NFL betting features an ESPN Monday Night Football doubleheader to kick off the season with the late game taking place in Oakland as the Raiders host the San Diego Chargers.
The Chargers are 9 point NFL football betting favorites in the game with a total of 43.
NFL betting is going to be popular on San Diego since they have an exciting offense led by quarterback Philip Rivers and running back LaDainian Tomlinson. Conversely, NFL football betting won’t be that popular on the Raiders as they have a poor quarterback in JaMarcus Russell.
The Chargers are almost double-digit road favorites in this NFL betting contest. That is despite the fact they finished just 8-8 last season in a weak division. The Chargers have a lot of weapons on offense led by Rivers who threw for 4,009 yards and 34 TDs last NFL betting season. Tomlinson is coming off a down season and has said he wants to have a big bounce back year while the team has a solid receiver in Vincent Jackson and a great tight end in Antonio Gates.
The Raiders head into the 2009 NFL betting season about the same way they head into every season, poorly prepared. The Chargers have beaten the Raiders 11 straight times and eight of those wins in NFL betting have come by 10 points or more. Last year in NFL betting the Chargers won 28-18 at Oakland and 34-7 in San Diego. The Raiders are 0-6 in San Diego in the last six games, having not won there since 2002 in NFL betting.
The Chargers are 21-7-4 in NFL betting in their last 32 vs. the AFC West. The Chargers are 2-5 in NFL betting in their last 7 games as a favorite.
The Raiders are 17-35-1 in NFL football betting in their last 53 home games. The Raiders are 7-19 in NFL betting in their last 26 games as a home underdog.
Looking at the NFL betting total we see that the Over is 7-0 in the Chargers last 7 games in September but the Under is 4-1 in the Chargers last 5 Monday games. The Over is 7-1 in NFL football betting in the Raiders last 8 games in September but the Under is 5-1 in the Raiders last 6 home games. The Under is 6-2 in NFL football betting in the Raiders last 8 Monday games.