Two teams with very different outlooks on their seasons will clash at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., Sunday when the New England Patriots will take on the Los Angeles Chargers. The Patriots are coming off a hard-fought win over the Arizona Cardinals, while the Chargers came up short against the Buffalo Bills.
Los Angeles is a slight (-1) favorite. Kickoff is at 4:25 P.M. Eastern.
New England Patriots Betting Preview: Stay Alive in Playoff Race
The New England Patriots come into play with a record of 5-6, three games behind the Buffalo Bills in the AFC East. They snuck a surprising win past the Cardinals last Sunday to climb back into the AFC playoff picture. Arizona was flagged for a late hit on quarterback Cam Newton as he was scrambling late in the fourth quarter. The 15-yard penalty put the Patriots into field goal range, and kicker Nick Folk nailed the 50-yarder at the buzzer to give the Pats the victory.
Newton completed nine of 18 passes for 84 yards. He did not throw a touchdown pass and was intercepted twice as the Patriots struggled to move the ball. Running back James White carried the ball just five times for 18 yards but scored two touchdowns.
On the season, Newton has completed 67% of his passes for 1,984 yards and four touchdowns. He has also rushed for 387 yards and nine touchdowns. Running back Damien Harris leads the team in rushing with 561 yards and two scores. Wide receiver Damiere Byrd has been the team’s leading receiver, catching 35 passes for 502 yards and a touchdown.
Los Angeles Chargers Betting Preview: Keep Getting Better
The Los Angeles Chargers come into play with a record of 3-8, seven games behind the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. The Chargers tried to rally against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday but came up short. The 27-17 loss was the Chargers’ first loss of the season where the margin of defeat was more than a touchdown.
The Chargers’ offense welcomed the return of running back Austin Ekeler from IR after a hamstring injury. Ekeler carried the ball 14 times for 44 yards and caught 11 passes for 85 yards. Quarterback Justin Herbert had another 300-yard passing game with little to show for it. He completed 31 of 52 passes for 316 yards and a touchdown. He was also intercepted once. Wide receiver Keenan Allen scored another touchdown but caught just four passes for 40 yards.
On the season, Herbert has completed 67% of his passes for 3,015 yards and 23 touchdowns. He has been intercepted seven times. Running back Josh Kelley has filled in for Ekeler and leads the team in rushing with 346 yards and two scores. Allen has played at a Pro Bowl-level this season, catching 85 passes for 875 yards and seven touchdowns.
Betting Lines and Predictions
The one-point spread accurately reflects how well-matched the Patriots and Chargers are. These two teams have very different philosophies on offense, but the Patriots’ defense is better than the Chargers’, and the Chargers’ offense is better than New England’s. So, this will be a matchup of who can outmatch the other.
Bet on the Chargers’ offense, and another excellent performance from Herbert, who is the frontrunner for Offensive Rookie of the Year.