Chargers-Raiders Sunday Night Showdown Is Play-In Playoff Game

What a night ahead in Las Vegas. Sunday Night Football’s showcase from Sin City features the Chargers-Raiders in a “Win and You’re In” play-in game to the NFL playoffs. I include the Raiders (+3) in my Week 18 underdog picks, which are 25-12 ATS (67.6%) this season with 19 outright underdog winners following last week’s big shootout win by the Bengals over the Chiefs.

I provide a Chargers-Raiders betting preview in my update for Forbes, along with Week 18 games, odds and a $100,000 parlay win that cashed on a $100 NFL bet last week.

The NFL playoff picture shows just the Green Bay Packers locked into their seed position as No. 1 in the NFC. Much to be decided with 13 games impacting the playoffs and positioning in Week 18 and the Chargers-Raiders in the spotlight as the most bet and watched game of the week.

“We expect it to be the highest volume game of the week by quite a long way,” FanDuel Sportsbook’s Director of Trading John Sheeran said Thursday on the Bet the Board Podcast.


The final week of the regular season is unique with the playoff picture, positioning and playing time driving interest and line movement.

BetMGM sent out betting data Friday showing the Chargers with 61% of the spread money. Bettors are counting on a higher-scoring game with the total up from 48.5 to 49.5 at BetMGM and 71% of the money ‘over’ the total.

Caesars Sportsbook reported Friday that the Chargers have captured 60% of the total number of tickets and 76% of the total dollars wagered on the point spread.

Read more of my Chargers-Raiders preview and update in Forbes. and check back for additional betting data on game day as the leading online sportsbooks update the data and information you can bet on.

Author: FairwayJay is a leading national sports betting analyst, writer, handicapper and sports betting insider providing insight and information you can bet on for nearly two decades from Las Vegas. He chips in additional sports betting coverage and reporting on industry news and events for leading media and sports betting sites and companies. Follow him on X (Twitter): @FairwayJay