NFL Week 17 odds: Oakland at San Diego

It’s almost assuredly the final game as Chargers head coach for Norv Turner on Sunday as it’s disappointing team hosts Oakland.

Oakland lost 17-6 at Carolina last week. Matt Leinart replaced an injured Carson Palmer for Oakland in the first quarter and completed 16-of-32 passes for 115 yards with an interception. Terrelle Pryor also made a limited appearance for the Raiders (4-11). He caught one pass for 22 yards, rushed for two yards and completed a 5-yard pass in Oakland’s seventh loss in eight games. Palmer won’t play this week, with Leinart likely to start.

San Diego beat the Jets 27-17 last week. Philip Rivers tossed a pair of touchdown passes and completed 11-of-22 passes for 165 yards and Micheal Spurlock added a 63-yard punt return touchdown for the Chargers (6-9), who have won two of their last three.

San Diego’s defense has the ability to be one of the more dynamic pass-rush fronts in the NFL when things are clicking as they did in Week 16 against the New York Jets. The Chargers sacked New York QB Greg McElroy, making his first start, 11 times. With the Raiders quarterback situation being somewhat unstable because of Palmer’s injury, we can expect to see Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano bring a lot of heat with stunts and blitzes.

The Bolts beat Oakland 22-14 in Week 1. San Diego has won 15 of the past 18 meetings.

WAGERWEB.COM OPENING ODDS: TBA Check our current lines.

RAIDERS NOTES: QB CARSON PALMER (4,018) joined RICH GANNON (4,689 in ’02) last week as only QBs in club history to reach 4,000 in season. In 6 career games vs. SD, Palmer averages 339.3 passing yards per game with 14 TDs vs. 3 INTs & 116.4 passer rating … RB DARREN MC FADDEN rushed for 97 yards on 19 att. (5.1 avg.) with TD in last game at SD (12/5/10). For career, McFadden averages 87.1 rush yards per game with 8 rush TDs on road against AFC West opponents (871 in 10 games). RB MARCEL REECE has 496 receiving yards, most among AFC RBs … WR DENARIUS MOORE has career-best 6 TD catches. WR DARRIUS HEYWARD-BEY had career-best 9 receptions vs. SD on 1/1/12 & totaled 2nd-most receiving yards in a game (130). In past 4, rookie WR ROD STREATER is averaging 19.6 yards/catch (14 rec., 274 yards) … TE BRANDON MYERS leads AFC TEs with 75 catches … LB PHILIP WHEELER has team-best 107 tackles … Rookie LB MILES BURRIS posted 1st INT of career last week … DT DESMOND BRYANT has 2.5 sacks in past 3 games.

CHARGERS NOTES: Have won 7 of past 9 at home vs. Raiders … QB PHILIP RIVERS (3,455) needs 45 passing yards to become 1st Charger ever with 5 straight seasons with 3,500+ passing yards. In past 3 games, Rivers has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs & 95.4 passer rating. For career, Rivers is 25-5 (.833) as starter in Dec. w/ 54 TDs vs. 16 INTs & 98.7 rating. Rivers has 10-3 (.769) record as starter against Raiders … RB RONNIE BROWN has career-high 48 receptions in ’12 … TE ANTONIO GATES (82) surpassed HOFer LANCE ALWORTH (81) for most TD catches in team history last week. Has 10 career TDs vs. Oak. WR DANARIO ALEXANDER has career-best 6 TD catches in ’12 … Club tied franchise record with 11 sacks last week … DE KENDALL REYES had 3.5 sacks last week, most by Chargers rookie since ’86. DE COREY LIUGET has career-best 7 sacks in ’12 … S ERIC WEDDLE leads team with 89 tackles. LB SHAUN PHILLIPS (9.5) needs half sack to register at least 10 for 3rd time in career … PR MICHEAL SPURLOCK had 63-yard PR-TD last week.

WAGERWEB.COM TRENDS: Under is 13-3-1 in the last 17 meetings in San Diego. Raiders are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings. Underdog is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 meetings. Road team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.

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