NFL Betting Preview: Los Angeles Chargers vs. Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers (0-2) are 6.5-point underdogs heading into their matchup on Sunday, September 27, 2020 against the Los Angeles Chargers (1-1). The point total is set at 43.5.
Game InfoGame Day: Sunday, September 27, 2020 Game Time: 4:05 PM ET TV Channel: CBS Location: Inglewood, CA Stadium: SoFi Stadium
Chargers Players to WatchLast year, Tyrod Taylor collected 33 passing yards (4.1 yards per game) while going 4-for-6 (66.7% completion percentage) and throwing one touchdown and zero interceptions in eight games. A season ago, Austin Ekeler churned out 557 rushing yards (34.8 yards per game) and scored three touchdowns in 16 games. He tacked on 92 catches for 993 yards (62.1 receiving yards per game) with eight receiving touchdowns. Justin Jackson amassed 200 rushing yards on 29 carries (28.6 yards per game), with zero touchdowns on the ground over the course of seven games in 2019. Last season, Keenan Allen grabbed 104 passes (on 150 targets) for 1,199 yards (74.9 yards per game) and scored six touchdowns in 16 games. Mike Williams contributed with 49 catches for 1,001 yards and two touchdowns over the course of 15 games last year. He was targeted 90 times and put up 66.7 receiving yards per game. Joey Bosa boasted an impressive statline of 11.5 sacks, 17.0 TFL and 66 tackles over 16 games. Nick Vigil's 2019 campaign saw him total 108 tackles, 3.0 TFL, one sack, and one interception over 16 games. Rayshawn Jenkins picked off three passes while adding 52 tackles, 2.0 TFL, and four passes defended over 16 games a season ago.
Panthers Players to WatchTeddy Bridgewater threw for 1,384 yards while completing 67.9% of his passes (133-of-196), with nine touchdowns and two interceptions in nine games last year (153.8 yards per game). Curtis Samuel rushed for 130 yards on 19 attempts (8.1 yards per game) while scoring one touchdown in 16 games a season ago. He also averaged 39.2 receiving yards per game, grabbing 54 passes for 627 yards and six touchdowns. Reggie Bonnafon amassed 116 rushing yards on 16 carries (7.3 yards per game), with one touchdown on the ground over the course of 16 games in 2019. D.J. Moore hauled in 87 passes for 1,175 yards last season with four touchdowns. He was targeted 135 times and averaged 78.3 yards per game over 15 outings. Robby Anderson tacked on 779 yards on 52 grabs with five touchdowns. He was targeted 96 times and averaged 48.7 receiving yards per game over 16 matchups last year. Brian Burns had a solid body of work a year ago, registering 7.5 sacks, 5.0 TFL and 23 tackles over 16 games. In 14 games over his 2019 campaign, Shaq Thompson totaled 108 tackles, 11.0 TFL, and three sacks. Last season, Tre Boston grabbed three interceptions and added 68 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and 11 passes defended in 16 games.
Chargers vs Panthers: Last 5 MeetingsIn the past five meetings, Carolina holds a 4-1 record against Los Angeles. Carolina has scored 121 points in the last five meetings while only giving up 86 to Los Angeles
Chargers vs Panthers: Last Five Meetings
When the Chargers have the ball...The Chargers averaged 8.3 fewer points per game last season (21.1) than the Panthers allowed (29.4). When they met or went over their scoring average last season, Los Angeles was 4-1. Carolina was 5-4 last season in games where they allowed fewer than 29.4 points. The Chargers offense averaged 367.4 total yards per game last season, within 7.1 yards of the 374.5 the Panthers defense allowed. When the Los Angeles offense put together a game with at least their 2019 average in yardage, they were 4-2 last season. When the Carolina defense allowed less than their season average for total yards last season they were 2-5. The Panthers allowed opposing rushing attacks to average 143.5 yards per game in 2019 compared to the 90.8 yards the Chargers offense averaged on the ground per contest. Los Angeles was 3-5 last season when they ran for at least their season average. When Carolina limited opposing teams to 143.5 rushing yards or fewer they were 4-4 last year. The Panthers forced about the same amount of turnovers per game (1.3) as the Chargers offense committed (1.9). In games where they turned the football over 1.9 times or fewer, Los Angeles was 4-3 last season. Carolina's record last season when they forced more than 1.3 turnovers: 5-0
When the Panthers have the ball...Last year, the Panthers racked up just 0.4 fewer points per game (21.2) than the Chargers surrendered (21.6). Carolina went 4-3 overall a season ago when the team recorded at least 21.2 points. Last season, Los Angeles had a 4-1 record in games when it held opponents to 21.1 or fewer points. In 2019, the Panthers averaged 28.7 more yards per game (341.8), than the Chargers allowed per outing (313.1). In contests where the Los Angeles offense totaled at least their average yard output last season, they were 4-2. In games Los Angeles kept its opponents to 313.1 or fewer yards last year, it recorded a 3-4 record. The Panthers rushed for 113.7 yards per game last season, just 0.9 more yards per game than the 112.8 the Chargers allowed per contest. Carolina recorded a 3-5 record when the team ran for at least 113.7 yards last year. Last season, Los Angeles finished 3-6 when holding opponents to no more than 112.8 yards on the ground. The Panthers turned the ball over 1.3 more times per game last year (2.2) than the Chargers forced turnovers on average (0.9). In 2019, Carolina finished 4-4 when it turned the ball over 2.2 times or less. When it forced 0.9 or more turnovers last season, Los Angeles had a 2-9 record.
