Can Derek Carr Propel The Las Vegas Raiders To A Win?

  • The Los Angeles Chargers are three-point home favorites over the Las Vegas Raiders for MNF.
  • Raiders QB Derek Carr has put up three consecutive games with 380+ passing yards.
  • Carr’s O/U for passing yards during Monday Night Football is 282.5.

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Chargers, fresh off of a big win over the Kansas City Chiefs, are once again in the limelight on Monday Night Football.

The Chargers have been buoyed this season by the emergence of fifth year WR Mike Williams, and the continued brilliance of QB Justin Herbert.

Their opponents on Monday are the surprisingly undefeated Las Vegas Raiders, who are looking to hang on to first place in the AFC West after the Denver Broncos fell to 3-1 on Sunday.

Las Vegas Raiders Vs. Los Angeles Chargers

  • Las Vegas Raiders +3.0 (+100)
  • Los Angeles Chargers -3.0 (-120)

The Raiders are the three-point road underdogs, which does imply that the game would be pretty even if it were in Vegas - although it is no secret among NFL betting fans that the Chargers have a weak home field advantage.

Derek Carr has been a bright spot for the Raiders, passing for more than 380 yards in each of their first three games.

Carr’s elite performance has been a major factor in the Raiders’ winning ways but it’s an open question as to how long he can continue this kind of performance on the field.

Derek Carr Passing Yards O/U

  • OVER 282.5 -115
  • UNDER 282.5 -115

It seems as though online gambling markets expect regression out of the Vegas quarterback, as 283 yards, is enough to hit the OVER, but would be his worst showing this season.

It’s important to understand how contextual these numbers are, however. Carr’s best game in terms of passing yards (435 against the Ravens) was his worst game in terms of yards per attempt as well as quarterback rating (7.77 and 89.5, respectively).

What that means is that Carr can easily perform well without passing for overwhelming amounts of yardage but game plans and situations have dictated that he pass the ball a lot.

Part of the reason Carr has been leaned on so heavily is due to the absence of RB Josh Jacobs, who picked up a toe injury in Week 1 and has been spotty ever since.

Jacobs is questionable for the game tonight, and that’s not a particularly good sign for the Raider offense outside of Carr.

While Kenyan Drake and Peyton Barber have been pretty good in Jacobs’ absence, they can’t make up for what he provides when he’s healthy.

The Raiders RB room is so unpredictable at the moment that there are currently no odds for Raiders RB’s rushing yards in this game on sportsbooks.

If Jacobs can’t play - or can’t play up to his own standards - it could be all on Carr once again, which seems like it could be a good situation for the OVER on this wager for sports bettors.

The game is scheduled to begin at 8:15 p.m. EST and can be viewed on ESPN and ABC.