Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo Bills - 9/16/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Los Angeles Chargers (0-1) at Buffalo Bills (0-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 1:00 pm (New Era Field)
The Line: Buffalo Bills +8 -- Over/Under: 44.5
The Los Angeles Chargers and the Buffalo Bills will meet in week 2 NFL action from New Era Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Los Angeles Chargers will look to find their first win of the season after falling to Kansas City by a final score of 38-28 in their season opener last time out. Philip Rivers threw for 424 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception on 34 of 51 passing while Melvin Gordon racked up a team-high 64 rushing yards. Gordon also led the Chargers with 9 catches out of the backfield for 102 yards while Keenan Allen had a team-high 108 receiving yards and a touchdown on 8 receptions. Austin Ekeler and Tyrell Williams each added a receiving touchdown as well in the losing effort. Derwin James logged a sack while Desmond King logged a team-high 5 tackles for the Chargers’ D in the defeat.
The Buffalo Bills will look to redeem themselves after the worst performance in the league in week 1, dropping their season opener in a 47-3 rout against Baltimore. Nathan Peterman threw for just 24 yards and 2 interceptions on a dismal 5 of 18 passing while Josh Allen stepped in and threw for 74 yards on 6 of 15 in relief. Marcus Murphy led the Bills with 31 rushing yards while LeSean McCoy turned his team-high 7 carries into just 22 yards. Zay Jones led the Bills receiving corps with 3 catches for 26 yards in the losing effort. Defensively, Buffalo combined for 2 sacks and a forced fumble that they also recovered, while Matt Milano led the Bills with 7 tackles.
Los Angeles is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against the AFC and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a loss while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 road games. Buffalo is 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games against a team with a losing road record while the over is 16-5 in their last 21 home games. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
Let’s be realistic, this has the potential to be the worst Buffalo team in recent memory. The receivers aren’t good and the defense isn’t good, and if I were a Bills fan, I’d be upset that the team traded A.J. McCarron, instead of throwing Allen into the fire and forcing him to go score for score with a loaded Chargers’ offense that had troubles against a solid Chiefs squad in their opener. I just don’t think it’ll happen, so I’ll lay the touchdown with the Chargers on the road as Los Angeles rolls here.