Season changing week for the Tennessee Titans against the Chargers in San Diego this Sunday. It almost feels like this is one of those games that has two different routes for the Titans. One of which will perhaps turn the tide on a new era of Titans’ football. And the other, their season might take a turn for the worst. I don’t see anybody taking them seriously if they don’t get a win here against the Chargers on the road. Despite a 3-5 record for the Chargers, they’ve been playing better football than their record indicates. They’ve come close against the Broncos, almost completing a sweep over their divisional rival.
Moreover, the Chargers have three losses by a margin of 2.6 points, including an overtime loss against the Chiefs on the road. They just have to keep pressing and hope things start going in their direction. It definitely isn’t the easiest schedule for the Chargers, with Philip Rivers doing all he can to keep their season alive.
I always like to give Rivers some credit, he is one of, if not the most underrated quarterback in the NFL. He may never win a Super Bowl, which I highly doubt, but he hasn’t gotten the right amount of recognition. The Chargers’ issues of not being able to get over the hump are not solely on his back. Although, there are more than a few people who like to think so. Rivers has thrown for 15 touchdowns, while tossing 7 interceptions. He owns a respectable quarterback rating of 93.8. The part dinging his rating is the amount of fumbles he’s yielded, which currently stands at 6 on the season. Not his fault, as his offensive line is a unit in shambles.
Marcus Mariota will look to outperform his veteran counterpart on Sunday. Mariota has been lighting the board up lately, mainly fantasy boards, with owners reaping the benefits of pulling him in their lineups. He is blossoming into a guy who clearly belongs in the NFL. Mariota has passed for 14 touchdowns and 6 interceptions, while rushing for 132 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground. He’s a guy who should continue to evolve and do big things for this Titans team. Mariota and the Titans will have a banged up Chargers’ defense to contend with this afternoon.
Tennessee Titans vs. San Diego Chargers NFL Betting Odds:
vs. Chargers -4.5(-110)
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The Chargers will potentially be without the services of safeties Adrian Phillips and Jaheel Addae, linebackers Jerry Attaochu and Denzel Perryman. Not the biggest brand names, but the depth on the defense has being tested in San Diego. Perryman is especially a sizable loss for the Chargers, who has a sack, interception, and 26 solo tackles on the year. They may find some difficulties against Mariota who has the ability to scramble and find yardage with his legs. San Diego are 16th in the NFL, allowing 361 yards per game.
Particularly surprising for the Titans this season has been their defense. One of the more underrated units in the league, the Titans are 10th in the league in yards allowed. Additionally, they are giving up 22.9 points per game. The Titans are notably good getting after quarterbacks. They have an excellent pass rush which has gotten to the opposing quarterback for 22 sacks, 3rd in the NFL. The Chargers are 26th in the league in sacks allowed with 21. Rivers has been hit 51 times already in 2016.
The Titans have been finding yards on offense as well. They are entering Week 9 averaging 377.8 yards per game. Following a slow start to the year, the Titans have scored 30 points per game in their last four games. The spread in this game is a little high for my liking. If I were setting the line I would have had the Chargers in the ballpark of -2.5 or -3. The injuries to the Chargers’ defense will haunt them in this one. They might win but I don’t think it’s going to be by more than 4 points.
PICK: TITANS +4.5 (-110)