Oakland Hosts San Diego in Christmas Eve NFL Showdown

Santa Claus will bring one of two AFC West rivals a present Christmas Eve when the Oakland Raiders host the San Diego Chargers on NFL Thursday Night Football.

 

This could be the last game San Diego and Oakland will meet will in opposite cities as both are looking to relocate to Carson, California and share a stadium.

That is still uncertain, but what is certain is cornerback back Charles Woodson for the Raiders will make his last home start, as this week the 18-year veteran announced he would call it quits at the end of this season.

San Diego ended its losing skid at five straight games with its 30-14 win against Miami last weekend. The game was their last home game of the season and could be the final time they play in Qualcomm Stadium.

Oakland is coming off a tough loss at the hands of Green Bay 30-20. The Raiders have currently lost three straight at home while being outscored 94-55.

Oakland held the Packers last week to 293 total yards, but quarterback Derek Carr threw a pick six. That turnover helped the Packers in their 10-point win.

This will be the 13th straight season Oakland misses the postseason even though they have already doubled their number of wins from last season with two still to play.

Amari Cooper the rookie wide receiver for Oakland passed the 1,000-yard mark receiving with his 6 receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns versus Green Bay.

The first time the two teams met Oakland races out to a 37-6 lead in the third quarter, only to have San Diego score 23 unanswered points but fell short as the Raiders held on 37-29.

Carr hit 24 of his 31 passes that day with three touchdown passes.

San Diego is led by Philip Rivers their talented quarterback who threw for three touchdowns during the fourth quarter the first time the teams met in October.

Latest Line: San Diego Chargers vs Oakland Raiders

The current line has Oakland as 5.5-point chalk at home, while the over/under point total is 46.5.

San Diego

4-10 Straight Up, 6-8 Against the Spread,

On the road: 1-5 SU and 4-2 ATS

Oakland

6-8 SU and 7-7 ATS

At home: 2-5 SU and ATS

Pick: Oakland looks too strong on both sides of the ball for San Diego in this one. Santa’s gift will have the Raiders name on it.

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