For the eighth time this season, the Chargers took a loss. And for the eighth time this season, the Chargers lost by one possession. Philip Rivers (DFS salary $5,600) is notorious for coming close to winning throughout his career, but this season has been on another level. Following last week’s loss to the Drew Lock-led Broncos, the Chargers will travel to Jacksonville to take on the also 4-8 Jaguars.
We were all introduced to Gardner Minshew ($5,400) after Nick Foles suffered an injury in Week 1. Then, upon Foles’ return to health in Week 11, Minshew was pushed back to the bench. But after three weeks of mediocrity from Foles, the Jags put Gardner back in charge and he immediately showed more promise than his fellow teammate. He’ll likely remain the starter for the season, but he’ll face a tough Chargers defense this week. Although, if a first-time NFL QB can come in and throw two touchdowns in a win over LA, why can’t Minshew?
The Chargers are theoretically the better team here. With guys like Keenan Allen ($6,600), Melvin Gordon ($6,400), Austin Ekeler ($6,300) and Hunter Henry ($5,100), there’s no lack of talent. It’s just a matter of finishing games. You have to think that they can exploit Jacksonville’s weak run defense (allowing the fifth-most yards per game), especially with Melvin Gordon averaging 92 yards over his last three games. I’m going to take the over here, letting my skepticism of the Chargers get the best of me as far as the spread is concerned.
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Chargers at Jaguars
Point Spread: Jaguars +3
Total Points: 43
Money Line: Chargers -180; Jaguars +155
Overall 2019: Chargers 4-8; Broncos 4-8
ATS 2019: Chargers 3-7-2; Jaguars 5-7
O/U 2019: Chargers 4-8; Jaguars 6-6
- Questionable: LB Nick Dzubnar (concussion)
- Doubtful: TE Seth DeValve (oblique)
- Questionable: S Ronnie Harrison (concussion)
Notable Prop Bets
Jaguars moneyline and under parlay +325
Jaguars 1H spread +2.5 -112
Chargers under 2.5 touchdowns -132
- The Chargers have lost six of their last seven games as favorites.
- The Chargers have failed to cover the spread in each of their last six games against AFC opponents.
- Sixteen of the Chargers’ last 20 games in December have gone UNDER the total points line.
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