Thursday Night Football Preview: Week 15

Previewing this week's Thursday Night Football from a fantasy and sports betting perspective

Thursday Night Football Preview: Week 15 Easton Stick vs. Aidan O’Connell. This is, uh…., not what we signed up for. After 14 up-and-down Thursday contests, this week’s offering is the NFL version of going through the motions. It is what […]

Thursday Night Football Preview: Week 15
Easton Stick vs. Aidan O'Connell. This is, uh...., not what we signed up for. After 14 up-and-down Thursday contests, this week's offering is the NFL version of going through the motions. It is what it is. Regardless, the FullTime Fantasy Thursday Night Football Preview: Week 15 breaks down this week's contest from a fantasy and sports betting perspective.
After losing Justin Herbert for the rest of the season, the Chargers are now riding out the clock. A new regime now seems inevitable for Los Angeles. Additionally, Easton Stick will make his first NFL start on streaming TV against an equally moribund Raiders franchise.
As for Vegas, they hit rock bottom last week, losing their third consecutive game by a paltry 3-0 score. Both teams sit at 5-8 in the mediocre AFC West.
However, on the bright side, there's no way these two teams will score fewer points than last week. Right?
The Chargers opened as 3-point favorites. However, when news of Herbert's season-ending injury hit, the line shifted oppositely. Las Vegas now stands as a field-goal favorite. Conversely, the total plummeted 8.5 points from its opening of 42.
Matchup 
TEAM OFFENSE PASS RUSH YDS/PLAY POINTS
Los Angeles Chargers 17 10 26 14 16
Las Vegas Raiders 29 22 32 26 28

Both of these teams have faced more than their fair share of adversity.
Brandon Staley faces a lot of scrutiny as the Chargers have been one of the most under-achieving teams in the AFC. The addition of offensive coordinator Keelen Moore from Dallas has not panned out as expected. The Chargers have been an average offense that will surely plummet without Herbert under center.
Meanwhile, the Raiders have a brief resurgence under interim head coach Antonio Pierce. However, after three consecutive defeats with three total touchdowns scored, that success is a distant memory.
Las Vegas has rushed for an NFL-worst 1,048 yards. A struggling offensive line plays a big part in the struggles. But making matters worse, the Raiders will be without star RB Josh Jacobs, who will miss this game with a quad injury.
Las Vegas Offense
Further hampering the offense is QB Aidan O'Connell. The fourth-round rookie has thrown just four touchdowns in seven games...
How will Thursday's Chargers vs. Raiders game go?

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