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#467 Los Angeles Chargers 40.5 vs.
#468 Tennessee Titans -2.5
Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 4:05pm EDT
Nissan Stadium, Nashville
Written by Scott Reichel

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Both the Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Chargers are 2-4 overall and have lost four of their last five games heading into this contest at LP Field in Tennessee on Sunday afternoon.

Chargers Look To Snap Losing Streak

Los Angeles enters this game with a 2-4 record as it lost to Pittsburgh at home last week on Sunday Night Football. After getting to a .500 record, the Chargers have lost each of their last two games and are in danger of potentially imploding with another loss. On the bright side, the rest of the AFC West has not been great and the Chargers can keep the division deficit to two games with a victory on Sunday. This is extremely important considering the fact that the Chiefs will now be using a backup quarterback for the next few weeks which has given added life to the other three teams in the division. However, if the Chargers lose this game, their season could go off the rails with tough matchups against the Bears and the Packers up next

Leading the Chargers offensively is veteran quarterback Philip Rivers who has been underwhelming this season. Specifically, he has 1,785 passing yards along with nine passing touchdowns. However, Rivers has had serious issues with ball security as he already has six interceptions. On the bright side, Rivers could see more time in the pocket with the potential return of Russell Okung to the offensive line after missing every game up to this point. With Okung back in the lineup, Rivers should have extra time in the pocket to find his receivers.

Titans make a change at QB

Tennessee enters this game at the bottom of the AFC South Division. After a dominating road win against the Falcons a few weeks ago, people thought that the Titans were on the rise and could potentially compete for a division title. However, the opposite occurred and the Titans lost each of their next two games. The main reason why they lost those two games were due to their inefficient offense that scored a combined seven points in those 120 minutes of game time. However, the Titans finally decided to do something drastic about their offense and have named Ryan Tannehill the new starting quarterback moving forward. Whether or not this move will pay off remains to be seen but one cannot blame Tennessee for at least attempting to save its season before it is too late.

Leading the Titans offensively is running back Derrick Henry who has been the only consistent piece of Tennessee’s offense this season. Specifically, he has 416 rushing yards along with four rushing touchdowns. In addition, he also has 102 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown. However, Henry is only averaging 3.7 yards per carry due to the lack of a capable aerial attack to perhaps this change at quarterback will open up some more holes for him in the running game.

Tennessee's biggest threat on defense is safety Kevin Byard who has been great so far this season. Specifically, he has a team-high three interceptions along with five pass defenses. However, this is nothing new as Byard has already been to the Pro Bowl in 2017 en route to being named a first-team All-Pro. Byard might be the most underrated defensive player in the league and he will most likely make another Pro Bowl appearance this season if he continues to play at this current level.

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Even though Tennessee is 0-2 at home this season, I actually like the quarterback change and I think that it will provide a bit of a spark in the short-term future. Tennessee has the superior defense in this matchup and simply needs win the field position battle in order to win this game. If Tannehill can do a decent job at avoiding pressure and making quick decisions, I think that Tennessee can do just enough on offense to beat Los Angeles in a very ugly game of football by at least three points.

Prediction: Titans -2

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Based on how these two teams have played offensively this season, I have to take the under. Tennessee loves to run the ball and it will most likely try to ease Tannehill back into life as an NFL quarterback which should eat up a lot of clock. At the same point, Los Angeles’ offense has not looked great either and I expect Rivers to remain careless with the football. I think that the first team to score 20 points probably wins this game as this matchup should end somewhere in the realm of 20-17. Give me the under as a result.

Prediction: Under 41
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.