Detroit Lions vs. Los Angeles Chargers - 9/15/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Chargers at Detroit Lions
Sunday, September 15, 2019 at 12:00 PM (Ford Field)
Los Angeles Chargers -2.5 -- O/U: 47.5
TV: DAZN, CBS
The Los Angeles Chargers and the Detroit Lions meet in a week 2 inter-conference NFL matchup from Ford Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Los Angeles Chargers will look to build on a strong opening performance to start the season, winning their opener in overtime against Indianapolis by a final score of 30-24. Philip Rivers threw for 333 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception on 25 of 34 passing while Austin Ekeler had a team-high 58 rushing yards and a touchdown and Justin Jackson had 57 rushing yards. Keenan Allen led L.A. with 8 receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown while the aforementioned Ekeler had 6 grabs out of the backfield for 96 yards and another pair of receiving touchdowns. Defensively, Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram III each had a sack while Kyzir White led the Chargers with 8 tackles while Thomas Davis had 7 solo tackles and 7 assisted tackles.
The Detroit Lions had to settle for a 27-27 tie with the Arizona Cardinals in their season opener last time out. Matthew Stafford threw for 385 yards and 3 touchdowns on 27 of 45 passing while Kerryon Johnson led the Lions in rushing with 49 rushing yards and C.J. Anderson had 35 rushing yards. T.J. Hockenson had 6 receptions for a team-high 131 yards and a touchdown while Danny Amendola had a team-high 7 receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown. Kenny Golladay added a touchdown grab of his own as well in the game for Detroit. Defensively, Devon Kennard had 3 sacks while Christian Jones and Jahlani Tavai each had a sack as well. Tracy Walker had a team-high 9 tackles and an interception while Rashaan Melvin came right behind with 8 tackles.
Los Angeles is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 35-16-1 in their last 52 games following a win. Detroit is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 7-1 in their last 8 games overall. Los Angeles is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
Both of these teams let lesser opponents make comebacks in week 1 and both had to deal with overtime. The difference for me here is that not only did Los Angeles win their game, but the Chargers are the better offensive team and have more depth defensively in my opinion. Detroit let a young Arizona team come back and gain some confidence in a game they should have won handily. Hockenson was a revelation for the Lions, but I just think that the Chargers will end up being too much here, so I’ll lay the points with Los Angeles in this one.