Free Sunday NFL Week 6 Picks: Chargers vs Raiders (10/12/14)

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San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders

Date and Time: Sunday, 10/12/14 at 4:05pm on CBS

Game Line: San Diego Chargers -7.5 (from WagerWeb)

Over/Under: 43.5

San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders Sunday NFL Football Analysis:  Despite losing three centers and two running backs in the last five weeks, the San Diego Chargers have continued to plug holes and win games. Philip Rivers and the banged up San Diego Chargers visit the winless Oakland Raiders who make their debut under interim coach Tony Sparano.  San Diego could be starting their fourth center after Doug Legursky went down with a knee injury in last Sunday’s 31-0 win over the Jets.  Rookie Chris Watt filled in for four plays last week while they’ve been signing players off practice squads to help fill the gap.  Coach Mike McCoy’s squad also lost another running back after Donald Brown sustained a concussion last weekend.  Starter Ryan Mathews has yet to return from a sprained MCL in week 2.  Undrafted rookie Branden Oliver helped boost the attack with 19 carries for a career-high 114 yards and a score against the Jets. He added four catches for 68 yards and a touchdown.  San Diego added some needed depth this week by bringing back Ronnie Brown.  The 10 year veteran, who played 30 games for the Chargers from 2012-13, appeared in three with Houston before being released last week.  Though the offense has been shorthanded, San Diego has outscored opponents 116-45 during the winning streak. They rank sixth with 29.0 points and ninth with 389.0 yards per game since Week 2.  Rivers has certainly played at a high level over that span, completing 73.6 percent of his passes for an average of 301.3 yards with 11 touchdowns and one interception. He’s thrown for an average of 345.8 yards in his last four road games against the Raiders.  The Chargers, who have won eight of their last nine regular season games, haven’t won five in a row since an 11 game run on the way to their last AFC West title in 2009.  The Raiders fired coach Dennis Allen following a 38-14 loss to Miami in London that gave them four straight defeats to open a season for the first time since 2006. They replaced him with Sparano heading into their bye week.  Rookie quarterback Derek Carr appears likely to return after leaving the London game with left ankle and knee injuries. He was 16 of 25 for 146 yards with one touchdown and one interception, giving him at least one pick in the last three games.  Sparano has promised a commitment to the run game, where Oakland ranks last with an average of 61.5 yards.  The combination of McFadden and Jones-Drew getting back on track will be the key to the Raiders keeping this game close on Sunday.

Sunday NFL Week 6 San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders Free Picks: Oakland Raiders +7.5 and under 43.5

San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders Game Prediction: 21-17 Chargers

What to expect in this Week 6 NFL Football match up: The Oakland Raiders will come out rejuvenated and motivated under Tony Sparano.  His dedication to defense and the running game, which the Raiders should have been focusing on since week 1, will keep them in this game.  Branden Oliver is an undrafted rookie and might just be a flash in the pan big game against a weak Jets defense.  The combination of the regime change in Oakland, the injuries of the Chargers, the touchdown spread in a divisional game and the return of Derek Carr and we’ll take our chances that the Raiders stay in this game.

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