After another profitable Monday night last week it's time to take a look at an AFC West clash between two sides who look like they could mount a serious challenge to divisional kings the Kansas City Chiefs.
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When: October 4th, 2021 - 01:15 (BST)
Where: SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles
How to watch: NFL Game Pass / Sky Sports NFL
(Text odds are correct at the time of publication)
Background: Las Vegas Raiders @ Los Angeles Chargers
SoFi Stadium hosts its second game in as many days as the unbeaten Las Vegas Raiders head to the City of Angels to face the Los Angeles Chargers.
And after playing second fiddle to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs for what has only been three years but must feel like a decade, both sides are looking to step out of the shadows and into the bright lights of AFC West relevance.
The hosts are 2-1 thanks to a statement victory over the Chiefs last week and with Justin Herbert performing at a high level, ably assisted by wide receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, the Bolts are averaging two touchdowns a game.
Conceding 28 points against a bang-average Dolphins offense was not a good sign that the Raiders can handle Herbert and company, so we're pretty high on the Chargers' chances of putting some serious points on the board.
Speaking of which, the Raiders are 3-0 after a trio of impressive victories against the Ravens, Steelers and Dolphins, scoring 33, 26 and 31 points respectively against defences that were considered to be among the better ones in the league.
Las Vegas has four receivers with over 200 receiving yards and with running back Josh Jacobs set to return from injury their offence will have a far more balanced look about it.
However, the Chargers pass defence ranks eighth in the NFL in terms of receiving yards allowed, and that could be the difference on Monday night.
And with both teams so evenly matched we're expecting a SoFi shootout and with the Raiders forced into some late-game heroics in two out of their last three games it could go right down to the wire once again, with whoever has the ball last winning.
Quarterback Matchup: Justin Herbert vs Derek Carr
Rookie quarterbacks have struggled this season but Justin Herbert proved in 2020 that an inexperienced signal caller is no barrier to success, putting together a stellar campaign that saw him rewarded with the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
This time around Herbert has picked up right where he left off, throwing for 956 yards in three games to rank fifth in yardage among all quarterbacks heading into Week 4.
Last time out Herbert was in sizzling form as the Chargers earned a statement win at the Chiefs, completing 26 of 38 passes for 281 yards and a touchdown, and more importantly no turnovers.
The former Oregon man is blessed with a missile launcher for an arm, a knack for making plays outside of the box and athleticism that has contributed to him being sacked just five times this season, and stopping him will be priority one for the Raiders defence at SoFi Stadium.
Leading the Raiders will be the newly-crowned AFC Offensive Player of the Month Derek Carr, and it's a title he thoroughly deserves after a stellar start to the season.
Carr had more passing yards than any other quarterback heading into Week 4, throwing for 1203 yards and six touchdowns with just two interceptions.
Carr has also engineered game-winning overtime drives in two out of their three games this season, and last week against the Dolphins his 34-yard throw to Bryan Edwards set up the Raiders for the winning field goal at Allegiant Stadium.
Keenan Allen - Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers wide receiver has either recorded 100 yards or scored a touchdown in all three games so far and his reliability has been a massive factor in Justin Herbert's success both this season and last.
And against a below-average Raiders secondary Allen should be in the thick of the action once again on Monday night.
Derwin James - Los Angeles Chargers
Chargers safety Derwin James looks set to have the unenviable task of covering star tight end Darren Waller, but he was in good form against the Chiefs and has every chance of keeping Waller quiet.
Josh Jacobs - Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs is set to return from an ankle injury that has kept him out for two games, and his comeback will be a welcome one as the Raiders have struggled to run the ball in his absence.
In the game he did play on the opening weekend, Jacobs scored two touchdowns and if he can stay on the field he could have himself a day against a Chargers run defence ranking dead last in yards conceded, shipping an average of 170 yards per game.
Darren Waller - Las Vegas Raiders
LA are strong in the secondary but when it comes to yards allowed to tight ends through the air, they rank 25th in the league.
And in Darren Waller the Raiders have a player who can take full advantage, as the tight end has already amassed 224 yards on a massive 33 targets through three games.
December 17th, 2020: Los Angeles Chargers 30 @ Las Vegas Raiders 27
Justin Herbert's brilliant season became a record-breaking campaign in Week 15 against the Raiders, when he broke the rookie record with his seventh 300-yard game.
Herbert also scored the decisive touchdown to secure an overtime victory, driving his side 75 yards before scrambling for a 1-yard score to end a run of three straight losses against the Raiders.
November 8th, 2020: Las Vegas Raiders 31 @ Los Angeles Chargers 26
File this one under "Heartbreaking loss for the Chargers" as Justin Herbert thought he had won a tight game for the hosts with just one second to go, only to see a touchdown catch by Donald Parham Jr overturned.
The Raiders owed their win to Mike Williams and Kennan Allen, who combined for 184 yards through the air as their team moved to 5-3, while the Chargers were left only with a 2-6 record and a sad feeling of what could have been!
December 22nd, 2019: Oakland Raiders 24 @ Los Angeles Chargers 17
This game was not only the Chargers' last at their San Diego home before relocating to LA, but the final game these teams would play before the Oakland Raiders made their own move to Las Vegas.
And it was the visitors who kept their slim playoff hopes alive thanks to a strong performance from Derek Carr, who threw for almost 300 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions, and Hunter Renfrow, who hauled in 107 reception yards and found the end zone once.
The Raiders would go on to lose their final game of the season, meaning this match was also destined to live forever in sports quizzes as the final time the Oakland Raiders tasted victory in the NFL.