Justin Herbert looks like the future of the Los Angeles Chargers, and he’ll face another veteran quarterback this coming weekend when his team takes on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons. Both teams are coming off losses, so this is an intriguing game to watch out for. Will Herbert outplay Ryan? Or will the vet say no-no to the rookie?
Betting Preview for the Atlanta Falcons vs Los Angeles Chargers Regular Season Week 14 Game on December 13, 2020
Where: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood
When: Sunday, December 13, 2020, 4:25 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Atlanta Falcons (-2.5)
Regular Season Record: 4-8
The Falcons failed to follow up their win over the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 13 with another, as they fell prey to the New Orleans Saints last Sunday, 21-16. Matt Ryan passed for 273 yards and a touchdown with zero interceptions on 19-of-39 completions. The Falcons had two players with at least 90 receiving yards, as Calvin Ridley finished with 108 while Julio Jones had 94. There is definitely talent downfield for the Falcons that allow them to gain lots of yards. It’s just they often couldn’t finish drives with touchdowns upon reaching the red zone. That said, the Chargers’ defense seems faulty enough for Atlanta to have success. The Chargers are 26th in the NFL with 3.3 touchdowns allowed per game 31st with 5.5 yards surrendered per play. Todd Gurley is looking forward to this game as well, as he’s gone on record saying that he wants to deal damage in the house “he helped create, referring, of course, to his past with the Los Angeles Rams.
The Falcons are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games away from home.
Betting on the Los Angeles Chargers (+2.5)
Regular Season Record: 3-9
The Chargers’ 45-0 loss to the New England Patriots at home last Sunday clearly was part of Justin Herbert’s growing pains. Herbert struggled mightily, completing only 26 of his 53 passes for 209 yards, zero touchdowns, and a couple of interceptions, while taking three sacks for a loss of 31 yards. However, that was against a Patriots’ defense that’s got one of the most dangerous secondaries. Herbert could rebound right away in Week 14, when he takes on Atlanta’s defense that only has eight interceptions on the season. Atlan might also play the Chargers without safety Ricardo Allen, who got concussed in Week 13. The Chargers have become a prolific passing team behind Herbert. They are fourth in the NFL with 272.9 passing yards per game and seventh with 386.2 total yards per contest.
The over is 3-1 in the Chargers’ last four games at home.
The Chargers win, 27-24.
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