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New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Chargers - 10/29/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Chargers (3-4) at New England Patriots (5-2)

NFL Football: Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Gillette Stadium)

The Line: New England Patriots -7.5 -- Over/Under: 48 See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Los Angeles Chargers and New England Patriots meet Sunday in NFL action at Gillette Stadium.

The Los Angeles Chargers look for a fourth straight victory to get back to a .500 record. The Los Angeles Chargers have split their last eight road games. Philip Rivers is completing 60.9 percent of his passes for 1,816 yards, 12 touchdowns and five interceptions. Rivers has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last seven games. Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry have combined for 788 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Tyrell Williams has 21 receptions. The Los Angeles Chargers ground game is averaging 79.1 yards per contest, and Melvin Gordon leads the way with 394 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 18.7 points and 326 yards per game. Jatavis Brown leads the Los Angeles Chargers with 51 tackles, Melvin Ingram has 8.5 sacks and Adrian Phillips has one interception.

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New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Chargers - 10/29/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The New England Patriots look to build on their three-game winning streak to build their lead in the AFC East. The New England Patriots have won eight of their last 12 home games. Tom Brady is completing 66.4 percent of his passes for 2,208 yards, 15 touchdowns and two interceptions. Brady has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last six games. Brandin Cooks and Rob Gronkowski have combined for 989 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Chris Hogan has 28 receptions. The New England Patriots ground game is averaging 110.7 yards per contest, and Mike Gillislee leads the way with 321 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, New England is allowing 23.7 points and 426.7 yards per game. Devin McCourty leads the New England Patriots with 53 tackles, Trey Flowers has 3.5 sacks and Malcolm Butler has two interceptions.

The Chargers are 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 road games, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. AFC and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Patriots are 14-6-2 ATS in their last 22 home games, 10-4 ATS in their last 14 vs. AFC and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The over is 8-3 in Patriots last 11 games overall and the over is 7-3 in Chargers last 10 games in October.

It's amazing what three straight wins can do for oddmakers and handicappers, as the Pats are back to being monster favorites. Just a few weeks ago people said the sky was falling in New England and nobody wanted to touch this team. I'm somewhere in the middle. Yes, the Patriots are playing better overall, but let's not pretend the Bucs and Jets didn't take them down to the wire. The Chargers just dominated a good Broncos team and beat the Oakland Raiders on the road. Even before three straight wins, three of the Chargers four losses have been decided by three or less points. Rivers and company seem to always be in things until the end, and this should be no different. I'll take my free touchdown, especially with us getting the hook, which could be key. 

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