NFL Week 8 Odds: Titans vs Chargers Predictions

October 30th, 2010 by

titans vs chargersThe definition of insanity by some popular accounts is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result; there could be no more apt description for picking the San Diego Chargers (2-5) once again to win a game at home against a much better NFL betting odds opponent.

But when the Tennessee Titans (5-2) visit San Diego this weekend betting gurus are suggesting you bet on the home team to beat a clearly better Titans squad just as they did last week versus an obviously better New England (5-1) squad.

And you should do it.

The Titans are a good team, of that there’s little doubt. At 5-2 this team has a great shot at the post season even in the ultra-competitive AFC South. It’s also got the 3rd ranked defense in the NFL (16.7 points per game). And in case you’ve been living in collapsed mine shaft somewhere it also has RB Chris Johnson (94.6 ypg, 7 TDs), a fantasy football dream and run defenses nightmare.

The Titans are also coming off 3 straight wins over decent opponents (Dallas, Jax and Philly) and are perfect 3-0 in NFL gambling matchups on the road this season.

Doesn’t matter.

The Chargers will win this game. Despite the Titans overwhelming advantages on paper, the Chargers actually match up well against the Titans. The Titans D has been impressive as a hole but its pass defense ranks 23rd in the league and is giving up 230.4 yards per game. It’s also given up 7 TDs. And even though it’s got 12 picks on the year, against a good QB like Phillip Rivers that doesn’t mean all that much.

Speaking of Rivers, he’s quietly off to one of the best starts in NFL history. He’s averaging 334.9 ypg and has 13 TDs and just 6 INTs on the season. He’s also got a talented group of receivers –when healthy- and Antonio Gates has been the best Red Zone weapon in the NFL this season. Gates has 8 TDs in 7 seven games and should have 9 if wasn’t for a mishandled pass last week in the home loss to the Pats.

On defense the Chargers also have the tools to hand Tennessee a loss. The Bolts run D has been superb this year giving up just 85.7 yards per game (4th best in the NFL) and just 4 rushing TDs.

Bolts finally get another sports betting win at home.

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