Chargers vs. Cardinals Spread Prediction
The Chargers should rebound from their loss to the Broncos last week when they host the Cardinals but the bigger question is whether or not L.A. will cover. Are the Bolts a safe bet as a big favorite today?
267 Arizona Cardinals at 268 Los Angeles Chargers
4:05 p.m. ET, Sunday, November 25
StubHub Center, Carson, California
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Chargers are 14-point favorites to beat the Cardinals. The total, meanwhile, sits at 43.5 points. As of this writing, 62% of the public betting tickets are on the Chargers to cover the point spread.
Josh Rosen completed 9-of-20 passes for 136 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions in the Cardinals' 23-21, Week 11 loss to the Raiders. If you were forced to start Rosen in a two-quarterback league in a week with six teams on bye you are not complaining, but he struggled mightily in this one. Both of Rosen's picks were terrible decisions into crowded areas, and he was consistently a beat or two slow with his decision making. Even a critical late completion to Christian Kirk to set up a touchdown should have been intercepted. Rosen's biggest play was a 59-yard screen score where Kirk did all the work. Having difficulty adjusting to NFL game speed with a thin supporting cast, Rosen will not be stuffing any stat sheets down the stretch. The Cardinals are headed on the road to Los Angeles to face the Chargers in Week 12.
Los Angeles Chargers
Philip Rivers completed 28-of-43 passes for 401 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions while losing four yards on his lone carry Sunday in the Chargers' Week 11 loss to the Broncos. He took three sacks for a loss of 17 yards. Sunday marked the veteran's first multi-interception game of the season. His first pick came on a pass intended for Tyrell Williams while Von Miller came up with the second and almost took it back for a pick-six. Rivers' touchdown throws went to Keenan Allen and veteran tight end Antonio Gates, who had his best game of the season by far with five catches for 80 yards on seven targets. The 37-year-old NC State product made an inexplicable mistake late in the fourth quarter by throwing the ball away on third down instead of taking a sack, which would have kept the clock running. The incompletion essentially gave the Broncos a free timeout and allowed them to drive down the field for a game-winning field goal in the closing seconds. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Bolts. They'll try to get back in the win column next week against the Cardinals.
NFL Betting Trends
The Cardinals are 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five road games but are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games played in the month of November.
The Chargers are 1-4 against the spread in their last five home games but 5-2 ATS in their last seven games when facing a team with a losing record.
I don’t mind laying over two touchdowns with the Chargers today because they got their letdown out of the way last week versus Denver. This should be a focused, motivated L.A. team that hosts an Arizona squad that couldn’t hold a late lead versus a tanking Oakland team at home a week ago. The Chargers will harass the rookie Rosen into a couple of mistakes and they should be able to pull away in the second half if the game is remotely close at halftime.
NFL Week 12 Prediction: Los Angeles Chargers -14