Tennessee Titans vs. Los Angeles Chargers Pick - Odds and ATS Predictions
We have a London game in Week 7 game between the Tennessee Titans and the Los Angeles Chargers. The Titans are in a three-way tie for first place in the AFC South with a 3-3 record, while the Chargers sit behind the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West with a 4-2 record of their own.
The ‘home’ teams continue to struggle in England as the Raiders were tabbed as the “home team” in the Week 6 contest, but fell to the Seahawks 27-3. In four games in Europe last year, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Los Angeles Rams won as the designated home clubs, while the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns failed to prevail in that spot.
Points Plentiful in London
The over had been a hot bet in any London matchup prior to this past week; the over has paid out in 11 of the last 17 matchups between NFL teams in London. The Chargers are the designated “home” team in this Week 7 matchup and are favored -6.5 over the Titans.
The Chargers are going for their fourth straight win against the Titans as the all-time series record is in favor of LA at 27-17-1. Back in November of 2016, the Chargers defeated the Titans 43-35 in a high scoring affair.
Melvin Gordon got the full workload in that matchup carrying the ball 32 times for 196 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. Gordon has been one of the premier running backs this season with 466 rushing yards and 6 TDs on the ground, as well as 30 receptions for 279 yards and 3 receiving TDs.
Los Angeles Seeking Fourth Straight Win
The Chargers are winners of three straight games led by veteran quarterback Philip Rivers. Rivers has been very productive this season throwing for 1,702 yards and a 15:3 TD to INT ratio. Los Angeles has been a run-first offense this season averaging 137.3 rushing yards a game which ranks them 6th best in the league.
Keenan Allen leads the team in receiving with 36 catches, 434 yards, and one touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball rookie safety, Derwin Dames is second on the team with 36 total tackles.
The injury report for the Chargers in this game has Travis Benjamin limited in Thursday’s practice, putting him on track to return this week. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport wrote it “sounds like” kicker Caleb Sturgis will miss another game as Michael Badgley will get the nod if Sturgis can’t go.
Titans Struggling Heading Across Pond
The Titans are losers of their last two games and look to snag a win in London to hold onto first place in the AFC South. Marcus Mariota has only started four games this season, passing for 793 yards with just a 2:4 TD to INT ratio.
The run game between Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis has been non-existent this season as the team ranks 22ndin rushing yards averaging just 98.5 a game. The Chargers give up the 11thfewest number of rushing yards per game allowing an average of 96.8.
Corey Davis leads the team in receiving with 27 receptions for 385 yards and one touchdown. With new head coach Mike Vrabel the defense has been exceptional ranking top ten in the league in total yards allowed (337 passing yards (214.7) and points (17).
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Tennessee vs Chargers Prediction 10/21/2018
Defenses Thrive in London
Expect this to be a lower-scoring game than usual as both the Titans and Chargers have more than capable defensive units. The Titans offense has been inconsistent, and passing might be difficult against such a talented Los Angeles secondary. With that said, the lack of running game from the Titans leads us to believe the Chargers come out victorious 24-14.