San Diego Chargers vs. Tennessee Titans: NFL Week 3 Betting Odds and Picks
San Diego Chargers vs. Tennessee Titans
Sunday, 9/22/13, 1:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: Tennessee -3
Current Betting Line: Tennessee -3
Opening Total: 43.5
Current Total: 43
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
San Diego picked up a 33-30 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles as 7.5-point road underdogs in Week 2, while going OVER the betting total for a second consecutive contest. The Chargers have been getting tremendous production out of quarterback Philip Rivers, who is tied for second in the league with seven touchdown passes, while sitting fourth with a 115.8 passer rating. Just to put those numbers in perspective—he posted ratings of 88.6 and 88.7 in the previous two seasons. San Diego is 21-3 ATS in its last 24 games versus AFC South opponents, which is important to consider when making your NFL betting picks Sunday afternoon.
The Chargers are going to have a hard time in extending the field in this matchup, as wide receiver Malcolm Floyd is out with a neck injury. San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt is confident that Vincent Brown, Antonio Gates and Eddie Royal can carry the offense with Rivers targeting them against the Titans. Defensively, the unit is allowing an NFL-high 375.5 passing yards per game, but Tennessee isn’t known for throwing the football particularly well.
Tennessee split its two road games against the Houston Texans and Pittsburgh Steelers, as it now looks to improve upon its 8-6 record in regular-season home openers at LP Field. The Titans will likely feature running back Chris Johnson, who enters with 33 100-yard rushing games in his career, while he’s recorded 25 or more carries in back-to-back weeks. It’s important to point out that Johnson is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry this season. Tennessee is 6-6 SU and 3-9 ATS as a favorite the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 7-4-1 in that situation.
The Titans will only go as far as quarterback Jake Locker can take them, as he’s completed 28 of 50 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns in two games this season. Johnson will likely be bottled up by San Diego for a second consecutive meeting, as he ran for just 17 yards on eight carries in last year’s 38-10 loss as 6.5-point road underdogs.
Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the UNDER is 8-4 in the Titans’ last 12 games with a betting line of +3 to -3.
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