Tom Brady & Patriots (+2.5) Underdogs On Road At San Diego Chargers

October 24th, 2010 – by Alex

The Tom Brady-led New England Patriots (4-1) will head to San Diego to take on the Chargers (2-4) in a battle of once-fierce rivals that have since undergone some major changes. This game is scheduled for a 4:15pm EST kickoff and can be seen on CBS as well as DirecTV channel 714.

Offensive has been the name of the game for New England thus far in the season as they’ve been averaging just over 30 points per game. Last week, the Patriots were able to beat fellow Super Bowl contender Baltimore Ravens with a late overtime field goal. Wide receiver, Deion Branch re-premiered as a Patriot with nine catches for 98 yards and a touchdown. With the way he and Brady were connecting, fans would have never guessed that the pair had spent multiple years apart. So far, Brady has thrown for 10 touchdowns on the year, and he’s had to throw the ball a lot because of the team’s inconstant ground attack.

Running back, Danny Woodhead has become the team’s go-to guy on the ground almost by default, as receivers Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez continue to be Brady’s favorite short-yardage options.

The New England defense has proven itself to be almost as inconsistent as the running attack this year, however, they will have to step it up against the Chargers. If the Patriots want to escape this game with a victory they will have to keep the San Diego running game at bay and the depleted Chargers receiving core from having breakout games.

Meanwhile, picked by many to be likely Super Bowl contenders, the Chargers have been off to a disappointing start to their 2010 campaign. In particular, playing on the road has officially become this group’s Achilles heel. Under the Norv Turner regime, San Diego is 20-6 at home.

The group will attempt to rally around quarterback, Philip Rivers who has thrown for 12 touchdowns and over 2000 yards already this year. The ground game is equally solid for this team as running backs, Mike Tolbert and Ryan Mathews are currently splitting carries in the backfield. Thus far, the two backs have combined for six touchdowns and almost 300 yards.

Defensively, San Diego has been solid allowing 20 or less points in four of their six games. This unit will have to provide more of the same against a fiery New England offense all the while praying that their own offense can find ways to put points on the scoreboard.

NFL Game Lines: In large part due to their ability to play well at home, the Chargers are 2.5 point favorites according to the latest NFL Week 7 Betting Odds. Furthermore, the over/under for this contest has been set at a total of 48 points as listed by Bodog Sportsbook.

NFL ATS Betting Trends: The Patriots are 13-6-3 ATS in their last 22 games as a road underdog and 23-11-3 ATS in their last 37 games as an underdog. Meanwhile, the Chargers are 6-2 ATS versus teams with a winning record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in Week 7.

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