Los Angeles Chargers vs. Tennessee Titans - 10/21/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Tennessee Titans (3-3) at Los Angeles Chargers (4-2)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 9:30 am (Wembley Stadium)
The Line: Los Angeles Chargers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 45.5
The Tennessee Titans and the Los Angeles Chargers meet in week 7 NFL action from Wembley Stadium on Sunday morning.
The Tennessee Titans come into this game looking to turn things around after back-to-back losses, including a 21-0 loss to Baltimore in their last outing. Marcus Mariota has thrown for 793 yards, 2 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on 63.6% passing this season, while Derrick Henry has rushed for 240 yards. Corey Davis leads the Titans’ receiving corps with 385 yards and 27 receptions this season. Defensively, Jurrell Casey leads Tennessee with 3 sacks while Kevin Byard is Tennessee’s leading tackler with 30 tackles this season. As a team, Tennessee is averaging 262.7 yards of total offense and 14.5 points per game this season. The Titans’ D is what’s keeping them in games, sitting top-10 in total yardage against (337.8/8th in NFL), passing yardage against (214.7/5th) and scoring defense (17.8 PPG/3rd) this season.
The Los Angeles Chargers will look to build on their three game winning streak following a 38-14 beatdown of Cleveland in their last outing. Philip Rivers has thrown for 1,702 yards, 15 touchdowns and 3 interceptions on 68.6% passing, while Melvin Gordon III leads the Chargers in rushing with 466 yards and 6 touchdowns this season. Keenan Allen leads the Chargers in receiving with 36 receptions for 434 yards while Tyrell Williams, Mike Williams, Austin Ekeler and the aforementioned Gordon III each had 3 touchdown receptions this season. On defense, Desmond King II leads the Chargers with a pair of interceptions while Derwin James leads the Chargers with 3.5 sacks and 28 tackles this season. As a team, Los Angeles is averaging 412.5 yards of total offense per game, good for 6th in the league, while sitting 5th in the NFL in rushing yards with 137.3 yards per game and 29.2 points per game this season.
Tennessee is 17-42-4 ATS in their last 63 games against the AFC and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a loss while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Los Angeles is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in October and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against the AFC while the under is 9-3-1 in their last 13 games following a win. Tennessee is 0-9-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.
These London games can honestly go either way, as the travel and jet lag sometimes comes into play. However, the Chargers are showing signs of life, playing like the extremely efficient offense we expected to see coming into the season, scoring 23 or more points in all six of their games this season. The problem for Tennessee is that they’ve only broken that 23 point threshold once, and it took overtime to do it. The defense is keeping Tennessee in games, but that can only last for so long and I’m not sure that Tennessee can keep up with the Chargers offensively, so I’ll lay the touchdown with Los Angeles here.