Los Angeles Chargers will meet New England Patriots in one of the most interesting matches of the NFL 2021 Week 8. The hosts slipped away from the winning track, and they will search for the way back. The away side has slightly improved its form lately, and they look forward to celebrating another victory.
Los Angeles aims for the post-season spot, and they still have a chance to reach the playoffs. The home side wants to start another winning streak, but the opponent is pretty tricky. On the other hand, New England could have done better so far, but they show signs of improvement. The visitors booked two wins in the previous three rounds and will seek another one.
Los Angeles Chargers – Can they stay in the race for the top spot?
The AFC West is going to be the most exciting division to follow, as all four teams are in the race for the playoffs spot. Only two wins separate the top team and the one in the basement, while the Chargers are second on the standings with a 4-2 record. Los Angeles comes from a 34-6 defeat against the Ravens last weekend, and they want a much better display in front of the home crowd. That defeat ended the Chargers’ three-game winning streak, and the hosts search for a chance to bounce back immediately.
Justin Herbert passed for only 195 yards against the Ravens, while the Chargers gained just 208 total yards in the offense. This season, Herbert has thrown for 1,771 yards with 14 TDs and four interceptions. Mike Williams leads the receiving corps with 498 yards and six touchdowns, while Austin Ekeler has been the leading rusher with 356 yards and four scores. On the other hand, Joey Bosa sacked the rival’s quarterbacks 3.5 times, while Derwin James Jr. logged 50 total tackles.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Austin Ekeler, Mike Williams, Keenan Allen, Jalen Guyton, Jared Cook, Gabe Nabers, Rashawn Slater, Matt Feiler, Corey Linsley, Michael Schofield III, Storm Norton
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Jerry Tillery, Linval Joseph, Christian Covington, Joey Bosa, Nick Niemann, Kyzir White, Uchenna Nwosu, Chris Harris Jr., Derwin James Jr., Mark Webb Jr., Michael Davis
Quarter Back: Justin Herbert
Kicker: Tristan Vizcaino
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New England Patriots – Can they get back to the top-spot race?
The Patriots cannot be satisfied with their current record, although they sit in 2nd place in the AFC East. The visitors celebrated only three wins in seven rounds, but two came in the last three rounds. They were dominant against the Jets in the previous match, booking a 54-13 victory and gaining 551 yards in the offense. Mac Jones had a very good display, as he went 307 yards through the air with a pair of touchdowns.
New England’s quarterback has passed for 1,779 yards so far with nine TDs and six interceptions, while he was sacked 14 times. Jakobi Meyers is the leading receiver with 390 yards, while Damien Harris rushed for 437 yards and five scores. On Defense, Matt Judon logged a team-high 6.5 sacks, while Kyle Dugger has 48 total tackles.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Damien Harris, Nelson Agholor, Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne, Hunter Henry, Jakob Johnson, Isaiah Wynn, Ted Karras, David Andrews, Yasir Durant, Mike Onwenu
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Deatrich Wise Jr., Lawrence Guy, Davon Godchaux, Ronnie Perkins, Matt Judon, Ja’Whaun Bentley, Kyle Van Noy, J.C. Jackson, Kyle Dugger, Cody Davis, Jalen Mills
Quarter Back: Mac Jones
Kicker: Nick Folk
Expert Pick #1 – Los Angeles Chargers -4 @+3300
It was a bad day in the office for the Chargers last weekend, and I believe the hosts can get back on the winning track. Although the Patriots have been pretty unpredictable, Los Angeles can see them off by four points at least. I’ll take the Chargers to cover the number as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 49 @+3300
Los Angeles produced only six points against Baltimore, but they have been pretty efficient lately. They scored 47 against the Brownd a week before, while the Pats haven’t been that tight in defense. I anticipate a high-scoring match that should go over a 49 margin, so I’ll take it as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Chargers & Over 40.5 @+105
If you like combos with solid odds, the Chargers to win in a match with over 40.5 points might be a good choice for you. If this pick wins, you can double your stake and get nice profits. With the spread removed and decreased margin on the totals, this tip might bring us some money.