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Chargers Open as Slim Road Favorites in Week 18's Winner-Take-All Contest

Larry Rupp
The Los Angeles Chargers have opened as slim road favorites in Week 18's winner-take-all contest.
The Los Angeles Chargers have opened as slim road favorites in Week 18's winner-take-all contest. / Christian Petersen/GettyImages

The Los Angeles Chargers have been up and down all year long. This is a team that has pulled off some epic wins, but has also taken some disappointing losses. All can be forgiven if quarterback Justin Hebert can lead his team to the postseason with a win over the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 18.

Chargers Playoff Scenarios

The Chargers have opened as 3-point road favorites against the Raiders in what is a highly-anticipated Sunday Night Football showdown, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Head coach Brandon Staley's team will be looking to complete the season sweep after a decisive Week 4 win.

Just about everything went right for the Chargers in that game. Herbert passed for 3 touchdowns and the defense held the Raiders to just 244 total yards in a crucial 28-14 victory. Playing on the road is a different beast, though. Las Vegas' crowd is also known for creating a tough playing environment.

Keep in mind that the Chargers have a tendency to show up in road games this season (4-3 record). Herbert averages 292.0 passing yards per game when away from home (No. 3 in NFL) and has continued to pace this offense with his 35 touchdown passes (T-No. 3 in NFL).

All eyes will be on the Chargers as they aim to earn their first postseason berth since the 2018 season. Their balanced offensive attack and improving defense would make them a team to watch out for in the playoffs. However, they need to get the job done and come out victorious in Week 18 first.

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