Week 5 Toilet Bowl: Chargers Visit Giants ... Someone Has to Win

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Swinging Johnson

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 3:06 PM GMT

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 3:06 PM GMT

If the Super Bowl pits the two best teams, then Sunday's Chargers-Giants matchup at the former Meadowlands might be called the Toilet Bowl. We have a pair of 0-4 clubs locking horns, but one side has a distinct advantage. 

Los Angeles Chargers at New York Giants

Hold your nose and place a bet folks, because we have the league’s worst squaring off this Sunday. Although this may not be aesthetically the best game to watch doesn’t necessarily mean there is no value to the game. The NFL odds are currently reflecting the home team Giants as 3 ½ to four-point favorites which essentially means they get handicapped with a three-point disadvantage based on nothing more than their home field advantage. If this matchup took place at a neutral site, the line would be hovering at a pick’em.

The truth of the matter is that these teams have played four games each against superior opponents. Last week the Chargers were edged 26-24 at home by the Eagles, while the Giants hit the road and lost by the almost identical score of 25-23 to the Bucs. However, there are some key injuries that New York is dealing with and they are focused primarily on the defensive front with tackle Damon Harrison suffering a knee bruise and end Oliver Vernon dealing with an ankle injury.

Those are the lesser talked-about injuries because the rest of the world is glued to the status of All-World wideout Odell Beckham Jr. OBJ will most likely suit up but playing with a busted finger and a sprained ankle is certainly not conducive to point production for a man who earns his living getting open and catching passes. In addition, Eli Manning’s suspect offensive line will have its hands full with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram wreaking havoc and mayhem down front. That relentless pressure may take L.A.'s weak linebacking and secondary corps off the hook because a quarterback can’t throw when he’s face down.

 

Betting Trends
  • L.A. is 5-2 ATS in their last seven games as an underdog of 3 ½ to 10 points.
  • L.A. is 6-1 ATS as a road underdog of 3.5 to seven points.
  • New York is 2-5 ATS in their last seven vs. a team with a losing record.
  • New York is 2-5 ATS in their last seven games as a home favorite of 3.5-10.0.
  • New York is 1-4 ATS in their last five games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.

Chargers QB Philip Rivers will have time to lock and load in this game because of the injuries to New York’s defensive front. Now factor in Melvin Gordon tearing through holes and moving the chains on the ground for Los Angeles. That rushing threat will assist the passing attack because it will give Rivers the time he needs to find targets like Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Antonio Gates as well as employing Gordon as an outlet receiver coming out of the backfield. I believe the Bolts are the better team and the fact we are getting over a field goal makes L.A. one of my NFL picks on Sunday.

Free NFL Pick: Chargers +4 (-120)Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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