NFL Week Nine Picks Against the Spread: Green Bay Packers vs. San Diego Chargers
The Green Bay Packers are the best team in the National Football League and they have yet to lose a game. The San Diego Chargers are off perhaps the most embarrassing loss of the season on Monday night football. This Sunday these two teams will meet on the field in one of the best games of the week.
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Kickoff time is 4:15 p.m. (Eastern) and the game will be televised by CBS, with Thom Brennaman, along with Brian Billick and Laura Okmin, working the game.
Coming off a bye week, the Packers should be well rested and ready to go for this game. The NFL odds for week nine opened with the Packers as 5.5 point favorites and the number was quickly bet up to six points after the Chargers self-destructed on Monday Night Football.
The Chargers seemed like they could have won the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on multiple occasions but kept giving the ball away, literally. The biggest turnover occurred in game winning position when Bolts quarterback Phillip Rivers fumbled the ball, and the game, to the Chiefs. Now they are back at home and have to get ready for the best team in the league on a short week.
This year the bye week does not always equate to victories, but it can only help the high-flying Packers. One thing to remember is that the Packers defense has not been as impressive as in the past. They rank 28th overall on defense and 31st against the pass and should be vulnerable to the passing attack of the Chargers.
The Chargers are also backed by some NFL trends in this game. The Chargers are 22-7-3 against the spread (ATS) in their last 32 games as an underdog, 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 games as an underdog of 3.5-10.0, and 16-7-1 ATS in their last 24 home games against a team with a winning road record.
NFL Team Trend of The Game: Using the extensive database at NFL Team Trends I found this interesting trend on the Chargers. Since 2006 the Chargers are 26-17 against the spread at home. That number jumps to 13-8 (61%) when they are coming off a loss and it increases to 13-8 (68%) when they failed to cover in that game. Find your own trends on this game when you sign up for free at NFL Team Trends.
The Packers are going to catch an angry Chargers team that is desperate for a win, led by a quarterback eager for redemption. The Chargers plus the points is the way to go in this game.
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