The second game on Monday Night Football, Monday Sept 10th, features two AFC West teams butting heads, as the Oakland Raiders host the San Diego Chargers. The Raiders have won three of their last five meetings with the Chargers, but only one of them was on home soil. Here is the NFL Point Spreads 2012 Week 1 Monday Night Football Game. NFL sportsbooks have the Raiders as -1 point home favorites over the Chargers with the over/under set at 46.5 points. We recommend you check out the latest NFL Point Spreads heading into the first week of the 2012 NFL season.
San Diego had a rough offseason, complete with injuries and more injuries. Ryan Mathews had a stellar, sunshine-filled offseason showing … right until his first preseason carry, when he broke his clavicle. Follow that up with Vincent Brown, San Diego’s impressive second-year receiver, breaking his ankle, and you begin to ponder the obvious: Is their any body else that can help Philip Rivers?
To have a successful season, the Chargers could use an improved performance from Philip Rivers. The four-time Pro Bowl quarterback topped 4,000 yards for the fourth straight season in 2011 but also had a career-high 20 interceptions. One of Rivers’ top targets, Vincent Jackson, left for Tampa Bay, so San Diego will try to replace him with Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem. Rivers’ other favorite target, tight end Antonio Gates, is back for his 10th season with the Chargers.
Rivers threw for three TDs in the last meeting as the Chargers overcame Palmer’s 417 yards, second-most of his career behind a 440-yard effort against San Diego in 2006 while with Cincinnati.
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Oakland hasn’t posted a winning record or made the playoffs since reaching the Super Bowl after the 2002 season. Having quarterback Carson Palmer for a full season could help, as could a healthier Darren McFadden. Palmer threw for 2,753 yards and 13 touchdowns in 10 games. Darren McFadden ran for more than 1,100 yards the previous season, but was limited to seven games in 2011 because of a foot injury. He hasn’t played in all 16 games in any of his four NFL seasons.
Wide receiver Jacoby Ford won’t play in the regular-season opener, the Raiders confirmed Saturday. Ford hasn’t practiced since he suffered a left foot injury against the Arizona Cardinals in an exhibition game Aug. 17. Coach Dennis Allen held out hope that Ford might recover in time for the opener Monday night against the San Diego Chargers.
Ford’s absence leaves the Raiders with only three receivers at 100 percent — Darrius Heyward-Bey, recently signed Derek Hagan and rookie Rod Streater. Projected starter Denarius Moore just returned from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for a little more than a month, and rookie Juron Criner still is recovering from an ankle injury.
For now, it seems logical that Heyward-Bey and Moore will be the starters, with Streater and Hagan getting a fair amount of playing time.
Recent Head to Head Trends to Consider:
Over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Oakland.
Chargers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 meetings in Oakland.
Road team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Chargers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
Underdog is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 meetings.
San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders
When: Monday, September 10, 2012@10:15 PM ET
Pick: Raiders -1
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