Perhaps one of the greatest coaching mismatches in some time will go down during the late window of Week 13 action, as Bill Belechick and the New England Patriots take on Anthony Lynn and the L.A. Chargers.
The Chargers enter with a 3-8 record, though you get the feeling that this really should be a better team. They’ve struggled in close games, or to close out teams while holding big leads. Last week was yet another example of a winnable game, though some awful clock management and play-calling late in the match ultimately sealed their fate. With immense pressure suddenly on Lynn, you can bet all eyes will be on the Chargers’ coach to see how he fares vs. Belichick and New England.
And though it hasn’t been the best of seasons for the Pats, they’ve stayed afloat and much of that success can be attributed to Belichick putting lesser players in easy situations to succeed. Entering Week 13 with a 5-6 record, and a chance at .500 – has to feel good at the moment, and with a playoff spot in sight, this is definitely a crucial game for New England.
With many storylines at play here, whether it’s the playoff chase, the coaching mismatch, or Justin Herbert’s continue Rookie of the Year push – it is certain that this should definitely be one of the ‘can’t miss’ games of Week 13. For added discussion, team news, and a betting breakdown – read on beneath the posted odds for our winning wager in this Pats/Chargers showdown. Enjoy the game!
New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Chargers Odds:
New England Patriots +1.5 (-110)
@ Los Angeles Chargers -1.5 (-110)
Over 47 (-110)
Under 47 (-110)
*Betting odds provided by BetOnline.ag
New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Chargers Pick:
Though Cam Newton has been wildly inconsistent this season, and his play in New England remains a work in progress – he should be able to rebound this week against a depleted Chargers’ defense. Los Angeles would normally boast quite the defensive personnel, but key losses throughout has to give New England confidence for Week 13.
Expect New England to find steady success and control the game and tempo with a healthy running attack. With L.A. missing key linebackers last week, they couldn’t slow down the Bills at all, so expect Damien Harris and James White to run all over the Chargers. An effective run game should only help Newton as things should then open up downfield. Jakobi Meyes enters in fine form and should be able to find space against a weakened secondary.
On the other side of the ball, Justin Herbert will face-off against a Belichick gameplan for this first-time in what promises to be an excellent career. Herbert has put together an impressive rookie season thus far, though has shown flashes of really struggling, specifically against teams with defensive-minded coaches.
Last week, the Pats frustrated Kyler Murray throughout the game, and expect them to be able to do the same to the rookie Herbert. New England matches up nicely vs. Los Angeles, and should be able to really limit Herbert’s preferred options. To start, the Pats will likely limit Hunter Henry with excellent linebacker coverage, while Stephon Gilmore should be able to restrict Keenan Allen downfield. Without those options, Herbert might be left with nowhere to turn more often than not.
Expect this to be another close game, and expect the Chargers to find another way to lose this contest. The Pats are much healthier than Los Angeles, continue to fight for their playoff lives, and should be able to rattle Herbert with their defense. The wrong team is favoured in this contest, and expect New England to prove that on Sunday.