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Los Angeles Chargers at Detroit Lions - 9/15/19 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Detroit Lions vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Date & Time Sunday September 15, 2019, 1:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Ford Field
Detroit, MI
The Line
The Line: Detroit Lions +2.5 -- Over/Under: 47.5
TV Channel
CBS
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The Los Angeles Chargers and Detroit Lions meet Sunday in NFL action at Ford Field.

The Los Angeles Chargers look for a 2-0 start after beating the Colts in overtime. The Los Angeles Chargers have won their last six road games. Philip Rivers is completing 73.5 percent of his passes for 333 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Rivers has three touchdown passes in four of his last five games. Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler have combined for 219 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Hunter Henry has six receptions. The Los Angeles Chargers ground game is averaging 125 yards per contest, and Ekeler leads the way with 58 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Los Angeles is allowing 24 points and 376 yards per game. Thomas Davis leads the Los Angeles Chargers with 14 tackles, Joey Bosa has one sack and Casey Hayward has one pass deflection.

The Detroit Lions need a win after settling for a tie against the Arizona Cardinals. The Detroit Lions have lost four of their last five home games. Matthew Stafford is completing 60 percent of his passes for 385 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Stafford has two or more touchdown passes in three of his last nine games. T.J. Hockenson and Danny Amendola have combined for 235 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Marvin Jones Jr. has four receptions. The Detroit Lions ground game is averaging 116 yards per contest, and Kerryon Johnson leads the way with 49 yards on 16 carries. Defensively, Detroit is allowing 27 points and 387 yards per game. Tracy Walker leads the Detroit Lions with nine tackles, Devon Kennard has three sacks and Rashaan Melvin has three pass deflections.

The Chargers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in Week 2 and 5-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record. The Lions are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-12 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Chargers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings. The under is 7-1 in Lions last 8 games overall. The over is 5-0 in Chargers last 5 games in September.

The Los Angeles Chargers have covered six of their last seven games as road favorites. The Detroit Lions have failed to cover six of their last eight games as home underdogs. Both of these teams had trouble closing their opponents out in week one, so we should get a new level of focus this time around. The bottom line here is that the sloppy and questionable play from the Lions is expected because they're the Lions. The Chargers have the talent on both sides of the ball to be Super Bowl good, and I expect them to beat the teams they're supposed to beat rather easily. I'll lay the small chalk with the Chargers on the road. 

Pick:
Los Angeles Chargers -2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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