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Chargers clinging to slim playoff hopes vs Jets

The Los Angeles Chargers will look to keep their slim playoff hopes alive in the Big Apple in Week 16 vs the New York Jets. The Chargers are coming off an embarrassing 30-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and their highly touted defense got exposed. However, Los Angeles’s chances to make the postseason are still barely intact and it’s now a must-win game in New York. The Chargers opened as 6.5-point favorites to run over the jinxed Jets.

SHARK BITES
  • The Chargers are 1-4 SU in their last five games in the early afternoon.
  • The Jets are 5-1 SU and 6-0 ATS in their last six games after consecutive losses.
  • The Chargers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games.

It seemed like a storybook ending was set for the Los Angeles Chargers. They had just won four in a row after an 0-4 SU start to the season and were the pick of a lot of experts to challenge New England and Pittsburgh for the AFC crown. Well, the Chiefs may have put an end to that and now the Chargers will need to take care of business over the next two weeks and hope teams ahead of them stumble. What got exposed vs the Chiefs was their rush defense, which ranks 30th in the NFL, allowing over 128 yards per game. And the Chargers don’t want to look past the Jets, who gave the Saints everything they could handle before falling to New Orleans 31-19. Bettors will also be interested to know that the Chargers are 2-1 ATS this season when favored by 6.5 or more.

New York just won’t go away. In a year when many pegged them to be the worst team in the AFC, the Jets continue to play hard and give opposing teams fits. It hasn’t really translated to wins, though, as they’re 5-9 SU this season and quarterback Bryce Petty will need to improve his play after he was smothered by the Saints defense, which held him to 19 completions on 39 attempts and two interceptions. The saving grace for the Jets, however, is they’ve been a decent cover bet this season and are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 games as an underdog. New York has also been a dog of 6.5 points or more five times this season and while they may be 0-5 SU in those games, they’re 3-2 ATS and have covered three straight times.

The OVER has hit in six of the Jets’ last eight games but the UNDER could be the way to go in this matchup. The Chargers are ranked third in the NFL in points allowed with teams only scoring 18.2 points per game on their defense and the UNDER has hit in eight of their last nine games. When you factor in they’ll be facing Petty, the UNDER might be a great wager to cash in.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Oddsmakers at Bovada had the New York Jets as 7-point underdogs in the game, while the betting total was sitting at 42.5.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game picked a 27-17 victory for the Chargers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Los Angeles Chargers vs New York Jets Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Los Angeles Chargers will try to spoil the party on Sunday; they are 7-6-1 against the spread this season, while the New York Jets are 8-5-1 ATS. Los Angeles is 4-10 on the OVER/UNDER betting totals; New York is 8-6. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and New York vs Los Angeles injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Jets rated this week at No. 21 and the Chargers sitting at No. 8.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits New York's No. 20-ranked offense, averaging 20.36 PPG, against a Chargers defense that ranks No. 3 this week at 18.21 PPG. The Jets aerial game is averaging 205.5 yards per game, more than the Chargers secondary allows through the air, 201.93 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Chargers feature the league's No. 25-rated road run defense, allowing 126.57 yards per game. The Jets, meanwhile, rank No. 8 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Chargers suffered a Week 15 loss against Kansas City in their last game, falling 30-13 at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Jets suffered a Week 15 loss against New Orleans in their last game, falling 31-19 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Betting Trends
  • Los Angeles is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Los Angeles is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Los Angeles's last 9 games
  • Los Angeles is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • New York is 8-3-1 ATS in its last 12 games
  • New York is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of New York's last 8 games
  • New York is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles home to Oakland, Sunday, December 31
New York at New England, Sunday, December 31

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