Panthers vs. Chargers: NFL Week 3 Picks and Game Predictions

Panthers vs. Chargers: NFL Week 3 Picks and Game Predictions

The 0-2 Carolina Panthers will head to LA to match up against the 1-1 Chargers this  Sunday at their brand new SoFi Stadium. The Panthers will enter a time zone change after getting torched by Tampa and LA is coming off an “almost” upset against the reigning Super Bowl Champions. The scale is leaning towards only one winner. 

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Carolina Panthers vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Sunday, September 27, 2020 – 04:05 PM EDT at SoFi Stadium

TB Got His Crown Back

After an ugly Week 1 loss to the Saints, Tom Brady reminded everyone he’s still the GOAT after torching the Panthers 31-17 in Week 2. 

Carolina has been the underdog since Week 1 and has yet to cover the spread. Last week they faced the Raiders -3, then TB and Tampa -7.5, and now LA -7.5 again. 

At least they’re consistent at not covering? With the injury spell happening in Carolina, it’ll be a miracle to see them bounce back for a win. 

Carolina Panthers
Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

Why Panthers Will Win

With their prized possession Christian McCaffrey out with an ankle sprain, it’ll be hard to replicate him but they’re going to try anyway with Mike Davis stepping in. 

Once McCaffrey exited late in Sunday’s game, Davis had eight catches for 74 yards. His eight catches were tied with D.J. Moore for second-most on the team. 

If the offense can open up holes for Davis then there’s a chance on him being the miracle this team needs. At least Matt Rhule believes in him. With their lead scorer out, Robby Anderson knows it’s his time to take over the Carolina spotlight. 

The Chargers are dealing with a QB situation after Tyrod Taylor is developed chest pains. Justin Herbert came in for his first start against Kansas City and Kansas made him look impressive. 

Teddy Bridgewater is completing 72.4 percent of his passes for 636 yards, while LA’s Justin Herbert in his first start is at 66.7 percent for 311 yards. We’re not sure who will start yet, but Bridgewater has a few more yards, years and experience on Herbert.

Carolina’s young bunch on the defensive side of the ball showed a lot of promise against the Raiders in Week 1 and then there was some improvement seen against Tampa in the second half. Brian Burns, Derrick Brown, and Yetur Gross-Matos all gave Carolina fans a glimpse of how good this defense might be in the near future. Hopefully that future is this week.

Why Chargers Will Win

Defense wins games and well, the Chargers have that. They also have a big advantage not having to worry about stopping Christian McCaffrey on the ground. No one expected the Chargers to hang with Kansas City on Sunday.   

LA was able to hold Mahomes under 90 passing yards in the first half and keep Clyde Edwards-Helaire back. Limiting Kansas City’s offense to just 23 points is quite the accomplishment. But was it all luck and the Chiefs and Mahomes were just having a bad day? 

Either way, the rookie kid did an awesome job stepping up for Taylor and outdoing the highest paid QB. 

Los Angeles Chargers
Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP


These two offenses rank close enough to each other to be nearly the same. It’s going to come down to their defenses to save the day. The Chargers definitely have it, but the Panthers are struggling to find it. I think the Chargers win but the spread is too high for my liking. Carolina will keep it closer than that since they’re not playing Tom Brady again. 

My Pick: Carolina Panthers +7 ( -105) Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)

Panthers +7(-105)
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