LA Chargers over OAKLAND by 1
Is there a chance for either of these AFC West disappointments to make a U-turn and land a playoff spot? Perhaps. In Marc’s USA TODAY SPORTS WEEKLY column this week, he points out the fact that over the past 10 seasons, a total of 23 teams with losing records through Game Five of the season managed to make the playoffs, including Detroit, Miami, and the New York Giants last year. Interestingly, 4 teams started the season 1-4 and found their way to the postseason, including Kansas City who started 1-5 in 2015 and then went 10-0 to conclude the regular season. For that to happen, both teams will have to overcome some ugly numbers here today. The Chargers are 0-10 ATS following a non-division away game against foes coming off a home game, and 1-7 ATS with a losing record when coming off consecutive NFC games. Meanwhile, the Raiders are just 5-24 ATS at home versus sub .500 division opponents, and an even uglier as home favorites versus sub .500 division opponents. The separator, though is the quadruple-revenge factor in this contest as the Bolts are with quadruple division revenge, while the Black-and-Silver stands a mere
against quadruple avenging opponents. We’ll buy into the latter, especially if Derek Carr somehow returns, fractured back and all.