New England Patriots Vs. Los Angeles Chargers Live: 2019 NFL Playoff Divisional Round Odds And Picks
The New England Patriots begin their quest to return to the Super Bowl this afternoon when the Los Angeles Chargers come to town for an AFC Divisional Round matchup. Although they had a worse record than their upcoming opponent at 11-5, the Patriots earned the right to host this game—as well as a first-round bye—by winning the AFC East. The Chargers were forced to participate in the Wild Card, where they bested the Baltimore Ravens, after placing second in the AFC West despite finishing the campaign with a superior 12-4 record. All eyes will be on the quarterbacks in this 2019 NFL Playoffs contest, as it will feature two future Hall of Famers in New England’s Tom Brady and Los Angeles’ Philip Rivers. These stars have met twice prior in the postseason, with Brady getting the best of Rivers in both of those bouts.
The Patriots are the smallest favorite of the Divisional Round, opening as four-point chalk over the Chargers. New England didn’t have as strong of a campaign as fans have become accustomed to, which is mostly due to their poor performances on the road, where they scored just 21.6 points per game on average. They did play excellent in their own digs, however, winning every single game played at Gillette Stadium and becoming the only team to finish undefeated at home in 2018. They did this by scoring an average of 32.9 points in those contests, over 10 points per game more than they put up on the road. The Pats also have a strong track record in the playoffs at this venue, having won eight games in a row at Gillette dating back to 2012, when they lost to the Ravens in an AFC Divisional contest. That was the most recent of only three total home postseason losses for the Pats during Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era. New England has gone an outstanding 19-3 at Foxborough since the start of the 2001 playoffs and have a good chance to extend that record to 20-3 with a victory this afternoon. The Chargers are no clearly stranger to the home prowess of the Patriots—the club is just 1-5 at Gillette with Philip Rivers under center—having lost the aforementioned pair of postseason battles back in 2006 and 2007. While the signal-callers remain the same, both organizations have changed drastically in the decade-plus since those clashes. This year’s Bolts squad is especially adept on the road, going an impressive 8-1 in games played away from Los Angeles. Their defense has been especially fantastic at quieting crowds, allowing a mere 19.8 points per away game.
Will the Pats continue their dominance over the Bolts—Brady is 7-0 all-time against Rivers—with a big win on Sunday, or will the Chargers finally find a way to upset this nemesis? Pro handicapper Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com has a take on the outcome that you will not want to miss. Before seeing who the Vegas expert has advancing to the AFC Championship Game to meet the Kansas City Chiefs, take a look at the full schedule, TV viewing info, kickoff start time and updated odds for this Patriots–Chargers clash. You can also find relevant betting trends, quotes, tweets and more related to the final AFC Divisional Round matchup of the 2019 NFL Playoffs.