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Week 8 Chargers vs. Saints NFL Predictions

NFL Football Betting – San Diego Chargers vs. New Orleans Saints (@ Wembley Stadium, London England)

Two teams who probably thought they would be doing a lot better at this time will lock horns on Sunday, as the San Diego Chargers (3-4 SU, 3-3-1 ATS) play the New Orleans Saints (3-4 SU, 4-3 ATS) in an NFL contest that will kick off at 1 PM ET at Wembley Stadium (natural turf) in London.

Sunday, October 26
BetUS NFL Betting Odds: SAN DIEGO -3, Total 46

NOTABLE STAT: San Diego scores one point for every 11.9 yards gained
KEY NFL BETTING TREND: Chargers are 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games

In the BetUS NFL football betting odds, the Chargers are listed as a three-point favorite, with a posted total of 46 points.

Here are some NFL betting trends as they relate to this matchup:

* SD is 12-3-1 ATS in its last 16 games
* SD has won 11 of its last 16 games SU
* NO has lost four of its last six games SU
* NO has played nine of its last 12 games OVER the total

Also…

* SD has won and covered four of the last five meetings
* Five of the last six meetings have gone OVER the total

Drew Brees (16 TD’s, 5 INT’s) went into last week’s game against Carolina having completed 71% of his passes. But he was held to 21 of 39 in that game. Will he bounce back against San Diego? Well, the Chargers, without Shawne Merriman, may not be as dangerous in the pass rush, but the Chargers have the athletic secondary that also worries people. Without Reggie Bush in the lineup, New Orleans is missing the big-play element to an extent, especially when it comes to taking passes out of the backfield and/or returning kicks.

Phillip Rivers has gotten good protection from his offensive line (just 7 sacks) and for those people who have cited the Chargers for not having balance at the wide receiver position, I offer you Vincent Jackson (18.4 yards per catch). But San Diego has not gotten lightning out of LaDanian Tomlinson, who has looked like a poor man’s “L.T.” thus far. Tomlinson still isn’t logging more than four yards a carry, and in his last three games he’s only had 190 yards.

These are still two rather efficient offenses, when compared to others – after all, San Diego converts 45% of its third down chances, while the Saints are at 48%, and Brees and Rivers, the former teammates, have what it takes to take their teams to higher levels. But on the Wembley Stadium turf, which could be pretty soft, we’ll side with the team that can ground it out a little better, and that would be San Diego in this case, minus the field goal in the BetUS NFL football betting odds.

Our PLAY: SAN DIEGO -3 **

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