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Can the Chargers shape up before taking on the Raiders on Thursday Night Football? Take a look at what they need to fix to win this game.

Can the Chargers shape up before facing the Raiders? Watch the game

Tonight’s Thursday Night Football bout will see the Los Angeles Chargers take on the Las Vegas Raiders in the “city of sin”. The game can be seen on FOX and the NFL Network with an expected kickoff time of 5:20 PT. 

However, with the Chargers now being eliminated from playoff contention, can they still give the Raiders a fight and take on the role of “playoff spoilers” against the seven-year vet Derek Carr and his struggling team? 

Feel free to take a shot every time you slip and read “San Diego Chargers” or “Oakland Raiders”. 

The Los Angeles Chargers

Possibly already looking on to next year, the Los Angeles Chargers have a lot to be excited about – not only for next season, but for many seasons to come. 

The surprise development of rookie quarterback Justin Herbert (Oregon) was as shocking to fans as it was the organization, as Herbert, who was selected by the franchise with the sixth overall pick, seemed to latch on to the NFL landscape fairly quickly, throwing twenty-five touchdowns as a rookie.  

As their record currently stands, the Chargers are expected to receive a strong pick in the 2021 NFL draft, hoping to move up next season from their current fourth-place ranking in a loaded AFC West division that’s led by the current Super Bowl champs, the Kansas City Chiefs featuring “must watch” TV quarterback Patrick Mahomes

The Las Vegas Raiders

Coach Jon Gruden & his Las Vegas Raiders are looking to make a strong playoff push in these last few games of the regular season. Currently, in second place in the AFC West with a record of 7-6, the Raiders are on the bubble of the playoff picture, needing a few things to go their way including winning tonight’s game if they wish to enter the wildcard discussion. 

Quarterback Derek Carr will need to assert both his presence & leadership early for the Raiders, as jumping out to an early two-score lead might be enough to disinterest a Charger’s team that no longer has playoff aspirations this season.

Usually, that’s a good indication that players aren’t looking to get seriously hurt when there’s nothing to gain, as the Chargers could take it easy tonight.  

Thursday Night Football

While the game in Las Vegas is being played without fans, the Raiders will still need to use some of that home-field advantage at Allegiant Stadium to pull this one off, possibly looking around at the new stadium as a symbol of a new era in the Raider franchise, where their seemingly constant “late-season push” shortcomings will flip, and tonight, with an opponent that might be looking to coast for the rest of the year, is a great opportunity to do so.

At this point, it’s fair to say the Chargers are fighting for pride, hoping to get back-to-back wins after last week’s win against the Atlanta Falcons.

The Raiders, on the other hand, seem to be on a bit of a slide, even after considering a Hail Mary miracle win against the winless and pathetic New York Jets. The Raiders will need this win if they want any shot at making it into the Wild Card round. 

According to BetMGM currently has them the line is set at Raiders -3 and the over/under is at 53.5.   

How to watch?

The game will be aired at 5:20 on Fox and the NFL Network. As well, fans of both teams can watch the game via live stream on Yahoo, Amazon Prime, or FuboTV. 

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