Break up the Los Angeles Chargers. A week after ending a nine-game overall losing streak, the Bolts stopped a four-game skid to the Raiders and a five-game winless stretch against AFC West foes by handling Oakland 17-16. Maybe things are starting to turnaround for the Bolts. We’ll get a chance to see if that’s the case when they battle the Denver Broncos in a Week 7 home game.
Close defeats had been the norm for the Chargers during their nine-game winless stretch with five of the losses by a field goal or less. Four of those games came this season, which led us to believe the Chargers were a decent team that just had a stretch of bad luck. The kicking game took much of the blame with two losses coming misses by former kicker Younghoe Koo. Anthony Lynn parted ways with the rookie for veteran Nick Novak, and he delivered the game-winner against the Raiders.
The defense continues to play well and the group did a number on Derek Carr, holding him to 171 yards while intercepting a pair of passes. And the group is about to get stronger with linebacker Denzel Perryman expected to return to practice this week. He’s not eligible to play until Week 10, but that’s good news for a group that’s kept the team in most of its games. The offense is still working out some kinks and the passing game should be better now that first-round pick Mike Williams has returned. He played just 10 snaps in his NFL debut with a 15-yard catch on his only target, but he’ll be integrated more into the offense giving Philip Rivers another big target to work with.
2017 Record: 2-4
2017 ATS Record: 2-3-1
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 3-3
Current Super Bowl Odds: +10000
Current Odds to Win AFC: +7500
Current Odds to Win AFC West: +1600
Current NFL Odds: Chargers -1.5
Over/Under Total: 42
Week 6: Chargers 17, Raiders 16
ATS Result: Chargers +3
Over/Under Total Result: Under 48.5
The kicks went in favor of the Chargers this time and they won outright as a 3-point pup for their second straight cover. A missed Raiders extra point following their go-ahead score gave Rivers the chance to drive for the win and he did. Taking over at their own 8-yard line with just over four minutes left, Rivers engineered a 78-yard drive that ended with Novak’s game-winner and no time on the clock.
Week 5: Chargers 27, Giants 22
ATS Result: Chargers +3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 45.5
The Chargers won SU and ATS for the first time this season by making plays at the end of the game. Rivers tossed the game-winning TD pass after Ingram got him the ball with a strip sack and recovery and the Bolts scored the game’s final 10 points. The Giants were playing without a full-deck at the end of the game with four receivers lost to injury, but they got no sympathy from the Chargers, who are all too familiar with a makeshift roster.
Week 4: Eagles 26, Chargers 24
ATS Result: Eagles +2
Over/Under Total Result: Over 48
Another slow start doomed the Chargers. A turnover on the first possession followed by a pair of punts and the Eagles converted each time for a 13-0 lead. Rivers did his best to get the Bolts back in the contest, throwing for 347 yards and a pair of scores. But the defense couldn’t stop Philly after getting within 26-24. The Eagles burned off the final 6:44 never giving Rivers a chance as the Chargers failed to cover for the fourth straight game.
Week 3: Chiefs 24, Chargers 10
ATS Result: Chiefs -3
Over/Under Total Result: Under 47.5
It was a bad start and a bad end, but in between is more of what the Chargers are looking for. Two early turnovers led to 14 KC points and the Chargers never recovered, failing to cover the spread for the third time. Rivers had problems with three picks, but the Chargers defense was strong, getting after Smith for five sacks while cashing the under for a second straight game.
Week 2: Dolphins 19, Chargers 17
ATS Result: Dolphins +3.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 46
It was another heart-breaking loss for the Chargers, who saw the potential game-winning field goal sail wide as time expired. It didn’t need to be, though. LA took a 17-10 lead on a Philip Rivers to Antonio Gates scoring pass midway through the third quarter. But the Chargers couldn’t build on that, punting the ball away on their next two possessions and allowing the Dolphins score the game’s final nine points.
Week 1: Broncos 24, Chargers 21
ATS Result: PUSH Chargers +3
Over/Under Total Result: Over 41.5
It looked like a certain ATS loss when the Chargers entered the fourth quarter trailing 24-7. But never count out Rivers, who engineered a pair of scoring drives following Denver turnovers, and had LA knocking on the door in the waning seconds. The Chargers had a couple of opportunities for a game-winning touchdown, but instead settled for a field goal attempt. It failed and the teams pushed while cashing the over.
Preseason Record: 1-3
ATS Record: 1-3
Over/Under Total Record: 1-3
The Chargers broke a 10-game losing streak to AFC West foes by knocking off the Broncos in San Diego last season. They then lost their final three games to their division rivals and are a pathetic 1-13 SU and a respectable 6-8 ATS in their last 14 matchups with their division counterparts.
Week 1: Chargers at Broncos, Monday, September 11, 10:20 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 2: Chargers vs. Dolphins, Sunday, September 17, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 3: Chargers vs. Chiefs, Sunday, September 24, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 4: Chargers vs. Eagles, Sunday, October 1, 4:05 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 5: Chargers at Giants, Sunday, October 8, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 6: Chargers at Raiders, Sunday, October 15, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 7: Chargers vs. Broncos, Sunday, October 22, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 8: Chargers at Patriots, Sunday, October 29, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 9: Bye Week
Week 10: Chargers at Jaguars, Sunday, November 12, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 11: Chargers vs. Bills, Sunday, November 19, 4:05 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 12: Chargers at Cowboys, Thursday, November 23, 4:30 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 13: Chargers vs. Browns, Sunday, December 3, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 14: Chargers vs. Redskins, Sunday, December 10, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 15: Chargers at Chiefs, Saturday, December 16, 8:25 p.m. ET – NFL
Week 16: Chargers at Jets, Sunday, December 24, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 17: Chargers vs. Raiders, Sunday, December 31, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
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