The Titans have a chance to give a beautiful gift to the people of Kansas City and deliver a near-death blow to the Chargers. They could drop San Diego to 1-4 in the conference and usher in Cowboys-esque scrutiny on the Chargers. The (2-5) San Diego Chargers will once again try to commence a strong, late push towards the playoffs this week against the resurgent (5-2) Tennessee Titans, kickoff slated for 4:05 PM EST. The ghosts and goblins of Halloween night have nothing on how scary the Titans are playing as of late. Two teams headed in opposite directions meet Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium, where the bumbling Chargers try to avoid a fourth straight loss against a Titans team seeking a fourth consecutive win – and its first victory over San Diego in nearly two decades.
For the Titans, they have been playing well so far this year by amassing a record that is above .500. When discussing Tennessee, the conversation always begins and ends with running back Chris Johnson, and he will no doubt have a big impact on this game. For the most part this year, it has been the Vince Young show at the quarterback position. Except for Young getting injured here and there, he has been the go-to guy in the Tennessee offense for head coach Jeff Fisher. He is currently completing over 61% of his passes, and he looks much improved over last season. If he can start to limit the amount of mistakes that he makes throughout the course of the game, Young has a shot to be an All-Pro quarterback at season’s end. The Titans defense has an NFL high 12 interceptions and is tied with San Diego for the league lead with 25 sacks. And in his long, successful career, Titans’ Head Coach Jeff Fisher has never beaten the Chargers, having gone 0-6. QB Vince Young could be back at quarterback for the Titans this week. Young got most of the practice work this week in the absence of QB Kerry Collins, who missed the week’s key practice sessions because of a finger injury. Chris Johnson has once again proven that he is the best running back in the NFL. With over 600 yards of total rushing offense, Johnson will look to carry that momentum into San Diego on October 31st.
By the league’s rankings, the San Diego Chargers should be one of the NFL’s top teams. But the Chargers and their No. 1 ranked offense and No. 1 ranked defense will be trying to snap a three-game losing streak Sunday when they host the surging Tennessee Titans. San Diego is coming off a 23-20 loss to New England in which newly signed Chargers kicker Kris Brown saw his last-second 50-yard field goal bounce away off the upright. Brown is filling in for San Diego’s injured Nate Kaeding, who’s expected to miss his second game because of a groin injury. 2010 marks another year where the San Diego Chargers are relying on Philip Rivers to take them to the promised land, but it doesn’t appear as though he is 100% ready to play like it. While Rivers is one of the leaders in total passing yardage, he still makes questionable decisions from time to time that leaves Chargers fans shaking their heads in disbelief. If Rivers can start making more productive decisions during the game, San Diego will greatly benefit from his improved play. The two-headed monster coming out of the backfield, Michael Tolbert and Ryan Matthews, has provided the Chargers with a good change of pace from their normally pass-happy offense.
Titans vs Chargers Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
Tennessee Titans +3.5
@ San Diego Chargers -3.5
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Titans vs Chargers Predictions for Week 8:
Spread Prediction (TOP PLAY) – Regardless of their dismal record, the San Diego Chargers are a very capable and talented football club. They almost dug themselves out of a 17 point deficit against the Pats last Sunday but a missed field goal in the final moments which sealed their fate once again. San Diego has an AFC-high 18 turnovers, and its defense hasn’t forced one in the last three games. That has tempered the effect of an offense that leads the league with 422.7 yards per game, with Phillip Rivers NFL-high 2,344 yards) on pace to shatter Dan Marino’s single-season passing record of 5,084. Interesting to note, the Chargers are 15-3 ATS against AFC South division opponents since 1992. It is well documented that the Titans have significant issues when lining up against San Diego, in fact Tennessee is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing the Chargers. I believe the Titans have been playing way beyond their potential for the last several weeks and will come back to reality this week against a desperate Chargers squad. We will consider laying the points with the Chargers at home on the west coast this Sunday afternoon.
Game Total Prediction – This game sets up nicely for points to be scored. The Chargers lead the league in yards per game and are scoring an average of 25.3 points per game. The Titans have surprised many with their turnaround this season, they are putting up a staggering 28.4 points per game and have topped 30+ points in three consecutive weeks now. The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Diego’s last 6 games and the total has gone OVER in 6 of San Diego’s last 8 games at home. These teams seem to light up the scoreboard whenever they clash, they have combined to reach the OVER 4 times out of the last 5 affairs. The Chargers are a desperate bunch to record a win so they will be pulling all of the tricks out of their hat to score and the Titans have CJ2K at their disposal. The betting public is all over the OVER, which tends to scare me, but I’m going to hop on this bandwagon as 44.5 points seems to low of a total for these offenses not to reach. I recommend taking a strong and healthy look at the OVER in this west coast Halloween treat of a game. Cheers!