FOX Sports’ Thursday Night Football Super 6: Playing for the playoffs
Thursday night features quite the AFC West clash … with playoff implications on the line. The Los Angeles Chargers (4-5) are one-half game behind the Oakland Raiders (5-5) … and if we add the in-state rivalry to the mix — well, folks, we’ve got ourselves a game!
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What do you say? Let’s get to those picks.
Who will catch or rush for the first touchdown?
The pick: Darren Waller
I’m going to go with Darren Waller, the Raiders tight end. He leads the team in targets and receptions. And remember: This Chargers run defense played lights out last week against Aaron Jones and the Packers. I think they bottle up Josh Jacobs — so expect Waller to get a lot of options … especially in the red zone.
How many points will be scored in the 1st quarter?
The pick: 10-14 points
Now I know a lot of people are saying, “Hey this could be a slow-down game” … maybe people are going to back the under. But I’m going the other way here, folks. These are two of the worst defenses in the league — both in the bottom six. I think both teams get off to an early, hot start … give me 10-14 points in the first quarter.
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How many completions will Philip Rivers have in the 1st half?
The pick: 10-12 completions
Don’t forget: We’ve seen this Raiders pass defense get shredded this season. Matthew Stafford lit them up, Aaron Rodgers did … everybody in the league is torching them. Oakland pass defense: They are just straight up not good. I think Rivers will get off to a good start — I’m picking 10-12 completions for Philip Rivers in the first half.
How will the first touchdown of the 3rd quarter be scored?
The pick: Chargers – passing
I’m hot on Philip Rivers and the passing game … I’m going with a Chargers passing touchdown here. In addition to the bad Raiders secondary, the Chargers have a new offensive coordinator. We saw a much faster offense last week against the Packers — good balance of running and passing. I think in the third quarter, they come out strong and get a passing touchdown.
How many touchdown passes for Derek Carr?
The pick: Two touchdown passes
Now this Oakland running game … very strong with rookie Josh Jacobs. But again, the Chargers have done well in recent weeks stopping the run. I’m going to go with Derek Carr heavy on the passing -— give me two touchdown throws for Derek Carr.
Who wins and by how many points?
The pick: Chargers by 6 or fewer
I just can’t get over the fact that the Raiders have just been beaten down by the Chargers … in the last seven games, the Chargers are 6-1 against the spread against Oakland. I think the Raiders are really going to struggle here to close out the game. I’m taking the Chargers to win by six or fewer points.
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