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Chargers visit Redskins in Week 9 battle

San Diego ChargersWashington Redskins

The San Diego Chargers are off to a 4-3 start for new head coach Mike McCoy.

Unfortunately, that only means they're in third place in the AFC West, behind 8-0 Kansas City and 7-1 Denver.

Coming off their bye week the Chargers, 5-1-1 ATS on the season, look to continue their good start when they make their third visit to the Eastern Time Zone this year for a bout with RG III and the 2-5 Washington Redskins Sunday afternoon (1 pm ET, CBS).

While San Diego looks like it might battle for a wild-card berth, Washington is experiencing a sophomore slump with Griffin, after making the playoffs last year. Last week the 'Skins gave up the last 38 points of the game in losing at Denver 45-21, falling to 2-5 ATS on the season.

As of early this week most NFL betting outlets were listing this game as a pick 'em.

The Redskins are 2-5 so far on the season, and 2-5 ATS vs. the number. The Chargers, meanwhile, are 4-3 and 5-1-1 ATS. Over under bettors have seen Washington go 4-3 and the Chargers go 3-4 on the totals.

View San Diego Chargers vs Washington Redskins Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as a PK in this one at most sportsbooks tracked here at OddsShark (including BetOnline), while the total was hovering around 51 at most shops.

This game matches up the No. 19 (Redskins) and the No. 15 (Chargers) teams in the league, according to our current NFL Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 27-16 result in favor of the Chargers is predicted by handicapping models.

San Diego won its last outing, a 24-6 result against the Jaguars on October 20. The Chargers covered in that game as a 7.5-point favorite, while the 30 combined points took the game UNDER the total. Last time we saw the Jaguars, they had no answer for Ryan Mathews as the Chargers rolled to a 24-6 victory at EverBank Field.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Washington's No. 10-ranked offense (24.71 PPG) against a Chargers defense that ranks No. 9 at 20.57 PPG. The Redskins passing attack has averaged 257.14 yards per game, less than the Chargers give up through the air (273.14 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Chargers own the league's No. 16-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 113 yards per game when on the road. Washington, on the other hand, rates No. 7 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Chargers at Redskins trends to consider:
San Diego is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games
San Diego is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of San Diego's last 5 games
San Diego is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Washington is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Washington is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
Washington is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Washington's last 9 games at home

Next up:
San Diego at Denver, Sunday, November 10th
Washington at Minnesota, Thursday, November 7th