Chargers Fantasy LeadersEkeler ended the season 30th overall among all players and seventh among all RBs in 2019 with 217.0 fantasy points (13.6 per game). Allen collected 157.5 fantasy points a season ago (9.8 per game), good enough to place him 59th overall and 11th among wide receivers in league-wide fantasy standings. Last year, Williams' 112.3 total fantasy points made him the No. 105 fantasy player and No. 37 wide receiver. He averaged 7.5 fantasy points per game. Hunter Henry put together the 126th-ranked fantasy season (eighth among tight ends) in 2019 with 95.2 fantasy points, averaging 7.9 per game.
Panthers Fantasy LeadersMoore put together a strong 2019 fantasy season, scoring 143.5 total fantasy points (9.6 per game) to finish 73rd overall and 21st among wide receivers in the league-wide fantasy rankings. Last year, Samuel finished as the 102nd-ranked fantasy player overall and the 36th-ranked wide receiver. He put up 117.7 fantasy points, averaging 7.4 per game. Anderson was the 38th-best wide receiver and the 108th-best fantasy player overall with 110.3 fantasy points last season, averaging 6.9 per game. Bridgewater scored 90.5 fantasy points in the 2019 campaign (10.1 per game). He was the 32nd-ranked quarterback and the 132nd-ranked player overall.
Chargers vs Panthers Betting Information
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Chargers Betting InsightsLast year, Los Angeles put together a losing 4-9-1 record against the spread. Last season, the Chargers had an equal ATS record of 1-1 when playing as at least 6.5-point favorites. In the previous season, just six of Los Angeles' 14 games with a betting line went above the point total (42.9% of its opportunities).
Chargers Home TrendsLos Angeles compiled just a 1-6 record against the spread at home last year, and went 2-6 overall in home games. The Chargers put together just a 0-1 ATS record when favored by at least 6.5 points in home games last season. Los Angeles hit the over just one time in eight opportunities at home last year (12.5%). Chargers home games last season averaged 42.9 total points, 0.6 fewer than this outing's over/under (43.5).
Panthers Betting InsightsMost of Carolina's games with a betting line last year -- 10 out of 14 opportunities -- went over the point total (71.4%) Carolina put together a losing 6-7-1 record against the spread last year. The Panthers went just 0-1 ATS last season when an underdog by at least 6.5 points.
Panthers Road TrendsCarolina finished an even 4-4 against the spread in away games last year, and went 3-5 overall on the road. Carolina hit the over in 62.5% of its away games last year (five of eight opportunities). Panthers away games last season averaged 52.5 total points, 9.0 more than this contest's over/under (43.5).
Additional InfoLast season, Los Angeles played in five games that ended with a combined score higher than 43.5 (31.2% of matchups). Last year, Carolina played 11 games that ended with a point total higher than 43.5 (68.8% of matchups). The two teams combined to score 42.3 points per contest last season, 1.2 fewer points than this game's point total. Combined, these teams gave up 51 points per contest last year, 7.5 more points than the over/under for this game. The Chargers had an average point total of 42.6 in their contests last season, 0.9 fewer points than this game's over/under. The Panthers had a 50.6-point average over/under in their matchups last year, 7.1 more points than the total for this game.
Bryan Bulaga: Questionable (Knee),
Justin Jones: Out (Shoulder),
Trai Turner: Questionable (Groin),
Tyrod Taylor: Out (Ribs),
Melvin Ingram: Doubtful (Knee),
Nick Vigil: Doubtful (Groin),
Rayshawn Jenkins: Questionable (Groin),
Asmar Bilal: Out (Calf),
Justin Jackson: Doubtful (Quadricep)
Kawann Short: Doubtful (Foot),
Russell Okung: Questionable (Groin),
Dennis Daley: Doubtful (Ankle)
Last Updated on 2020-9-27 2:47 a.m. EDT