NFL betting picks: Best bets for Raiders vs Chargers
Zach Brunner provides his best NFL betting picks for Monday Night Football, including pass-catchers from both sides to score touchdowns.
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Derek Carr over 1.5 passing TDs -170
The Raiders have continued to be as efficient offensively as they were last season. They can move the ball against anyone, and this will continue on Monday Night Football. Derek Carr has passed for two touchdowns in each of the first three weeks.
Las Vegas has also run the ball 19 times and passed it 16 times in the red zone. They are passing it more often because running back Josh Jacobs is dealing with toe and ankle injuries. He may be active on Monday (currently questionable), but the Raiders may continue to pass more than usual in scoring territory since he’s less than 100 per cent.
Darren Waller anytime TD +125
If Carr is going to be throwing the football in the red zone, there is a good chance he will be targeting Darren Waller, his athletic tight end. Although the Chargers have played some talented tight ends, they have given up some solid performances to the position already this season, surrendering 19 receptions for 207 yards and two touchdowns.
Calling Waller the second-best receiving tight end in the NFL is an easy argument to make, so he is more than capable of scoring against anyone. With the Chargers already showing they can be beaten by the position, betting a Waller touchdown is smart. He also scored against the Chargers in both games last season.
Austin Ekeler over 4.5 receptions -160
Week 1 was a weird game for Austin Ekeler, as he did not see a single target in the passing game for the first time since 2018, but we can chalk it up as a fluke. Since then, he has posted reception totals of nine and six.
In a game that is expected to be competitive, Ekeler should be touching the ball quite a bit as both a runner and receiver.
Mike Williams second-half TD +240
Mike Williams has been a touchdown machine this season, scoring in every game. Three of his four touchdowns have come during the second half, with Herbert finally finding his big-bodied receiver later on.
There is little reason to think he can’t continue this trend. The Raiders’ secondary is improved, but not amazing. They have given up 27+ points twice this season, and the Chargers should be another team that can score well against them, with Williams one of the go-to weapons to do it.