There has been no movement on the line for this game all week long. Los Angeles opened as a 6.5-point favorite and they remain at that number as of Saturday night. The majority of bets against the spread, 58 percent, are backing the Chargers at home in this one.
Similar to the line, there has been very little movement on the total for this game. The contest opened with an over/under number of 44 and it's gone down slightly to 43.5 points. A slight majority, 53 percent, of the bets on the total have backed the under to this point.
Game-time Weather: It looks like a pleasant day on the gridiron as the temperature at kickoff is expected to be in the mid-70s with the real-feel temperature just pushing over the 80 degree mark. There is plenty of hazy sunshine in the forecast with no rain in sight. Winds are expected from the southwest between five and 10 miles per hour.
Panthers Trying To Pick Up First WinThe Carolina Panthers lost their first two games of the season and are currently tied with the Atlanta Falcons at the bottom of the NFC South standings. They will try to put an end to their streak with a win over the Chargers.
Carolina has played well offensively, averaging 23.5 points per game. They are averaging 299 passing yards and 108 rushing yards per game.
Teddy Bridgewater has completed 55 of 76 passes for 636 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. Christian McCaffrey has rushed for 156 yards and four touchdowns on 41 carries, while Robby Anderson leads the team with 15 receptions for 223 yards and one touchdown.
McCaffrey suffered a high-ankle sprain in their last game and is expected to miss at least three games.
Defensively, the Panthers haven’t played well, giving up 32.5 points per game. They will need to play better than they did in their first two games if they want to get the win.
OUT: CB Eli Apple, WR Omar Bayless, WR Keith Kirkwood, LB Jordan Mack, RB Christian McCaffrey, LB Christian Miller, P Michael Palardy
Doubtful: G Dennis Daley, DT Kawann Short
Questionable: T Russell Okung
Chargers Going For Second Win In Three GamesThe Chargers followed up their season-opening win with an overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Despite the disappointing result of their last game, they will go into this game with some confidence after going toe-to-toe with the defending champions.
Los Angeles has struggled offensively this season, averaging 18 points per game. They are averaging 2515 passing yards and 169 rushing yards per game.
Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert started for an injured Tyrod Taylor in their last game and completed 22 of 33 passes for 311 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. With Taylor still dealing with a chest injury, the Chargers have named Herbert their starter for this game.
Austin Ekeler leads the team with 177 rushing yards, while Hunter Henry leads the team with 11 receptions for 156 yards.
Defensively, the Chargers have done a good job, holding opponents to 18 points per game. They will pick up the win on Sunday if they continue playing well on the defensive end.
OUT: LB Asmir Bilal, DE Melvin Ingram III, RB Justin Jackson, S Derwin James Jr., DT Justin Jones, C Mike Pouncey, QB Tyrod Taylor, LB Drue Tranquill
Doubtful: LB Nick Vigil
Questionable: S Rayshawn Jenkins
Los Angeles is:
- 3-0-2 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
- 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Los Angeles hasn’t played well offensively, averaging 18 points per game, but their offense looked much better with Herbert under center in their last game and they shouldn’t have trouble scoring on the Panthers, who are giving up 32.5 points per game. The Chargers have done well on the defensive end, giving up 18 points per game. With McCaffrey expected to miss this game, Carolina’s offense will be one-dimensional because the team’s second-leading rusher is wide receiver Curtis Samuel, who has 31 yards, while their third-leading rusher is Bridgewater, who has 26 yards for the Panthers. With the defense going after Bridgewater in this game, the Panthers will have a hard time scoring in this game, making the Chargers the smart play.
Prediction: Los Angeles Chargers -6.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Carolina is averaging 23.5 points per game, but their offense isn’t going to score a lot of points in this game because the Chargers are giving up 18 points per game and will be able to focus mainly on stopping the pass with McCaffrey out of the game. The Chargers are averaging 18 points per game and will go over their average against the Panthers, who are giving up 32.5 points per game, but they won’t score enough to push the score over the total.
Prediction: Under 43.5
Half-Time Side Pick
The Chargers will win the first half of this game because they have outplayed the Panthers in the first half of their games, averaging 10 points per game while the Panthers average 7.5 points per game.
Prediction: Los Angeles Chargers
Half-Time Total Bet
The Chargers and Panthers are averaging 17.5 combined points per game in the first half of their games and will stay under the first half total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.