The Los Angeles Chargers head east as they hope to keep their postseason dreams alive. The Chargers have a couple of roads they can go to reach the playoffs. Even after losing two to the Chiefs, and with a record of 7-7, they can still win the AFC West. That’s how bad this division has been this year. The Chiefs started off on fire, dipped, and now they’re looking to regain control. The Chiefs have won their last two games and enter as heavy favorites over the Dolphins on Sunday.
For the Chargers to win the division, the Chiefs must lose to the Dolphins and Broncos, and the Chargers beat the Jets and Raiders. The chances of that happening are incredibly thin. If the Titans lose out and the Chargers win, the prospects of a wildcard berth are looking good. The Titans do not have locks on their schedule, they have the Rams and Jaguars ahead of them.
Sorry, Jets, there isn’t any playoff roadmap I can draw up for you. They could get pleasure out of knocking the Chargers out of the postseason picture, though. The Jets are a 5-9 football team and have lost four of their last five games, with the win coming against the Chiefs. They spent their last two games on the road, losses against the Broncos and Saints.
They’ve been better at home this season with a record of 5-2. Their wins at home came against the Dolphins, Jaguars, Browns, Bills, and Chiefs. Not a terrible lineup and they came close to upsetting the Patriots, Falcons, and Panthers. The largest point differential was 8 against the Panthers. If you recall, they had a questionable call go against them against the Pats, which resulted in a touchback instead of a safety. That’s a touchdown and it’s a tie game.
The Chargers are coming off a hard 30-13 loss to the team they’re trying to catch for the AFC West. It was a blow, but they’re still alive. The heart is still pumping for the Chargers. They need a win on the east coast, though. Philip Rivers must get some help for what has been a nice season for him with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Head below for our free Chargers vs. Jets pick on Christmas Eve.
L.A. Chargers vs. N.Y. Jets Betting Odds:
vs. Jets +7(-115)
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Chargers vs. Jets Pick:
Philip Rivers is running out of room to win a Super Bowl. His career will forever be compared to the guy who was drafted alongside him, Eli Manning. Manning has two Super Bowls, Rivers has none, but Rivers has often been regarded as a better quarterback. Manning, though, has had a better team around him for the vast majority of his career. He’s also the better coaching staff to work with.
Rivers must beat the Jets on Sunday if he hopes to pull off a Giants like run from 2007. The most complete performance we’ve seen from the Chargers came on Thanksgiving against the Dallas Cowboys, a 28-6 win as they took advantage of a Cowboys team who were spinning out of control.
The Chargers have had their ups and downs, and the result is a record of 7-7. Their offense is 7th in yardage per game with 368 yards per game, but are scoring only 22.2 points per for 17th. They’ve just had issues finishing drives. Antonio Gates used to be a lock in the red zone, but at 37 years old, he is far from the same player he was ten years ago. Note that the Chargers are 27th in red zone efficiency, scoring a touchdown just 45.24% of the time. The Jets’ red zone defense is decent, as they’re ranked 13th in the league, allowing a touchdown less than 50% on trips inside the 20.
I can see the Chargers being in for a fight in this game. The Jets are not the greatest team, clearly, but they’ve welcomed some stiff competition to East Rutherford and have held in their strong. They’ve had to play the Chiefs, Panthers, Jaguars, Falcons, and Patriots at home. After two games on the road, it’s going to be feel nice to be back home. There is some speculation that Todd Bowles may not be back at the helm next year. Rather than pack it in, I think his players are going to play for him. A win against the Chargers would look nice on his resume. 7 is too many points here for a team traveling from west-to-east, taking on a Jets club who have shown they don’t get pushed around at home against better competition. A 24-20 ball game looks about right. Best of luck as always, and a Merry Christmas to you and your family.
PICK: JETS +7 (-115)