San Diego Chargers at New England Patriots NFL Week 2 Pick
- Updated: September 17, 2011
NFL Betting Previews- San Diego Chargers at New England Patriots
Point spread by VietBet: New England -6.5
Offense will be on display this upcoming Sunday afternoon when the San Diego Chargers head to the East Coast to square-off against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium . The game kicks-off at 4:15 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on CBS.
San Diego grinded-out a 24-17 victory over Minnesota in its home opener last Sunday as a nine-point favorite with the total staying ‘under’ the 41.5-point line. The Chargers were able to erase a 17-7 deficit at halftime behind Mike Tolbert’s seven-yard run for a score in the third quarter and his 19-yard catch for the game winning score in the fourth. Philip Rivers ended-up throwing for 335 yards and two scores, but was also picked-off twice.
Special teams remain an issue for the Chargers after the Vikings’ Percy Harvin returned the opening kick-off 103 yards for a score on a play that ended kicker Nate Kaeding’s season with a torn ACL.
New England worked its no-huddle offense to perfection in a 38-24 win over Miami in its opener as a seven-point road favorite on Monday night. The total in this one went well ‘over’ the 46.5-point line.
Tom Brady looked as good as ever, passing for 517 yards and four TD’s. He did an incredible job of spreading the ball around to eight different receivers, but his favorite target, Wes Welker, led the way with eight catches for 160 yards and two scores, including a 99-yard catch-and-run in the fourth quarter that put the game away for good.
The Chargers are 5-2-1 against the spread in their last eight games against the AFC, but just 2-5-1 ATS in their last eight road games. The total has stayed ‘under’ in five of San Diego’s last eight games overall.
The Patriots are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against the AFC and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall. The total has gone ‘over’ in 14 of New England’s last 16 games as a favorite.
Head-to-head, this series has favored the underdog, which is 6-2 ATS in the last eight meetings. The total has gone ‘over’ in four of the last five games played at Foxborough. Last season New England won 23-20 as a 2.5-point road underdog in a game that stayed ‘under’ the 48.5-point line.
This one is definitely going ‘over’ the total as it remains a back and forth shootout until the final gun.
The Free NFL Pick: New England 31 San Diego 28