoring and come down to a final couple of possessions? Well, that’s what we’re going to get once again! Despite having some of the most talented weapons in football surrounding Philip Rivers, the Chargers struggle to move the ball and score points. It is truly baffling how Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry, Mike Williams, Melvin Gordon, and Austin Ekeler are not setting boxscores ablaze. The Chargers have struggled with running the ball more than passing which actually hurts both facets of the offense. If teams cannot establish the run, then why would defenses not simply play in their Nickle or Dime defense all game long? I expect a big game for Karl Joseph tonight on Thursday Night Football as he’ll have to prevent any big passing plays that could break this game open. 

Keenan Allen via Jeffrey Beall for Thursday Night Football Week 10
Keenan Allen via Jeffrey Beall

Prediction

Chargers: 17

Raiders: 24

Guaranteed Touchdown Scorer: Keenan Allen

Dart Throw Touchdown Scorer: Foster Moreau

Conclusion

An AFC West showdown on Thursday Night Football is about to kickoff, who do you have winning tonight? Let me know in the comments below! Also, check out the shop and other content by clicking here.

-Mitchell Seefeldt

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