The last time these two teams met, the Chargers won in overtime in a game that was filled with injuries and fines. Five weeks after that game, the Charges beat the Titans again, in the playoffs in San Diego. San Diego (11-3), the AFC West champions are trying to win their 10th straight game and lock up the number 2 seed in the playoffs as they face a Titans team (7-7) that is struggling to stay alive in the playoff hunt. The Chargers are hot and clinched their fourth straight division title with a win over the Bengals last week and would greatly benefit from a first-round bye to rest their players. The Titans announced Monday that they have lost two starting defenders (Keith Bulluck and David Thornton) to season-ending injuries. Both teams are expecting a physical game. The Titans players have claimed to have move on from the incidents the last time these two teams met but linebacker Shawn Merriman said this game is one he has circled on the calendar from some time. Merriman missed the game against the Titans in the 2007 regular season game but played the final two games of the season and all three playoff games. He played the season opener in 2008 and then suffered a knee surgery that sidelined him for the rest of the year. Don’t expect Christmas cheers or gift exchanges in this one, there might be elbows and knees exchanged instead. San Diego leads the head-to-head match up 4-0 since 2001. Your betting lines, trends and predications for this Chargers vs Titans Christmas day game are listed below.
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Chargers vs. Titans Betting Line and Odds:
San Diego Chargers +3 (-125)
Vs. Tennessee Titans -3 (+105)
Over 47 (-110)
Under 47 (-110)
Chargers vs Titans Predictions:
Final Score Prediction – San Diego 31 Tennessee Titans 27
Spread Prediction- The Chargers are coming in with an NFL record 17 consecutive wins in December and are hungry to clinch a playoff bye with a win. The Titans on the other hand have a chance (if they win out and get help) to become the first team in league history to start 0-6 and make the playoffs. I think the Chargers will be too much for the Titans to handle in this one. They finally have a healthy squad led by quarterback Phillip Rivers who is showing signs of greatness. Take the Chargers to beat this spread.
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Over/Under- Take the over. Titans running back Chris Johnson is the NFL’s leading rusher and had his ninth straight 100-yard game last week. He is also just 336 rushing yards away from Eric Dickerson’s record of 2105 in a season. To top that, Vince Young has been one of the better signal callers in the league since taking over at the helm. The Chargers are dangerous on offense too. Tight end Antonio Gates leads all NFL tight ends with 1071 receiving yards and is averaging 14.3 yards per catch. He will be tough to contain especially because the injury to linebacker Keith Bulluck.
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