Los Angeles Chargers at Detroit Lions NFL Picks 9/15/2019
Sunday, September 15, 2019
Ford Field is the site where Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions will play the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Los Angeles opens this matchup as 3.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 47. The Chargers are 1-0-0 ATS and 1-0-0 when betting on the total. The Lions are 1-0-0 when wagering on the over/under and 0-0-1 against the spread.
The last time they played, the Los Angeles Chargers faced the Indianapolis Colts and won 30-24. Running the show from under center for the Chargers was Philip Rivers who went 25/34 with 333 yards through the air and completed 3 touchdowns. He walked away with 1 pick in the game. Austin Ekeler paced the team on the ground in the game. He broke a long run for 19 yards and he added 1 touchdown for the game. He rushed for 58 yards on 12 carries which meant he averaged 4.8 yards per run. Keenan Allen was the leader in receiving yardage with a tally of 123 yards on 8 receptions. He earned an average of 15.4 yards per catch in the game.
The Chargers head into this matchup 1-0 for 2019. They are a team that has one of the most potent offenses in the AFC West and they have the ability to run the score up on teams. For total yardage, they sit in 4th in the conference and 9th in the league with 435 yards. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, the Chargers have compiled a total of 3 passing TDs and 1 rushing touchdown. They are one of top scoring teams in the league averaging 30 points per game, ranking them 8th in the league. As a unit, they are averaging 125 rushing yards per game which is 1st in the conference.
The Chargers have one of the average defenses in the league, allowing 24 points per contest putting them 8th in the AFC. In discussing rushing yards, Los Angeles is giving up 203 yards per contest ranking them 4th in the AFC West and 31st in the league. Opposing teams are running for an average of 6.2 yards per rush which has them at 15th among AFC teams and 29th among NFL teams overall. In total, they have conceded 125 yards rushing through 1 contest. When it comes to yards through the air, the Chargers have conceded 173 yards. Teams are completing 77.8% of the passes they throw against them and averaging 6.0 yards per try. They have conceded 2 passing TDs and 1 rushing touchdown.
In their last outing, the Detroit Lions played the Arizona Cardinals and left with a tie by a score of 27-27. Kerryon Johnson paced the team in rushing during the game. He had a long run of 9 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He rushed for 49 yards by way of 16 carries which meant he averaged 3.1 yards per run. T.J. Hockenson was the leader in receiving yardage with a total of 131 yards on 6 catches. He earned an average of 21.8 yards per catch during the game. Running the show from under center for the Lions was Matthew Stafford who went 27/45 with 385 yards passing and added 3 TD's. He finished this contest without throwing a pick.
The Lions head into this game 0-0-1. Detroit is having a year to forget in the ground game by averaging 116 yards on the ground per game, ranking them 14th in the league. As a team, they have compiled a total of 116 rushing yards through 1 game, so they'll need to look to improve on these numbers if they want to compete with the better teams in the league. The Lions average 477 yards per contest overall putting them 5th among NFL teams and 3rd in the NFC. When looking at their ability to score points, the Lions sit in 2nd among NFC North teams and 14th out of all the teams in the league averaging 27 points per contest.
The Lions are giving up 27 points per game ranking them 4th among NFC North teams and 18th in the NFL. Their passing defense is one of the middling groups in the NFL. They are conceding 275 passing yards per contest. For passing yards allowed per game, the Lions sit in 10th among NFC teams. They have conceded 2 passing touchdowns for the 2019 season. In regard to points given up, they have allowed 27 points in total. When it comes to yards rushing, they are giving up 112 yards per game ranking them 17th in the league and 4th among NFC North teams. For the 2019 season, they have conceded a total of 112 yards on the ground and 0 rushing TDs.
Who will win tonight's Chargers/Lions NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Chargers -3.5
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