Week 3 in the NFL concludes tonight when Brett Favre and the New York Jets travel to San Diego to take on the Chargers on Monday Night Football. Let’s take a look at the point spread, over/under total, trends, matchup and hand out a prediction for tonight’s game.
New York Jets (1-1, 1-0 Away) at San Diego Chargers (0-2, 0-1 Home)
Kickoff: 8:30 PM ET ESPN
Point Spread: Oddsmakers from online sports book SBG Global have made the Chargers 8.5-point favorites.
SAN DIEGO is 15-6 ATS (+8.4 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
SAN DIEGO is 13-3 ATS (+9.7 Units) against conference opponents over the last 2 seasons.
SAN DIEGO is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) off a division game over the last 2 seasons.
SAN DIEGO is 13-4 ATS (+8.6 Units) in games played on a grass field over the last 2 seasons.
SAN DIEGO is 15-6 ATS (+8.4 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
SAN DIEGO is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) as a home favorite of 7.5 to 10 points over the last 3 seasons.
SAN DIEGO is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) in all games where the total is between 42.5 and 49 points over the last 2 seasons.
SAN DIEGO is 10-24 ATS (-16.4 Units) in home games off a loss against a division rival since 1992.
The San Diego Chargers might have to lean on quarterback Philip Rivers and the passing game with both LaDainian Tomlinson and his backup, Darren Sproles, banged up this week. Rivers has been outstanding this season, completing 38 of his 60 pass attempts for 594 yards and six touchdowns. His favorite target this year has been Chris Chambers, who has hauled in five receptions for 127 yards and three touchdowns.
The Jets will try to bring a balanced offense into Qualcomm Stadium, in hopes to keep Rivers and Co. on the sidelines. Quarterback Brett Favre has been inconsistent so far in two games, but is completing over 68% of his passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns. If he can keep the turnovers to a minimum, the Jets should be able to control the clock with RB Thomas Jones (171 yards, 1 TD) and win the field position battle.
The Chargers are furious after not having a call go their way in a loss to the Broncos last Sunday. San Diego has lost both games this season in the final seconds of play and even without LT, the Chargers are looking to make a statement tonight. If the Jets can avoid the big play things close to the vest, they could walk away with a cover. But expect San Diego to go for the jugular early and often and run up the score at home. We predict the Chargers over the Jets 34-24.
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