NFL Week 11 Pick: Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Chargers

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 8:47 PM UTC

Wednesday, Sep. 27, 2017 8:47 PM UTC

It’s the Anthony Lynn Bowl at that soccer stadium in Los Angeles as the Bills travel across country with a new starting quarterback. Survivor Pick: LA Chargers.

Buffalo Bills at Los Angeles Chargers (-4.5, 43.5)

The Chargers players surely want to win this for head coach Anthony Lynn. He was Buffalo’s offensive coordinator last season and took over as interim head coach in Week 17 after Rex Ryan was fired. Many thought Lynn would get the full-time job, but the Bills opted for Sean McDermott. This might be the most “newsy” game of the week in terms of the two starting quarterbacks. Since there is an actual line out as of this writing, I’m going to assume Philip Rivers plays for the Chargers. He was somewhat surprisingly placed in the NFL’s concussion protocol on Monday following Sunday’s overtime loss at Jacksonville – a game the Chargers absolutely gave away like only they can. Rivers has been progressing well this week and all signs look good for him Sunday. He missed a start since taking over the role in 2006. At 3-6, the Chargers can’t frankly afford to start backup Kellen Clemens. I thought that guy was working at Pizza Hut. Meanwhile, McDermott will go to his backup quarterback Sunday but on purpose. That’s rookie Nathan Peterman.

  • Bills are 1-11 ATS in their last 12 games following a double-digit loss at home.
  • Chargers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Free NFL Pick: Chargers -4.5Best Line Offered: Youwager

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Buffalo was shocked 47-10 at home last Sunday by the Saints – the Bills had been unbeaten at home – and McDermott yanked starting QB Tyrod Taylor for Peterman, a fifth-round rookie out of Pittsburgh. Taylor isn’t all that popular in Buffalo and likely is going to move on next offseason. He had completed just nine of 18 passes for 56 yards, one interception and a career-low 33.6 passer rating against the Saints when he was pulled. Peterman, making his NFL debut, completed 7 of 10 passes for 79 yards and one touchdown in two possessions. McDermott said after the game that Taylor was still the starter but changed his mind on Wednesday.  "This is about becoming a better team. Tyrod has made improvements," McDermott said of his change. “This is not an indictment on Tyrod. I've been impressed with Nate and his maturity at a very early point in his career. He has certainly worked hard. ... The other day, we [saw] some good things, albeit it was a small sample size in a regular season.” Overall this season Taylor was completing a career-best 64.2 percent of his passes and throwing 10 touchdowns to three interceptions. Pretty solid numbers. Peterman did look good this preseason, though, and might be the future under center.

  • Under is 4-1 in Bills last 5 road games.
  • Under is 4-0 in Chargers last 4 games overall.
Free NFL Pick: Under 43.5Best Line Offered: WagerWeb

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