Carolina Panthers vs Los Angeles Chargers Week 3 Pick – NFL September 27

The NFL is packed with action again on Sunday as fourteen games will be up on the board throughout September 27. One of these games will be between the Carolina Panthers and the Los Angeles Chargers. These two teams will both look to earn a big win as they meet on Sunday afternoon. This game will kick off at around 4:05 PM Eastern time.

The Panthers have earned a record of 0-2 throughout this season so far, which has them tied in last place of the NFC South. Carolina finished out last season with a record of 5-11, which put them in last place of the NFC South. The Panthers will look to earn their first win of the season as they visit the Chargers in Week 3.

Los Angeles finished last season with a record of 5-11, which put them in last place of the AFC West. The Chargers have gone 1-1 throughout this season so far, which has them in third place. Los Angeles is coming off a tough divisional loss in Week 2. Now the Chargers will play a depleted Panthers teams in hopes of bouncing back with a win.

These two teams have struggled a bit throughout this season but will have a chance to earn a big win on Sunday afternoon. I expect these two teams to come out strong on Sunday as they look to move up the standings. Los Angeles will be seeing their young Quarterback start again, which will bring a bit of uncertainty into this game.

Previous Matchups

The Panthers are coming off a tough loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the road. Ronald Jones II and Leonard Fournette both rushed for a touchdown as Tampa Bay took a 21-0 lead. Christian McCaffrey scored two touchdowns. Fournette ran for his second touchdown of the game as the Buccaneers dominated for a 31-17 win over Carolina.

Los Angeles had a tight game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2. Justin Herbert passed and rushed for a touchdown as the Chargers took a 17-6 lead. Patrick Mahomes threw two touchdowns and Harrison Butker hit a game winning field goal to send it to overtime. Butker hit another field goal from 58 yards in overtime to hand the Chiefs a 23-20 win over their division rival.

These two teams are both coming off tough losses in the previous week. The Chargers took the defending Super Bowl Champions to overtime though, while Carolina struggled throughout the matchup. If Los Angeles can play with the same intensity in this one, they should be able to take down a struggling Panthers team in Week 3.

Quarterback Comparison

Teddy Bridgewater will get the start for the Panthers in Week 3. Bridgewater came over to Carolina after backing up Drew Brees last season. Bridgewater started in five games though, passing for 1384 yards, 9 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. This season Bridgewater has thrown for 636 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. He will look to step up in this one for Carolina.

Justin Herbert was drafted sixth overall to the Los Angeles Chargers. Most did not expect to see Herbert this early in the season, but Herbert is given the start over the injured Tyrod Taylor. Herbert threw for 311 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception last week. He also ran for another touchdown in Week 2’s loss. If Herbert can play well again in Week 3, I believe that the Chargers can win this one.

These two Quarterbacks are new to their respective teams but have done a solid job this season. Bridgewater has not been able to find the endzone much through the air, but he will be relied upon more with the Panthers running game taking a big hit. The Chargers defense found a way to slow down Kansas City’s passing game last week and will need to do so again against Carolina.

Injury Report

Carolina is not missing too many players for this matchup but are missing their best player. Christian McCaffrey is out for the Panthers, which will hurt them. McCaffrey has already gained 223 yards from scrimmage with four touchdowns. Mike Davis will look to step up for Carolina’s passing game, but it will need to be Teddy Bridgewater who gets the passing game for the Panthers.

The Chargers are filled with injuries already this season. Los Angeles is missing Derwin James, Drue Tranquill, Mike Pouncey and Melvin Ingram. Justin Jackson, Trai Turner and Bryan Buluga could be out as well. Los Angeles is hurting a bit on the offensive side but are still boasting an elite defense. I expect the Chargers to dominate Carolina’s offense in this matchup.

Los Angeles is missing more players throughout this week, but I believe that the Panthers are hurting more with the absence of Christian McCaffrey. If the Panthers cannot find a way to fill the hole on offense, the Chargers defense will dominate. Los Angeles just needs Herbert to lead the offense well for the Chargers to earn a big win.

Pick Overview

The Panthers and the Chargers are both coming off losses in Week 2, but I expect Los Angeles to bounce back with a big win. The Chargers have a much better defense in this one, which will be able to shut down Carolina’s offense. If Herbert can play like he did against the Chiefs, it will propel Los Angeles to a huge win in Week 3. I think this game could be a major mismatch.

BetOnline has Los Angeles listed as a -6 ½ against the spread for Week 3. This implies that the Chargers have a big edge in this one. Los Angeles is at home and have the better team, which makes me believe that this line makes a lot of sense. The Panthers are limping into this game, while Los Angeles is looking to bounce back after almost knocking off Kansas City a week ago.

Los Angeles Chargers -6.5
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.