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Written by Mitch Wilson on October 30, 2013

Washington Redskins vs. San Diego Chargers Pick, Odds, Prediction 11/3/13: Mitch's Free NFL Football Pick Against the Spread
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The Redskins and the Chargers face off on Sunday in Week 9 NFL action.

The Washington Redskins and the San Diego Chargers face off on Sunday in Washington in a Week 9 NFL matchup.

The Washington Redskins were hoping to make a return trip to the playoffs this season but they have started the season at 2-5 though that doesn’t put them out of the race for the title in the NFC East. The Redskins offense is averaging 24.7 points and 394.4 yards per game and they have a minus two turnover ratio. Robert Griffin III was pounded last week in Denver but for the season he has completed 59 percent of his passes for 1,878 yards and nine touchdowns with eight interceptions and he has been sacked 14 times and he has rushed for 240 yards. Alfred Morris has rushed for 565 yards and four touchdowns and Roy Helu is averaging 3.9 yards per carry with four touchdowns and he has 13 receptions. Pierre Garcon has 47 receptions, Jordan Reed has 34 receptions, and Leonard Hankerson and Santana Moss have 19 catches each. The Redskins defense allows a second worst in the NFL 32.7 points and a 29th ranked 397.1 yards per game and they have seven interceptions, 20 sacks, and six fumble recoveries. Perry Riley has 62 tackles, London Fletcher has 52 tackles, and Ryan Kerrigan as 6.5 sacks. While it isn’t too late for the Redskins to turn it around they don’t have much wiggle room for losses at this point.

The San Diego Chargers are off to a solid start but in one of the toughest division in football, the AFC West, their 4-3 record is good enough for third place. The Chargers offense is averaging 24 points and 402.9 yards per game but they are minus six in turnover ratio. Phillip Rivers has completed 73.9 percent of his passes for 2, 132 yards with 15 touchdowns and five interceptions and he has been sacked 11 times. Ryan Mathews has rushed for 446 yards and a touchdown and Danny Woodhead has rushed for 172 yards and he has 40 receptions and four total touchdowns. Antonio Gates has 42 receptions and two touchdowns, Keenan Allen has 26 catches and two touchdowns, and Eddie Royal has 26 catches with six of them going for touchdowns. Defensively the Chargers are allowing 20.6 points and 378.6 yards per game with three interceptions, 20 sacks, and five fumble recoveries. Eric Weddle has 47 tackles, Donald Butler has 31 tackles, and Derek Cox and Marcus Gilchrist each have 29 tackles. The Chargers are solid and are flying under the radar with the Chiefs and Broncos success in the AFC West this season.

Washington is 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games against a team with a winning home record, 6-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 2-6 in their last right games. San Diego is 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven games, 5-1-1 against the spread in their last seven road games, and 1-6-1 against the spread following a win.

The Redskins just seem to be missing the magic they had a year ago both in what RGIII has been able to create offensively and just the overall lackluster performance of the defense and with the Skins struggling to rush the passer and Rivers’ quick release this could be a long day for the Redskins. 

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Mitch's Pick: San Diego Chargers


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