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NFL Week 5 Picks: San Diego Chargers vs Oakland Raiders Odds

by Alonzo Simmons on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

NFL Week 5 Picks on the San Diego Chargers vs Oakland Raiders Odds: The San Diego Chargers will look to get their first win away from home of the season as they take on the Oakland Raiders in an AFC West battle this Sunday at 4:15 PM ET. The Chargers vs. Raiders NFL Point Spread have the Chargers -6 at SBGglobal.com

Active ImageThe Chargers destroyed the Arizona Cardinals 41-7 last week with an impressive performance by Antonio Gates and Phillip Rivers as the both combined for the two passing TDs San Diego´s had on that day. So far Rivers has the 5th best quarterback rating in the league and has become the true leader for this offense and obviously Gates has become his best target.

Rivers and this offense will face Nnamdi Asomugha, one of the best cornerbacks in the game and the third best defense in the league against the pass this week. Before you start thinking the Chargers will get shutdown by the Raiders defense consider Oakland is the second worse unit stopping the run, so I would expect a lot from Ryan Mathews and Mike Tolbert this weekend. Tolbert ran for 100 yards last week and one scored, Mathews added 55 yards and one TD also against the Cardinals.

As the Raiders defense tries to stop the Chargers on Sunday, the offense will try to establish the run with RB Darren McFadden. Oakland is the sixth best rushing offense in the league but if they don't stop San Diego they need to start throwing the ball and that will only mean getting away from plan A (run, run, run).

Remember this rivalry has become a one sided in the last few years as the Chargers have won the last 13 meetings. Last season the Chargers beat 24-20 in a thriller game at the opening week, to then beat them again 24-16 at San Diego a couple of months later. Consider also San Diego is 14-4 against the spread versus Oakland since 1992.

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