New England Patriots vs Los Angeles Chargers Prediction, 10/31/2021 NFL Pick, Tips and Odds, Week 8
Game: New England Patriots vs Los Angeles Chargers
Date: Sunday, October 31, 2021
Location: SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Chargers (-5.5)
SoFi Stadium is the site where the Los Angeles Chargers (4-2) will attempt to beat the New England Patriots (3-4) on Sunday. New England opens this matchup as 5.5-point dogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The total is 49.
The New England Patriots head into this game 3-4 for this season. In their last game, the Patriots faced the Jets and took home the win by a score of 54-13. Damien Harris was the best rusher for the Patriots with 14 attempts for 106 yds (7.6 yards per carry). Jakobi Meyers left with an average of 8.8 yards per catch by earning 44 yds on 5 receptions. Mac Jones connected on 24/36 with 307 yards through the air and 2 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rate of 111.7 and ended the contest with no interceptions. In the running game, the Patriots gave up 62 yds on 17 tries, which is an average of 3.6 yds per run surrendered. New England allowed 26 completions on 42 tries for a total of 237 yds, and a completion rate of 61.9%. In the game, they tallied 74 plays which gave them 551 yards. The New England Patriots ran the ball 32 times and accumulated 148 yds, which came out to an average of 4.6 yards per attempt.
Regarding putting the ball in the endzone, the New England Patriots hold an average of 25.6 PPG. As a unit they average 95.4 yards on the ground ranking this team at 23rd in the league. The Patriots have attained 2,485 total yards over the course of this year. New England has recorded 87 first downs, and they have been called for 42 infractions for 414 yards. They have given the ball to the opposition 11 different times (6 picks and 5 fumbles). When it comes to getting the ball in the endzone, New England has compiled 10 touchdowns via the pass and 9 rushing touchdowns.
The Patriots rank 6th in the NFL in relation to their opponents scoring, allowing 20.0 points per game. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 3.8 yards per run and 105.6 rushing yards per game this year. Overall, they have conceded 739 yards via the ground game in 7 games. When talking about yards through the air, the Patriots have conceded 1,715 yards which has them ranked 19th in the National Football League. They are giving up 245.0 yards per contest via the pass and giving up a completion percentage of 62.2%. In total, they have yielded 350.6 yards/outing ranking them 12th in the National Football League. They have surrendered 10 touchdowns through the air as well as 4 touchdowns pounding the rock.
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The Chargers come into this game with a record of 4-2 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Chargers took a loss by a score of 34-6 when they played the Ravens. Austin Ekeler ran the football 6 times for 7 yds, walking away from the contest with 1.2 yds per attempt for Los Angeles. Keenan Allen was one of the featured targets for the Chargers, hauling in 5 passes for 50 yards (10.0 yds per catch). Justin Herbert (1 touchdown) finished the contest with 195 yds on 22/39 passing while his QB rating was 67.8. He threw 1 interception and his Y/A was 5 yards. Los Angeles relinquished 38 attempts on the ground for 187 yds (4.9 yards per carry). The Chargers passing defense gave up a completion rate of 70.4%, surrendering 140 yds on 19 out of 27 passing. The Chargers finished with a total of 208 yards while running 53 plays (3.9 yards per play). Los Angeles rushed for 2.2 yds per attempt, totaling 26 yds on 12 attempts.
When it comes to how much they score, the Chargers are 13th in the NFL with 24.7 PPG. During this campaign thus far, the Chargers have thrown for a total of 1,704 passing yards as well as an average of 284.0 passing yards per game, giving them a rank of 7th in football. They are averaging 94.7 run yards per game and have run for 568 yards for the season. The Los Angeles Chargers average 378.7 yards per outing which has them ranked 12th in the league. The Los Angeles offense has compiled 432 yds of penalties on 43 infractions, which ranks 14th in football in terms of helping out the other team. They have tossed 4 picks while letting opponents recover 2 fumbles and they have recorded 87 first downs.
The Chargers are surrendering 25.0 PPG, ranking them 22nd of all teams in the NFL. Los Angeles has conceded a total of 975 rushing yards (162.5 yards per contest) and 8 touchdowns via the rush for the season. They have yielded 9 touchdowns through the air as well as 201.8 yards per outing, ranking them 5th in the league. The Chargers defense has been on the field for 377 plays, which has them sitting 7th in football. Overall, they have conceded 150 total points. They have tallied 9 takeaways (3 fumbles and 6 interceptions) this season.
Who will win tonight's Patriots/Chargers NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Chargers -5.5
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