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Tennessee vs San Diego Betting

Chargers Look for Rare September Win Streak When Tennessee Pays Visit

The San Diego Chargers, notorious early season door mats look to go 2-0 for the first time in years when they play host to the Tennessee Titans, the understandable 34-13 losers at home in Week 1 to the New England Patriots.

Tennessee Titans (0-1) vs. San Diego Chargers (1-0)
Date/Time: Sunday, September 16, 2012, 4:15 PM ET
Venue: Qualcomm Stadium
Broadcast: CBS
Titans vs. Chargers Betting Lines from betonline.com
Spread: Chargers -6 (-110)
Moneyline: Titans +225: Chargers -265
Over/Under: 43 points

Matchup | Preview

The Chargers looked good in every aspect of their Week 1 game while the Titans looked OK at time and dreadful at others.

The Tennessee Titans didn’t offer up much of a fight in their Week 1 showdown against the Patriots. They will obviously need a much better effort on both sides of the ball this week or face the prospect of going 0-2 in this young season. The Titans fell out of last week’s game early. Down 21-3 at the half, they were forced to abandon their running game and focus on the passing game. As a result Chris Johnson gained an embarrassing four yards on 11 carries and Jake Locker passed for a respectable 229 yards, 1 TD and one interception. This is not the game plan for the Titans however – they will need to run the ball and run some more to be successful.

Tennessee’s defense had their hands full last week and in turn gave up 390 yards of offense to the Patriots. Nothing stood out for this unit and although the Chargers will not offer up the same amount of fire power, the D will have to tighten up for sure.

The San Diego Chargers were underdogs in Week 1 against Oakland but they certainly didn’t play like it. To everyone’s surprise it was the defense that stepped up and allowed the team to defeat the Oakland Raiders on the road for a key Week 1 divisional win.  [soliloquy id=”82219″]

San Diego’s offense wasn’t great but they weren’t bad either. Truth be told, this unit benefitted from a slew of penalties by Oakland’s defense. Still they gained 258 yards with Philip Rivers passing for 231 yards and a score. Of concern was the running game that can best be described as anemic – 32 yards on 20 carries – yuk! Ryan Matthews’s availability is still up in the air but one thing is certain – he will be an enormous upgrade for the rushing attack!

San Diego’s defense was solid in Week 1 – they bent at times but they did not break. The only TD they gave up came with seconds left in the game and most of the 321 yards surrendered was in the second half when the Raiders were forced to open it up. Confidence is a funny thing and if this unit can gel, the Chargers have a chance to be very formidable this season.

Betting Prediction: Of note, the San Diego Chargers are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games against the Titans. I can’t see this trend ending on Sunday. The Chargers held Darren McFadden in check on Monday night and despite the short week; I expect them to hold Chris Johnson down as well. Jake Locker is still very raw, Chris Johnson looks like the 2011 CJ2K and the team is already grumbling about some of their coaching staff. Things are far from rosy in Nashville while things are surprisingly upbeat in Chargers-land. I love San Diego in a blowout this week!

Pick: San Diego Chargers -6

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