ProFootballDoc: Raiders at Chargers — Evenly Matched AFC West Rivalry Monday Night Game

Through Week 4, the five Sunday picks against the spread are 12-8. The seven games went 4-3, but the ones that count were a disappointing 2-3. Seattle cruised, Dallas took advantage of Carolina’s injury trend, Miami struggled, the Titans dominated on the ground as expected but lost, and Saquon Barkley hauled in a 54 yard TD pass for the win.

The Monday night matchup is a fun one. I lived through many rivalry Chargers vs. Raiders games and will be bringing the family to check out SoFi Stadium.


Overall, this is an evenly matched game in terms of health. The Saturday practice injury to LB Kenneth Murray could prove costly for the Chargers who now have to adjust last minute. Both squads are relatively healthy with Josh Jacobs having a good chance to play.

Take a look at the Field View and SIC scores at to make your own decisions but in this type of close game, the 3 points are valuable. And let’s not forget that even though it is a home game for the Chargers, there will likely be many more Raiders fans present in LA on Monday.

Sports Injury Center (SIC) Score is our proprietary numerical injury grading system that incorporates the health of every NFL team and individual players to give sports bettors, DFS players and fantasy owners an edge each week during the season. While it purposely doesn’t take into account coaching, schemes or matchups, SIC Scores give an accurate assessment of team/player overall health heading into a game.

Written by Dr. David Chao

David Chao, MD -- known digitally as Pro Football Doc -- is an expert contributor for Outkick. Chao spent 17 seasons as the team doctor for the San Diego Chargers (1997-2013) and is part of the medical team at OASIS in San Diego where he treats and specializes in orthopedic sports injuries, working with high-profile professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, and MLB.

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  1. The Raiders have more fans in the greater Los Angeles area than the Rams and Chargers combined, but the owners were never going to reward Al Davis’s fat, freckled, pumpkin haircut son with the LA market.

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