Carolina Panthers head coach Matt Rhule is still looking to get his first NFL win after back-to-back defeats to open the 2020 NFL season. Without the Panthers’ best player, will he be able to steer his team to a win on the road this coming Sunday against the LA Chargers? The Chargers are hoping to recover following a close loss to the reigning Super Bowl champions.
Betting Preview for the Carolina Panthers vs Los Angeles Chargers Regular Season Week 3 Game on September 27, 2020
Where: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood
When: Sunday, September 27, 2020, 4:05 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Carolina Panthers (+6.5)
Regular Season Record: 0-2
The going gets tough for the Panthers, who just learned that do-it-all running back Christian McCaffrey will be out for weeks after sustaining a high ankle sprain injury in last Sunday’s 31-17 road loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Without a doubt. McCaffrey is the best and most important player for Carolina, which will now have to turn to veteran running back Mike Davis to largely help fill the void temporarily left by the former Stanford Cardinal. Mike Davis had only one carry in the loss to the Bucs but showed he can handle receiving duties as well, as he finished with 74 receiving yards on eight carries. Still, McCaffrey’s absence should have a significant impact on Carolina’s offense that’s fourth in the league with 299.5 passing yards per game. Against the Chargers, Bridgewater likely would be throwing deeper throws to the pair of CJ Moore and Robby Anderson, who’s been having a nice start in Carolina. The former New York Jets wideout has 233 receiving yards on 15 receptions and a 14.9 yards per catch average so far this season.
The over is 3-0 in the Panthers’ last three games overall.
Betting on the Los Angeles Chargers (-6)
Regular Season Record: 1-1
Is there an in-season quarterback battle happening right now in the Chargers’ camp? Rookie Justin Herbert, on short notice, electrified in his very first start in the NFL, albeit in a 23-20 home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2. The former Oregon Duck went 22-of-33 for 311 passing yards and a touchdown against an interception. Herbert didn’t care that he was debuting against the reigning Super Bowl champions, as he took several deep shots and got Austin Ekeler involved more in the passing attack than in Week 1’s 16-13 road win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Ekeler had 55 receiving yards on four catches and 93 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. But it seems that the Chargers will go back to Tyrod Taylor as their starting QB in Week 3. Taylor was suddenly declared inactive minutes prior to the Kansas City game due to a rib issue, but is now looking fine and ready to get back on the field. In any case, the Chargers’ defense will present a big challenge for the Panthers. The Chargers are third in the league in scoring defense with just 18.0 points allowed per game and fifth in opponents’ pass completion percentage (60.24).
The under is 8-2 in the Chargers’ last 10 games as the home team.
The Chargers win, 22-17.
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