Miami Dolphins at Los Angeles Chargers - 9/17/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Miami Dolphins (0-0) at Los Angeles Chargers (0-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 4:05 pm (StubHub Center)
The Line: Los Angeles Chargers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 44.5 See the Latest Odds
Out in Carson at StubHub Center on Sunday, the Miami Dolphins and the Los Angeles Chargers will be meeting up in Week 2 NFL action.
Miami hasn’t played a game yet this year; due to Hurricane Irma, their opening-week matchup versus the Buccaneers was postponed to Week 11.
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The Dolphins had an overall successful year in 2016, finishing 10-6 and second in the AFC East. Miami earned a Wild Card berth in the playoffs but lost in the opening game to the Steelers 30-12.
Over on the Chargers’ side, they’re 0-1 following a tough loss to the Broncos 24-21 in Week 1. LA had a late field goal attempt blocked, which sealed the game. Chargers QB Philip Rivers finished 22-of-33 for 192 yards, three TDs and a pick, while Melvin Gordon was LA’s top rusher on 18 carries for 54 yards. Tyrell Williams was the top Los Angeles receiver with his five catches for 54 yards.
LA finished out their San Diego residency last year in a 5-11 campaign that left them in last place in the AFC West. That left Los Angeles with a No. 7 overall pick in this year’s draft, where they selected WR Mike Williams out of Clemson.
The Dolphins are 5-1 ATS versus a team with a losing record and 9-20 ATS in their last 29 versus the AFC. Miami is also 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games in Week 2 and 1-5 ATS in their last six games in September.
Meanwhile, the Chargers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games in Week 2 and 5-16 ATS in the last 21 home games. Los Angeles is also 0-5-1 ATS in the last six games overall and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four versus the AFC.
Miami is something of a question mark right now, as we haven’t seen this version of the team on the field. With some reliance on defense, the running game and a few choice passes downfield, however, the Dolphins can scratch their way to a winning record this year. As for the Chargers, they were able to hang with a decent Denver team in Week 1 and should come out swinging here. All things considered I think Rivers can guide the team to a victory and cover here, so I’ll take the Chargers.