The Chargers can be enjoying in prime time after getting flexed into “Sunday Night Football” in opposition to the Miami Dolphins. It may be one other disappointing week for Chargers followers, however NFL video games aren’t performed on paper.
Miami Dolphins (-3.5, 52) at Chargers
Between the 2 L.A. video games this week, that is the wager I like extra and it has quite a bit to do with why I preferred the Raiders final week in opposition to the Chargers. The lack of Corey Linsley utterly adjustments every part for this offense. Linsley stays in concussion protocol however was a full participant in apply Thursday. Sadly, Trey Pipkins III seems to be uncertain once more, so the Chargers can be up in opposition to it in the case of defending Justin Herbert.
Herbert threw for 335 yards final week, however that was on 47 makes an attempt. The Chargers managed simply 5.2 yards per play and three.3 yards per carry in opposition to an terrible Raiders protection. Miami’s stats look extra like these of a league common protection, so it appears to be like like powerful sledding once more for a one-dimensional offense with cluster accidents within the trenches.
To make issues worse, the Dolphins carry a top-five offense to SoFi Stadium in opposition to a protection that simply can’t appear to make headway. Whereas the Raiders had been held to 27 factors final week, they nonetheless racked up 404 yards and 6.8 yards per play. The Dolphins lead the NFL in yards per reception and are second to the Chiefs in yards per play.
The journey isn’t even a serving to issue for the Chargers right here as a result of Miami stayed on the West Coast after final week’s sport in opposition to the 49ers. Maybe Tua Tagovailoa’s ankle harm is worse than what we’ve heard up to now, however he will get to select on a protection that ranks thirty first in yards per play allowed and twenty seventh in Stress% per Professional-Soccer-Reference.
With the offensive line accidents, the Chargers are unlikely to maintain tempo in a shootout, which is what this sport tasks to be with the second-highest complete on the board.
Choose: Dolphins -3