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Los Angeles Chargers (4-3) vs. Atlanta Falcons (4-4)
Week 9 of the 2022 NFL season is approaching, and the Los Angeles Chargers head to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia to take on the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, November 6, with kickoff at 1:00 p.m. ET
The Chargers are listed as 3-point favorites on the road with a total of 49.5 points. They face the Falcons for the first time since December 2022 when Los Angeles outscored Atlanta 20-17 as a 1-point home favorite.
The Chargers look to bounce back from a heavy loss to Seattle
The Los Angeles Chargers (4-3; 4-3 ATS) are fresh off a break, but there are still plenty of question marks ahead of Sunday’s clash against Atlanta. WR Keenan Allen and linebackers Amen Ogbongbemiga and Chris Rumph II missed practice Thursday, while RB Austin Ekeler participated on a limited basis. Wide receiver Mike Williams suffered an ankle injury in Week 7 and will not play against the Falcons, so the Chargers’ receiving corps could be severely thinned in Week 9.
Los Angeles ended their three-game winning streak in Week 7, losing to the Seattle Seahawks 37-23 as 5-point home favorites. The Chargers allowed 191 yards through the air and 213 yards on the ground while in possession over 26:03. Ekeler led the way for Los Angeles with 127 scrimmage yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Justin Herbert was 33 of 51 for 293 yards, a pair of touchdowns and an interception.
“We were able to fight our way back and get back in the game, but there’s a lot of energy that goes with that. Then we just didn’t play a clean enough second half in any phase to build momentum and get the lead,” Chargers coach said Brandon Staley said.
“As hard as we’ve had to fight for seven games, we’re going to have to fight a lot harder these last 10 to 13 games.”
— Los Angeles Chargers (@chargers) October 24, 2022
The Chargers are scoring 23.4 points per game (11the in the NFL) in 279.4 passing yards (4the) and 88.9 rushing yards (27the). They lean too heavily on Justin Herbert’s arm while recording just 3.7 yards per carry. On the other side of the ball, the Chargers need to get better ASAP if they want to make it to the postseason. Los Angeles is allowing 27.0 points per contest (31St.) in 220.0 passing yards (18the) and 137.6 rushing yards (27the).
The Falcons aim for their fourth consecutive victory at home
The Atlanta Falcons (4-4; 6-2 ATS) are coming off a 37-34 overtime victory over the Carolina Panthers in Week 8. It was their third straight win at home as the Falcons bounced back from a strong 35-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 7. Atlanta gave up 21 fourth-quarter points to Carolina and survived a pair of potential game-winning kicks before Younghoe Koo made a 41-yard field goal with 1:55 remaining. play in extra time.
Marcus Mariota was 20 of 28 for 253 yards, three touchdowns and a pair of interceptions last week. He also had six carries for 43 yards, including a 30-yard run in overtime that set up Koo’s game-winning goal.
“He’s a tough guy,” Falcons coach Arthur Smith. said when asked about Mariota’s great career. “That’s why we believe in Marcus. There aren’t a lot of guys that can make that play.”
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The Falcons accumulate 25.0 points per game (tied at 6the in the NFL) in 162.6 passing yards (29the) and 158.1 rushing yards. They rank sixth in the league at 3dr down conversion (44.9%) and ninth in red zone percentage (64.0%). On the defensive side, Atlanta is giving up 25.6 points per game (29the) in 306.9 passing yards (32North Dakota) and 108.9 rushing yards (11the).
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State of the initiates:
The Falcons have the worst passing defense in the NFL, and their injury-depleted secondary will have another tough day at the front office. The Chargers love to throw the ball, but they also have a lot of injury concerns and will miss Mike Williams, who had 37 receptions for 495 yards and three touchdowns in the first seven weeks of the season. The Falcons get RB Coraderelle Patterson (knee) back, which will be a huge boost.
Atlanta’s offense will be looking to make the most of the Chargers’ defensive streak, so I expect a close battle at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Hereby, give me the underdogs to cover. The Falcons have been fantastic against the spread thus far and are 4-1 ATS in their previous five starts in Week 9. On the other hand, the Chargers have only covered once in their last 11 games played in November.
Prediction: Atlanta Falcons +3.0 (-110)
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State of the initiates:
The Falcons should run at will against the Chargers, who will torture Atlanta’s D pass, so my best betting pick between the Chargers and the Falcons is the bottom of the totals. Both teams have had major problems defending so far this season. Atlanta has allowed 69 points in the last two weeks, and the Chargers have given up 24 or more points in each of their last six games except one.
The lead is 4-1 in the Chargers’ last five games overall and 5-1 in their previous six appearances on the road. On the other hand, the total has been topped in six of Atlanta’s last nine games overall.
Prediction: Over 49.5 points (-110)
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