Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) throws during the second half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

MNF Raiders vs Chargers, Best Bets/Props

Patrick Werkmeister

After wiping last Monday night’s game from my memory, these picks are primed to do way better for this contest. In this AFC West showdown, QB Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders will travel to Los Angeles to battle against quarterback Justin Herbert and the Chargers. Both squads enter this game as one of the few undefeated teams left, so there is a lot on the line. While the Chargers delivered a statement 30-24 win over the Chiefs, the Raiders have yet to secure a victory that is worth putting on their resume. Here are the plays I like for this edition of MNF.

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Chargers (-3)
The opening line for this matchup favored the Chargers by three points and that spread has stayed the same. Despite their current record, Las Vegas is 3-6 ATS in their last 9 games. Meanwhile, Los Angeles has been outstanding SU and ATS where they are 6-1 ATS in their previous 7. Although the Raiders are off to a hot undefeated start, in their game last week against the Dolphins, they barely scraped by with an overtime win. The Dolphins offense and backup QB Jacoby Brissett seemed to move the ball at will against them, which is not a good sign going into this match versus an electric Chargers offense. Their struggles last game could be a sneak preview into this week vs the Super Bowl contending Chargers team. Last week, the LA defense was able to limit perhaps the best offense ever to just 24 points. If the Raiders are hoping for a victory in this one, they will have to drop at least 40 or hold LA under three TDs to pull it off. Take LA to not only cover this margin but possibly blowout this overrated Las Vegas team.

Austin Ekeler Over 34.5 Receiving Yards
Now that Austin Ekeler has fully recovered from an injury early in the season, he should be able to pass this mark in his sleep. With back-to-back weeks of at least 50 yards in both rushing and receiving, Ekeler has been on a tear for fantasy leagues with PPR format. He’s averaging almost 8 receptions per game with his number of targets in the double digits. Ekeler has been a master of the checkdown since he came into the league. For his career, Ekeler has more receiving yards than rushing yards, which should tell you something right there. Whether it’s running routes or being a check down option, it is evident that his role has been more of a receiver than a running back. Additionally, the Raiders defense has been very generous in allowing receptions for running backs. Take Austin to pass this surprisingly low total for his receiving.

Darren Waller Anytime TD (+115)
Despite having difficulties finding the end zone in his last pair of games, Darren Waller is long overdue to have at least a touchdown in this one. Although he’s been on a 2-game scoreless streak, his production has not faltered in the slightest. In three games, he already has 20 catches and nearly 300 yards receiving. With nine total touchdowns in 2020, he is one of Derek Carr’s favorite targets. At the current rate he is targeted, he is projected to have 176 balls thrown his way this season, the most ever for a tight end. Waller should be very busy after the big stat line the Chargers gave up to Travis Kelce last week. At odds of +115, this prop has exceptional value given he is due for a score. Take him to  catch one in the end zone for what should be a big day for him.

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