Los Angeles at New England: Free NFL Playoff Pick
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The Los Angeles Chargers head to the East Coast this Sunday to square off against the New England Patriots in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs. Game time from Gillette Stadium is set for 1:05 p.m. on CBS.
The Chargers were out on the East Coast last Sunday and they came away with a 23-17 victory against Baltimore as three-point road underdogs in the Wild Card Round. The total stayed UNDER 43 points in that game and it has stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ closing line in four of their last five contests. Los Angeles is 6-1 straight-up in its last seven games with a 5-2 record against the spread. It has gone 8-1 ATS in nine previous road games this season.
Philip Rivers went an efficient 22-for-32 throwing the ball on Sunday for 160 yards and Melvin Gordon added another 40 yards and a touchdown running the ball on 17 carries. However, the Chargers needed a big effort from their defense to secure the win. This unit only allowed a total of 229 yards on the day while sacking Lamar Jackson seven times for a loss of 55 yards.
The well-rested Patriots are attempting to take that first step towards their third Super Bowl appearance in a row. They closed out the regular season with a pair of SU wins at home against Buffalo and the New York Jets to finish 11-5 SU with a 9-7 record ATS. The total stayed UNDER 46.5 points in the 38-3 victory against the Jets in Week 17 and it has stayed UNDER BetAnySports’ closing line in 11 of 16 games this year. New England is 6-2 ATS in eight home games this season.
Everyone knows that this team’s past Super Bowl runs have relied heavily on the play of its quarterback Tom Brady. He threw for 4,355 yards and 29 touchdowns in the regular season as a big part of New England’s 27.3-point scoring average. With tight end Rob Gronkowski in and out of the lineup due to injury, his top target in the passing game this year was Julian Edelman with 74 receptions for 850 yards and six scores.
It is hard to go against New England at home during the playoffs, but the Chargers are more than capable of winning this game SU. I am going to take the four points on the road with Los Angeles keeping things close enough to cover.