The Los Angeles Chargers travel to Michigan this weekend to battle the Detroit Lions. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on September 15th at Ford Field and the game will be broadcast on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Lions listed as 2.5-point home underdogs. That line has yet to change after early betting, as Detroit is currently available at +2.5. The total for this matchup is 48 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 2 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Lions vs Chargers Vegas Game Odds & Betting Preview
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers got off to a good start to the regular season in Week 1, beating the Indianapolis Colts at home 30-24 in overtime to move to 1-0 overall. Los Angeles came out flying in the first half, taking a 17-6 lead into the locker room at halftime. However, Indianapolis really turned it on in the second half, outscoring the Chargers 18-7 to force overtime. Despite the setback, Austin Ekeler scored his third touchdown of the game during extra time to seal the victory for the Chargers. Ekeler was fantastic in the starting role, and now appears to be in full control of the back field until Melvin Gordon Jr. returns from his holdout. QB Phillip Rivers also played quite well, going 25/34 for 333 yards and three touchdowns. While Ekeler led the way on the ground with 58 rushing yards and one touchdown, he also caught six passes for 96 yards and another two touchdowns. WR Keenan Allen had a monster game as well, hauling in eight passes for 123 yards and a touchdown.
The Los Angeles defense didn’t have their best outing in Week 1, especially in the second half. Despite holding the Colts to just six points over the first two quarters of the game, Indianapolis rallied to score two key touchdowns down the stretch. RB Marlon Mack was a huge problem for the Chargers, racking up a game-high 174 rushing yards on 25 carries.
The Lions are coming off a rare Week 1 draw, as they battled the Arizona Cardinals to a 27-27 stalemate and now sit at 0-0-1 on the season. Detroit looked to be well on their way to a statement victory, leading 17-3 at the half. However, Kyler Murray shook off some his rookie jitters in the second half, as Arizona scored 18 points in the 4th quarter to force overtime. QB Matthew Stafford had a big game, going 27/45 for 385 yards and three touchdowns. RB Kerryon Johnson underwhelmed on the ground, rushing for just 49 yards on 16 carries. The biggest story on offense for the Lions may have been rookie TE T.J. Hockenson, as the big man exploded for 131 yards and a touchdown in his first-ever NFL game. As a whole, the offense scored three touchdowns on just under 500 total yards.
The Lions defense certainly had an up and down performance in Week 1, giving up just a field goal over the first two quarters before giving up 21 points in the second half. Detroit really struggled against the pass, allowing veteran WR Larry Fitzgerald to haul in eight receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: UNDER 48
The current spread of 2.5-points seems pretty bang on to me, as I’m not seeing a ton of value with either team. While I would likely take the Chargers to win outright on the road, I am a bit concerned with how brutal Detroit’s schedule looks over the next several weeks. There is a very real chance that they could be sitting at 0-6 overall in the middle of October if they can’t find a way to get it done at home on Sunday here in Week 2. A highly motivated team is a dangerous team, so I’m going to steer clear of this spot altogether despite leaning towards the Chargers. However, the UNDER looks pretty appealing at 48-points, as I think this will be an ugly, defense-first type of game. While both Detroit and Los Angeles had a ton of success on offense in Week 1, it is important to remember that they were playing against two of the NFL’s worst defenses in 2018.
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It is also important to note that the total has gone UNDER in four out of the last five games the Chargers have played against the NFC North. Perhaps even more importantly, it has also gone UNDER in seven out of Detroit’s last eight games overall and in five straight games played at Ford Field. Even though I am tempted to take Los Angeles against the spread, I’m going to take a shot with the UNDER on 48 instead.