The Los Angeles Chargers’ weird season will continue Sunday when they travel to Hard Rock Stadium in Miami to take on quite possibly the hottest team in the league, the Miami Dolphins. The Chargers have lost six of their eight games, each by seven points or fewer. Meanwhile, the Dolphins, despite a quarterback change, have won four games in a row.
MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Miami -135, while the Chargers check in at +115.
Los Angeles Chargers Betting Preview: Get Over the Hump
The Los Angeles Chargers come into play with a record of 2-6, 5.5 games behind the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West. As was noted earlier, each of the Chargers’ six losses has come by seven points or fewer. When you watch them, you see a decent football team.
In the Chargers’ last game, they fell to the Las Vegas Raiders 31-26. Quarterback Justin Herbert was once again excellent. He completed 28/42 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns. One of those went to wideout Keenan Allen, who caught nine passes for 103 yards, including the score.
After running back Justin Jackson went down with a knee injury in the first quarter, Kalen Ballage, a player the Chargers promoted from the practice squad on Saturday, stepped in and played very well. He carried the ball 15 times for 69 yards and a touchdown.
On the season, Herbert has been playing at a Pro Bowl level. He has completed 67% of his passes for 2,146 yards and 17 touchdowns. Herbert has been intercepted just five times, and also has two rushing scores on the season.
The Chargers lean heavily on Allen in the passing game. Herbert’s favorite target has caught 62 passes for 651 yards and four touchdowns. Tight end Hunter Henry is the next biggest recipient of Herbert’s generosity, as he has caught 33 passes for 357 yards and a touchdown.
Miami Dolphins Betting Preview: Stay Red Hot
The Miami Dolphins come into play with a record of 5-3. They trail the Buffalo Bills by a game and a half in the AFC East. Miami has won four games in a row and five of their last six. Their most recent victory came over a red-hot Arizona Cardinals team.
Rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is off to a slower start than Herbert but has looked sharp through two starts. Tua completed 20/28 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns against Arizona and carried the ball seven times for 35 yards. Miami’s defense found the scoreboard when Shaq Lawson scooped up a fumble and returned it 36 yards for a score.
In Tagovailoa’s two starts this season, plus relief duty, he has completed 65% of his passes for 350 yards and three scores. He has not thrown an interception.
Wide receiver Preston Williams was placed on injured reserve Wednesday due to a foot injury. The Dolphins are also thin at running back due to other injuries, so Williams’ absence does not help the offense. Salvon Ahmed was the latest to test the revolving door for the running backs Sunday, and he carried the ball seven times for 38 yards.
Betting Lines and Predictions
MyBookie currently has a moneyline of Miami -135, while the Chargers currently sit at +115. The Dolphins are three-point favorites, and the over/under is 48.5.
The Chargers will likely find themselves in another close game. The quarterbacks will once again decide the fate of their team. Tua will have to make plays himself because of the injuries, while Herbert will continue to air it out. Miami’s defense is a touch better than L.A’s, so that’s where they get the edge. Take the Dolphins in this one.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Miami Dolphins (-3).