Miami Dolphins vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 9-17-2017 - Expert Prediction
Written by: Nikhil Kalro
Miami Dolphins at Los Angeles Chargers
NFL: StubHub Center, Carson, California at 4:05 PM ET, Sunday, September 17, 2017
The Line: Los Angeles Chargers -4
The Los Angeles Chargers host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon at the StubHub Center. The Dolphins’ season opener was postponed due to Hurricane Irma, while the Chargers were beaten by the Denver Broncos in week 1.
There are bigger concerns for Miami and the Dolphins than football currently. Hurricane Irma has continuously pounded Florida, which forced the postponement of their season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The players and their relatives have been flown to Los Angeles to train during the week, but there is surely an emotional fallout that could be waiting for the Dolphins when they finally get on the field.
“For us, obviously, we need to stay safe,” Chad Henne said. “There’s no need to put a plane into the storm, but you worry about the families here and you worry about the community, but at the same time we have a job to do on Sunday and we’ve got to worry about that first and hopefully everything will be okay back home.”
Rivers almost takes Chargers past Broncos in thriller
The Los Angeles Chargers nearly completed a stellar comeback against the Denver Broncos, but it was just not to be. With seconds on the clock, Shelby Harris got a game-changing block in to intervene with Younghoe Koo’s 44-yard game-tying field-goal attempt. The Broncos edged it out 24-21.
“It’s too bad because Koo drilled the first one,” Phillip Rivers said. “And they called timeout and I think he drilled the second one, too. At least, that’s what it looked like to me because it was going right down the middle. And I think if we get to OT, we would have finished it off, but we didn’t get that chance.”
Down 24-7 heading into the fourth quarter, Rivers came alive after a lackluster opening three quarters, devising a terrific comeback to almost eke past the Broncos.
Miami Dolphins are:
- 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games in Week 2.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in September.
Los Angeles Chargers are:
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games when playing on Sunday following a Monday night game.
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 2.
- 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 games in September.
The Chargers have got in an early loss, which is not necessarily a bad thing. They know exactly where to go from here. The nature of their comeback will buoy them further.
The Pick: Los Angeles Chargers -4
Nikhil has been working with ESPN since the age of 18 and covers cricket for their website ESPNcricinfo. When not writing or editing news, game reports, commentary and analysis stories, he is following American sports. A love for stats and patterns, research and results and plain simple learning with a few years of handicapping experience makes him almost 0.500 reliable. A degree in business administration and a keen eye for volatile industries like the stock market help too.
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