As Week 4 of the NFL’s season approaches, there’s once again a fantastic slate of games to wager on. Each of the West Virginia online sportsbooks provides a wide range of betting markets for every game.
While there are plenty of options on Sunday, this week’s contest on Monday Night Football is intriguing once again.
This time around, the Los Angeles Chargers will battle the Las Vegas Raiders in a matchup of two quality AFC West teams.
Vegas is a surprising 3-0 and is tied with the Denver Broncos atop the division. The Raiders are one of five remaining unbeaten sides.
The Chargers look good as well, taking two of their first three this season. Their only loss came against Dallas in Week 2, but they bounced back nicely, earning a victory over the Chiefs on Sunday.
With Kansas City the only team sitting under .500, it’s safe to say taking this division will require a lot of wins. That makes Monday night’s meeting between the Chargers and Raiders that much more important.
Let’s examine the two rivals and how WV sportsbooks present the odds ahead of their clash.
Although both of these teams have reason to be optimistic, it makes sense that they take a back seat to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Despite the fact that this weekend’s games are the first in October, the outcome could very easily affect the playoff picture in a few months.
This division is viewed as one of the most difficult from top to bottom in part because of the quality quarterback play.
Mahomes is clearly among the NFL’s best (if not the obvious No. 1), while both Justin Herbert and Derek Carr appear to be better than the average guy.
Herbert is in just his second year, but it doesn’t really show. He set the new rookie record with 31 touchdowns through the air in 2020.
The Chargers’ signal caller doesn’t appear to be hitting any type of sophomore slump, either. He’s completing nearly 70% of passes and has more than 950 passing yards through three weeks.
On the other side of the field, the Raiders’ Carr is now in his eighth season and is starting to receive recognition for his skills. He’s thrown for over 4,000 yards in three consecutive seasons now and is much more consistent than in his early years.
Carr tossed 27 touchdowns a season ago against only nine interceptions. He’s looking solid again this campaign, as he leads the league in passing yards with 1,203.
He holds an advantage of more than 100 yards on Tom Brady, who is second in that category.
Most importantly, Carr’s play is bringing success to Las Vegas. Of course, a 3-0 record feels great, but the team remembers being 2-0 and 6-3 last year.
One of those wins came against Los Angeles, which split the two meetings with its division foe.
The Raiders won the first matchup by five, with the Chargers taking the other December meeting by three in OT.
Raiders-Chargers Odds At WV Sportsbooks
There’s no reason to believe that Monday night’s contest won’t include a tight finish, just like the previous two. That makes this game’s point spread even more important for bettors.
At BetMGM WV Sportsbook, the Chargers are the home favorite, laying -3.5 points. They’re available at -175 on the moneyline, whereas Las Vegas is listed at +150.
As mentioned for previous games, it’s crucial to lock in an advantageous spread if you think the outcome will be close. Since so many tilts end with a last-second field goal, moving the line is sometimes beneficial.
So Raiders fans should look to place their wagers now when the spread is still at +3.5, while Chargers backers can either wait or take an alternate. Currently, the online sportsbook shows the Chargers giving just -2.5, with odds of -150.
There is also an option for LA giving -3 at -130.
As for the game total, BetMGM posted it at 52.5 points. Of course, bettors can manipulate what their total is through a wide range of alternate selections.
Two of Vegas’ tilts reached the 60-point mark; however, both finished in overtime. The only Chargers game to hit 50 points was last week against the Chiefs.
It wouldn’t surprise many if a lot of points are produced, similar to this past week’s final game on Monday.
Although each side features a notable running back, the Raiders and Chargers rank 25th and 26th, respectively, in rushing yards per game.
This means plenty of passing and the potential for some quick scores over the top.
Between the Raiders’ Darren Waller and Henry Ruggs, along with the Chargers’ Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, there are a lot of vertical threats.
Monday Night Football Props
All of these skill players are betting options, too. WV sportsbooks include lots of player props and additional markets for this Monday affair.
One of the most common props for prime time games is picking which player will score the first touchdown. This market, along with many others involving the top players, is often available closer to the day of the game.
Although there is a slight delay for player options, books are offering a variety of game props right now.
At FanDuel WV, you can adjust the alternate spread to basically anything you want. If you somehow see this one ending in a blowout for one of the sides, you can earn a quality payout.
The Chargers are listed as giving -29.5 points, with odds of +1200, while bettors can also take the Raiders laying -20.5 at +1100.
The double result is another popular choice. Here, you wager on which team will be leading at halftime and which will win the game. This isn’t a bad opportunity for those who think one side might dominate most of the action.
Currently, FanDuel has the following odds:
- Chargers/Chargers +125
- Raiders/Raiders +210
- Raiders/Chargers +700
- Chargers/Raiders +800
- Chargers/Draw (OT) +2500
- Raiders/Draw (OT) +2900