The Los Angeles Chargers (4-2) will battle the Tennessee Titans (3-3) across the pond on Sunday morning as part of the NFL’s 2018 London Series. Kickoff is set for 9:30 AM EST on Sunday, October 21st at Wembley Stadium. The game will be televised on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Chargers listed as as 7-point favorites. That line has changed only slightly after early betting, as Los Angeles is currently available at -6.5. The total for this matchup is 45 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 7 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Chargers vs Titans Vegas Odds & Game Preview
Tennessee got shut out by Baltimore last weekend, losing 21-0 to fall back to .500 on the season. The Titans couldn’t get anything going offensively all game long, as they allowed the Ravens to rack up 11 sacks and keep the off the scoreboard for four straight quarters. QB Marcus Mariota failed to throw a touchdown pass for the fourth time in his last five games, which has to be extremely troubling for the Tennessee coaching staff. Mariota has only thrown for 793 yards and two touchdowns so far this season, and he’s also been picked off four times. The Titans are almost dead-last in every single offensive category, including total offense (30th) and passing offense (30th). They are also scoring an average of just 14.5 points per game (30th).
Things have gone slightly better on the other side of the ball, as Tennessee is currently giving up an average of just 17.8 points per game (3rd) on 337.8 total yards per game (8th). They have been fantastic at defending against the pass, as opponents are currently averaging only 214.7 yards per game through the air (5th).
The Chargers improved to 4-2 on the season after reeling off their fourth straight victory. Los Angeles outplayed Cleveland on both sides of the ball en route to a 38-14 road win. RB Melvin Gordon III was the star of the game on offense, racking up 132 yards and three touchdowns on the afternoon. QB Phillip Rivers still isn’t showing any signs of aging, completing 68.6 percent of his passes for 1,702 yards and 15 touchdowns in just six games. The Chargers are currently averaging 29.2 points per game (5th) on 412.5 total yards (7th). They have been fantastic at moving the ball on the ground, averaging 137.3 rushing yards per game (6th).
Los Angeles has looked somewhat average defensively so far this season, as they are giving up an average of 24.0 points per game (15th) on 357.7 total yards. They have done a pretty good job of defending against the run, limiting opponents to an average of just 96.8 yards per game on the ground (11th).
Free NFL Betting Prediction: Chargers -6.5
While I’m certainly not the biggest fan of this ill-conceived “London Series” that the NFL insists on ramming down our throats, I am pretty excited to see Melvin Gordon III run all over yet another team this season. While Tennessee has been very solid against the pass and are currently giving up the third fewest points per game in the entire NFL, they have struggled to stop the rush. I’m expecting Gordon III to break the 100 yard mark yet again this weekend, something he has done twice already this season. I also don’t really have any confidence in Marcus Mariota to suddenly turn things around this weekend against a decent Chargers secondary.
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Tennessee is just 17-42-4 ATS over their past 63 games against AFC teams. They are also a brutal 0-9-1 ATS in their past ten games against the Chargers. The favorite is also 3-0-1 ATS over the last four meetings between these two teams. Los Angeles is 4-1 ATS over their past five games against AFC opponents. They are also 5-2 ATS in their past seven games as 3.5 to 10 point favorites.
Another important thing to note in this particular matchup is how badly Phillip Rivers has dominated Tennessee over the past several seasons. Rivers has gone 6-1 overall and passed for over 1,750 yards while adding 13 touchdowns in his seven career games against the Titans. While Tennessee has certainly looked much better against the pass so far this year, I don’t think that they will be able to shut down both Rivers and Gordon III on Sunday morning. The Chargers have recorded at least three touchdowns in every single game they have played so far this season – the only NFL team to do so. I’m fully expecting another offensive showcase for the fans in London this weekend, so I’ll lay the points and take Los Angeles to win their fourth consecutive game while also covering the spread.