The Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers will square off in Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season, and we here at BetQL couldn't be more excited that the football season is finally upon us here in the next month or so. There is so much opportunity to make serious profits with NFL betting, and we're here to help you along the way make the best bets possible. Let's take a look at this matchup and figure out what might be the best bet for this Week 1 matchup. Los Angeles is currently a -3.5/-4 favorite at most sportsbooks over the Raiders, with a pretty hefty total that is sitting at 51.5/52. LA is -170 on the ML, while you can get +160 with Las Vegas.
The Raiders made a huge splash this offseason when they traded for superstar WR Davante Adams, who will instantly give Vegas a No. 1 threat down the field and in the red zone. Pairing him up with Derek Carr, who was his QB at Fresno State, gives the Raiders hope that their offense could be one of the most potent in the NFL. This game in Week 1 will be a rematch of the Week 18 thriller from last season that simultaneously ended the Chargers’ playoff hopes and sent the Raiders through to the playoffs. The NFL knows exactly what they are doing when it comes to drawing in ratings, and games like this will get everyone's attention quickly back into football. Los Angeles has a score to settle with the Raiders, and you know they still have that game in the back of their minds.
The Chargers have been on an upward ascension ever since Justin Herbert took over the offense in the second week of the 2020 campaign, and this year they have moved up even further. With the additions they have made this offseason, the Chargers are considered as a legitimate AFC West title threat with the second-best odds of +250. They’re projected at 10.5 wins at most books, and several LA players are featured as top candidates for major awards. None of this should be surprising to NFL fans, as the team has been building something fierce for years now, because they know they have a great young QB in Herbert.
This game against the Raiders will be about revenge. The location has changed, but the Chargers will be wanting to send Vegas to an 0-1 record to start their season after Week 18's overtime defeat last year that sent LA home. It's payback time, and I think they get the job done in Week 1.
Raiders at Chargers Week 1 Lean: Chargers -3.5
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