The Los Angeles Chargers escaped their Week 1 assignment unscathed, earning a win despite the absence of star running back Melvin Gordon. The Detroit Lions, meanwhile, let a won game slip away from them in their first game of the season. Will the Chargers keep on rolling? Or will the Lions get their first victory of 2019?
Betting Preview for the Los Angeles Chargers vs Detroit Lions NFL Regular Season Week 2 Game on September 15, 2019
Where: Ford Field, Detroit
When: Sunday, September 15, 2019, 1:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: CBS
Betting on the Los Angeles Chargers (1-0)
What did we learn about the Chargers in Week 1? Well, that quarterback Philip Rivers is still a dependable gunslinger and that the team may just be fine without running back Melvin Gordon. Rivers threw for 333 passing yards and three touchdowns with an interception n 25 of 34 completions in a 30-24 overtime win over the Indianapolis Colts at home. Meanwhile, Austin Ekeler maximized the opportunity as the temporary No. 1 running back for the Chargers — or until Gordon returns from his ongoing hold out — as he rushed for 58 yards and a touchdown while adding 96 receiving yards and two touchdowns (including the game-winner) on just six receptions. Rivers played sweet music with his receivers, with Keenan Allen pacing the team with 123 receiving yards to go with a touchdown on eight catches. Rivers may have another big passing game coming since Detroit’s defense was not able to consistently pin down a first-year pro quarterback back in Week 1.
The Chargers are 8-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 road games.
Betting on the Detroit Lions (0-1)
The Lions must be feeling a mix of relief and disappointment after their Week 1 27-27 draw with the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale. On one hand, the Lions are a bit lucky they came away with a tie rather than a loss. On the other hand, they were supposed to have finished the job after taking an eight-point lead into the fourth quarter. The Lions were playing solid defense in the first three quarters, but somehow took their feet off the pedal and allowed Cardinals rookie QB Kyler Murray gain confidence and lead Arizona to a comeback. Still, there’s no need to panic for Detroit, which will just have to play hard from start to finish. The Lions’ pass rush could make a big difference against the Chargers, whose offensive line surrendered four sacks to Indianapolis. The Lions took Murray down five times, resulting in a 33-yard loss for Arizona. The Lions are also hoping rookie tight end TJ Hockenson will build on his solid debut, finishing with 131 receiving yards and a touchdown on six receptions.
The under is 5-0 in the Lions’ last five home games.
The Chargers win, 29-24.
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