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San Diego Chargers vs Oakland Raiders NFL Expert Football Picks Week 5

by Jonathan Pou on Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

San Diego Chargers vs Oakland Raiders NFL Expert Football Picks Week 5: The San Diego Chargers (2-2) look to build momentum this week when they take on the Oakland Raiders (1-3) at Qualcomm Stadium (Sunday 4:00pm ET). The Chargers routed the Arizona Cardinals (2-2) last week 41-10, and will pose a tough challenge for the Raider’s offense. Oakland is coming off a 31-24 loss to the Houston Texans (3-1). San Diego needs to string together a couple of victories in order to keep pace with the AFC West leading, Kansas City Chiefs (3-0). Hammerhead Sports always delivers the most accurate free sports picks and football odds from our team of NFL Predictions experts. Find our Winning NFL Picks selections below.

Throughout the Raiders’ instability at the quarterback position, Darren McFadden has been a bright spot tallying up 392 yards on the ground so far. The Chargers will, however, neutralize this, as they rank 7th in the league against the run, allow a miniscule 80.3 Yards per game. The strength that the Raiders possess is their ability to stop the pass. The Raiders rank 3rd in the NFL against the pass, giving up just 143.8 passing yards per game. The NFL Betting Odds at have the San Diego Chargers (-6) as the Free NFL Expert Football Picks selection over the Oakland Raiders (+6).

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San Diego brings the 3rd most prolific passing attack in the league. The huge mismatch that faces the Raiders is their inability to stop the run. The Chargers put up 132.8 rushing yards per contest, while the Raiders are allowing a league worst, 162 yards on the ground week in and week out. Injury report looks relatively clean for these teams, so inactives won’t play a factor. With the NFL Betting Odds point total at 45, look for the Over as the strong choice in what should turn into a game of catch-up for the Raiders.

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