Chargers vs. Patriots - 12/7/14 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New England Patriots (9-3) at San Diego Chargers (8-4)
NFL Football: Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 8:30 pm (Qualcomm Stadium)
The Line: San Diego Chargers +3.5 -- Over/Under: 50.5 See the Latest Odds
The New England Patriots and San Diego Chargers play Sunday night at Qualcomm Stadium.
The New England Patriots have won seven of their last eight games and look to inch closer to another AFC East crown. Tom Brady is completing 64.8 percent of his passes for 28 touchdowns and six interceptions. Brady has six touchdowns and three picks in his last three games, and the Patriots have 38 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman have combined for more than 1,600 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Brandon LaFell has 17 of his 53 receptions in his last three games. The Patriots ground game is averaging four yards per carry, as Shane Vereen leads the way with 346 rushing yards and one touchdown. Defensively, the New England Patriots are allowing 21.1 points, 360.9 yards, and they’ve forced 28 sacks and 20 turnovers. Jamie Collins leads the Patriots with 86 tackles and Rob Ninkovich has six sacks.
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The San Diego Chargers have won three straight games and are back in the AFC West race. Philip Rivers is completing 69.1 percent of his passes for 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Rivers has five touchdowns and two picks in his last three games, and the Chargers have 44 passing plays of 20 or more yards. Keenan Allen and Malcom Floyd have combined for more than 1,400 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Eddie Royal has 15 of his 43 receptions in his last two games. The Chargers ground attack is averaging 3.4 yards per carry, as Branden Oliver leads the way with 431 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, the San Diego Chargers are allowing 20.8 points, 331.8 yards, and they’ve forced 18 sacks and 13 turnovers. Eric Weddle leads the Chargers with 83 tackles and Brandon Flowers has 10 pass deflections.
The Patriots are 5-12 ATS in their last 17 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Chargers are 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in San Diego.
I think this game could go either way with two of the top quarterbacks in the league. I don't like that the Pats are playing back-to-back road games, especially with this one being on the West Coast. I'm going to back the Chargers and the points, as I think this is a bad spot for the Pats.