NFL Preview: Chargers Need Home Win Over Patriots

Al Dannity | Updated Oct 04, 2017

For all their offensive might, the San Diego Chargers are stuck with a 2-4 record. Victory over New England this weekend would re-ignite the Bolts run for the playoffs.

Get ready for an air raid If Norv Turner has any sense this weekend he will hand the ball to Phillip Rivers and tell the quarterback to fire at will. Rivers leads a passing attack that is averaging 316.2 yards per game. The success of the passing game is the primary reason why everyone is stunned at San Diego’s poor record. For all the numbers Rivers is putting up, his team can’t seem to win games. This Sunday however he finally faces an opponent he could potentially beat single-handedly. New England are giving up 273.4 yards passing per game, a remarkably poor showing for a team with a 4-1 record.

Tom Brady has been forced to save the Patriots from their defensive struggles in 2010 but he’s going to have a hard time doing it this weekend. While New England performed solidly in the passing game in their first game without Randy Moss, it will be tough to see them repeat the feat on the road at San Diego. The Chargers defense remains an effective unit despite San Diego’s losing record. Opponents are averaging just 163.7 passing yards per game against them. A tendency to make mistakes, rather than a lack of defensive talent, is the reason the Bolts currently have a losing record. I like San Diego to keep errors to a minimum at home and pick up the win. Bet on the San Diego Chargers as -2.0 favorites with Sports Interaction.

Rams look for big road win Sam Bradford has shown tremendous leadership for a rookie quarterback but he will need to raise his game again this weekend. The Rams travel to Tampa Bay in search of their first road win of the season. Both of these teams have over-achieved in the early part of the season but it’s St Louis which looks better placed to make a run at the post-season.

The Rams were routed in their last road game at Detroit but rebounded well to beat San Diego last week. Tampa Bay meanwhile finally appears to be slowing after a 31-6 beat-down at the hands of New Orleans. NFL betting fans know how important momentum can be and that’s why I like the Rams in this game. St Louis are on a high after last week’s win and know the NFC West is there for the taking. Tampa Bay’s players won’t have that same confident air as they are in a much tougher race in the NFC South. I’m going to go with the confident team here. Bet on the St Louis Rams as +2.5 underdogs with Sports Interaction.