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Chargers vs Falcons Betting Preview

The San Diego Chargers will be looking for their first win against the Atlanta Falcons since 1988 this Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium.

These two teams don't meet often, but in all five of their meetings since 1991 (most recently in 2008), Atlanta is 5-0 SU and 3-2 ATS. Each of the last six meetings between these two teams has gone UNDER the total.
But check out the Falcons' record as a road underdog lately. They are just 1-4 ATS in five games in this situation and they face an underrated San Diego team.

View Atlanta vs San Diego Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 1.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked here at OddsShark (including BetOnline), while the total was hovering around 47.5 at shops such as GTbets.eu as of Thursday.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 1-rated Chargers and the No. 17-rated Falcons in this matchup. Predictive formulas point to a 42-36 win for the Chargers on Sunday.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits San Diego's No. 5-ranked offense, averaging 30 PPG, against a Falcons defense that ranks No. 15 this week at 22.5 PPG. The Chargers aerial game is averaging 247 yards per game, more than the Falcons secondary allows through the air, 229.5 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Falcons feature the league's No. 27-rated road run defense, allowing 152 yards per game. San Diego, meanwhile, ranks No. 7 in rushing offense at home.

Atlanta was a 27-21 winner in its last match at home against the Broncos. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 48 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Roddy White was good for 102 receiving yards in the Falcons's most recent action, helping his team to a 27-21 victory over the Broncos.

In their last action, San Diego was a 38-10 winner at home against the Titans. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (48) was profitable news for OVER bettors. In their last game, the Chargers got 3 passing scores out of Philip Rivers en route to a 38-10 win over the Titans on Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium.

Atlanta Falcons Trends:
When playing in September are 6-4
When playing on grass are 5-5
After being outgained are 9-1
When playing outside the division are 7-3

San Diego Chargers Trends:
When playing in September are 6-4
When playing on grass are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing outside the division are 5-5

 

A few Falcons at Chargers trends to consider:
Atlanta is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing San Diego
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Atlanta's last 5 games when playing San Diego
Atlanta is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Atlanta's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Diego's last 5 games when playing Atlanta
San Diego is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of San Diego's last 13 games at home
San Diego is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games at home

Next up:
Atlanta home to Carolina, Sunday, September 30
San Diego at Kansas City, Sunday, September 30