The Oakland Raiders are coming off a loss to the Denver Broncos in which they were favored to win by a touchdown, and now with a short week coming up, the tables have been turned. The opening line (courtesy of OddsShark) has the Raiders as the underdogs by a touchdown to the San Diego Chargers on Thursday Night Football.
Oakland was favored to beat the Broncos, but squandered a second-half lead, being outscored in the second half, including two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Chargers are also coming off a loss, but it was a loss in which they mostly out-played the defending champion Green Bay Packers. San Diego came within two pick sixes of beating the undefeated Packers, so they're definitely going to be favored over the Raiders.
But it's Rivers' inconsistency with protecting the ball that makes the line a touchdown and not more than that, because the Raiders have shown they can create turnovers when they need to. Then again, this might have been even closer, perhaps by a field goal as opposed to a touchdown, if Oakland hadn't squandered their lead over the Broncos.