Chargers vs. Lions Point Spread: NFL Predictions, Week 2 Odds

Jeremy Perry | Updated Sep 09, 2019

Austin Ekeler did not look out of place starting in the Chargers backfield for holdout Melvin Gordon. He went off for 154 total yards in the week one win.

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September 15, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
Ford Field
Detroit
3-12
Pointspread -1.5 -115
Moneyline -120
Over / Under o +47

81%

Betting Action

19%

Pointspread +1.5 -110
Moneyline +100
Over / Under u +47

81%

Betting Action

19%

The Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Chargers did nearly everything right for the first three quarters of their Week 1 matchups. Things fell apart for both teams after that, with only one of them managing to pull out a victory in the end. The Chargers managed to beat the Indianapolis Colts 30-24 in overtime after getting outscored 18-7 in the second half.

Meanwhile, the Lions weren’t so fortunate as they blew an 18-point lead to the Arizona Cardinals and wound up settling for the tie after neither team could score in overtime. Now the two sides square off in Detroit’s home opener. Which side is the best bet?

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

Los Angeles is 6-1 straight up in its last seven games against NFC opponents. The Chargers are also 5-2 against the spread in those games. Los Angeles went 7-1 straight up on the road last season, but went just 4-4 on the road in its previous season.

Most NFL experts will tell you that it makes sense to bet on the home underdogs in most situations. Those same experts might tell you that this game isn’t one of them. The Lions are just 6-11 in the last 17 instances in which they were a home underdog.

Los Angeles Chargers

Everything was going the Chargers way against Indianapolis until they hit a big of a wall in the fourth quarter. Fortunately for them, they managed to escape with an overtime win and now they get a chance to regroup ahead of this week’s contest. Philip Rivers tore a strip off his teammates on the sideline before the extra frame and it seemed to work. Now they need to refocus and make sure they don’t concede anything on the road travelling to the east coast for a 1 PM start. Fortunately for the Chargers, their talent should be able to carry them provided they don’t let their foot off the gas again.

Rivers threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns in the win over the Colts. Meanwhile, Austin Ekeler looked just fine as the starting running back as he went off for 154 total yards in the win. That tandem will be the focal point of the Chargers offense once again this week. After seeing what Kyler Murray and company were able to do to the Detroit defense last week, they should be licking their chops at the opportunity to light them up.

Detroit Lions

Lions fans will have a hard time digesting the fact that they didn’t end up with the win in Week 1. Detroit had no answer for the Arizona offense in the second half of last week’s tie. While they managed to avoid the loss, there aren’t many positives they can carry over from that game. Danny Amendola had a strong performance with seven catches for 104 yards and a touchdown while rookie tight end T.J. Hockensen went off for six catches, 131 yards and a score. However, the fact that the offense wasn’t able to produce when it mattered most in the fourth quarter and in overtime should be a major red flag – especially since the Cardinals defense was pretty beaten up.

Detroit will have a much tougher time this week both moving the football on offense and getting stops on defense. The Lions haven’t done well as home underdogs in the past. Don’t expect that to change against a talented Chargers team that won’t let their foot off the gas following a close call last weekend.

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