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Posted Friday at 1:15 PM EST
4:00 PM EST. The Chargers reputation for finding ways to lose is reaching new heights. No matter what publication you read or what NFL pregame or post-game shows you watch, all you hear regarding the Chargers is that they have made a habit out of losing close games. Losing is contagious and now with an 0-3 record, L.A.’s stock is very low. That’s our cue to step in.
Philadelphia could take a massive breather here after playing intense games against Washington, Kansas City and the Giants last week. Furthermore, though he has many good traits – arm strength, mental processing, toughness, escape skills – second-year quarterback Carson Wentz is still developing as a passer. Too-hot passes and sailed throws can result from his elbow-centric inverted delivery that’s akin to that of a MLB pitcher. High throws and fumbles have slowed Wentz and could allow L.A.’s defense to collect turnovers after failing to get one in both home games to date. If all things even out over time, the Bolts are in line to win some turnover battles and this looks like the perfect set-up for that.
Once again, we’re not going to get into the X’s and O’s when breaking down a game. It means jack. We are situational or value players or a combination of both and in that regard, it’s time to buy up some Chargers’ stock. This is not an 0-3 team. This is a talented squad that is on a three-year run of poor fortune. There are 29 other GM’s in the NFL that would love to have Philip Rivers on their squad. The Chargers have played Denver, Miami and K.C., with two of those teams being legit contenders and the Chargers did not look out of place in either. L.A.’s stunt game is making strides and fellow ends Joey Bosa and Chris McCain can be very disruptive as well. Had the Chargers defeated K.C. or come in 2-1, we may have laid off em here but this is a very good 0-3 team that catches the Eagles at the right time. The Eagles are coming off three straight nail biters and now have to make a trip to another time zone before hosting the Cardinals next week. The planets align right for a Bolts' victory and we're all over it.
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L.A. CHARGERS -2 -110 (Risking 2.2 units - To Win: 2.00)