The Los Angeles Chargers (2-4) head to Nashville this weekend to battle the Tennessee Titans (2-4) in an-all AFC matchup. Kickoff is set for 4:05 PM EST on October 20th at Nissan Stadium and the game will be broadcast on FOX.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Titans listed as 2.5-point home favorites. The spread has moved down by half a point after early betting, as Tennessee is currently available at -2.5. The total for this matchup is 42 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 7 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Titans vs Chargers Game Odds & Betting Preview
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers lost their second straight game last weekend, falling 24-17 at home against Pittsburgh to drop to 2-4 on the season overall. Los Angeles gave up 14 unanswered points in the first quarter and never recovered, giving up ten more points before scoring two touchdowns late with the game already out of reach. QB Phillip Rivers had an up and down game, going 26/44 for 320 yards and two touchdowns but also getting picked off twice. Both Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler both basically did nothing on the ground, combining for just 32 rushing yards. TE Hunter Henry was the only player who got anything going offensively all game, hauling in eight catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns. As a whole, the Chargers gained just over 350 yards of total offense and scored two touchdowns in the defeat.
Los Angeles was pretty average defensively against the Steelers, giving up over 250 total yards of offense and two touchdowns. The Chargers really struggled to limit the damage done by Pittsburgh RB James Conner catching passes out of the backfield, as he made eight receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown.
The Titans are also in the middle of a two game losing streak after getting shutout 16-0 on the road in Denver last weekend. Tennessee only trailed 6-0 at the half but couldn’t get anything going offensively over the final two quarters, gaining well under 250 total yards against a tough Broncos defense. QB Marcus Mariota was brutal, going just 7/18 for 63 passing yards and throwing two interceptions before being replaced by backup Ryan Tannehill. Derrick Henry did next to nothing on the ground, only average 1.9 yards per carry over 15 rushing attempts. Adam Humphries led the way for the receiving corps, making six catches for just 47 yards.
Tennessee had a pretty solid outing on the other side of the ball against Denver despite getting no help from the offense, holding the Broncos to only 280 total yards and a single touchdown. The Titans were especially strong defending against the pass, as Joe Flacco was only 18/28 for 177 passing yards and got picked off once.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: UNDER 42
This is really shaping up to be a pretty ugly game, as both of these teams have been pretty underwhelming so far this season. I definitely don’t have a strong lean either way against the spread, as the current number looks pretty efficient to me overall. However, I do think that the UNDER on 42 total points looks pretty appealing in this particular matchup, especially with Tannehill getting the start at quarterback for Tennessee. The Titans offense has been horrific through their first six games, scoring over seven points just once in their last four outings. Los Angeles has also really struggled on offense for much of the year, getting held to 20 points or less in four out of their last five games overall.
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It is also important to note that the total has gone UNDER in each of the Chargers last five games overall. The UNDER has also hit in four out of their last five games on the road as well. On the other side, the UNDER has come through in five consecutive games that Tennessee has played as well. Finally, the UNDER has occurred in six straight meetings the Titans have had with an opponent from the AFC West. There certainly isn’t a lot to love about this matchup on Sunday, especially against the spread where both teams have a decent shot at winning outright. I’m going to avoid both teams in favor of the UNDER on 42 total points scored in what should be a low scoring, defense-first battle.