|Written by Michelle Allan|
Bet on the NFLNFL football odds will include an AFC west traditional rivalry football betting matchup as the second game of the Monday Night Football doubleheader. NFL football odds have opened with the visiting San Diego Chargers as 9 point favorites over the Oakland Raiders with an over/under football betting total of 43.
Before anyone writes off the Raiders against the NFL football odds, however, keep in mind that the San Diego Chargers have stumbled badly out of the football betting gate in each of their first two seasons under head coach Norv Turner and are facing another online betting distraction with the arrest of linebacker Shawne Merriman, who was accused of beating and choking his girlfriend, reality TV star Tequila.
Last year the Chargers did cover the NFL football odds in both of their matchups against the Raiders. In fact San Diego has been a virtual ATM machine against the NFL football odds versus Oakland with 11 payoffs in their last 12 head to head meetings. San Diego has also been effective against the NFL football odds in AFC west division action with just 7 losses in their last 32 divisional games against the spread.
The Chargers are loaded on offense and are led by super star quarterback Philip Rivers, who compiled a 105.5 quarterback rating last year with a 65% completion ratio, 4009 yards, and 34 touchdown passes with just 11 interceptions. The big problem for San Diego against the NFL football odds last year was their defense, which ranked 25th overall in yards allowed. The arrest of Merriman does little to install confidence in San Diego’s defense against the NFL football odds. Defensive coordinator Ron Rivera was charged with improving the unit and the preseason results were impressive as San Diego ranked 5th best in yards allowed and 7th best in points allowed.
The Oakland Raiders had their share of preseason controversy starting with head coach Tom Cable being accused of shattering the jaw of an assistant coach. JaMarcus Russell will have a firm hold on the starting quarterback position against the NFL football odds as challenger Jeff Garcia was waived. While expectations are low for Oakland there is a new found enthusiasm amongst the players and a win over the Chargers would jump start the entire franchise.