The Los Angeles Chargers (5-5, 3-2 Away) are on the road to take on the Arizona Cardinals (4-7, 1-5 Home) at State Farm Stadium on Sunday. The Chargers are three-point favorites, and the total is 48.5. Los Angeles is coming off a close 30-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at SoFi Stadium last Sunday.
Justin Herbert was 23 of 30 for 280 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Austin Ekeler ran 19 times for 83 yards and a touchdown. Joshua Palmer was targeted 10 times, catching eight passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns.Arizona lost 38-10 to the San Francisco 49ers at Estadio Azteca on Monday.
Colt McCoy threw for 277 yards and an interception. James Conner carried 14 times for 42 yards and a touchdown. Greg Dortch was targeted 10 times, hauling in nine receptions for 103 yards.
The teams are meeting in the regular season for the first time since November 2018, a 45-10 win for the Chargers.
TALE OF THE TAPE
The Chargers are averaging 22.7 points per game for the season, 14th in the NFL, and they are facing a Cardinals defense that has surrendered 26.9 PPG (31st). Meanwhile, Arizona has scored 21.8 points a game this season, 18th in the league, and Los Angeles is allowing 25.8 PPG (29th).
The Chargers rank as one of the league’s worst teams in rushing yards per game (87.9, 30th), while they are 6th in passing yards (273.0). The Cardinals are 25th in passing yards allowed per game (258.8) and 13th against the run (114.9).
Arizona is 14th in the league in passing yards per game (245.0) and 21st in rushing (108.9). Los Angeles’ defense has been most beatable on the ground, as the Chargers are 30th in the league in rushing yards allowed per game (148.4).
Against the pass, the Chargers are 19th (236.4).Arizona ranks as the one of the lowest volume red zone offenses in the NFL, advancing inside the 20-yard-line only 2.9 times per game (30th) and scoring a touchdown on 59% of those possessions (12th).
Through 10 games, Justin Herbert has thrown for 16 touchdowns (7 INT) and 273.0 yards per game to lead Los Angeles in passing. In five away games this season, he has eight TDs (3 INT) and an average of 268.6 yards passing. Austin Ekeler leads the team in rushing with an average of 53.4 yards a game over 10 games.
He’s also contributed to the passing game with 43.7 receiving yards a game. He has seven touchdowns on the ground. Mike Williams is the Chargers’ leading receiver with 63.8 yards a game and three TDs. He is averaging 4.8 receptions on 7.5 targets per game.
Kyler Murray has 12 passing touchdowns (6 INT) with 240.9 yards per game through nine games to lead Arizona. In five home games this season, he has thrown for six TDs (1 INT) and an average of 227.2 yards.
Kyler Murray also leads the team in rushing with an average of 39.9 yards per game. He has two touchdowns on the ground. DeAndre Hopkins has been the primary target in the Cardinals’ aerial attack. He has two touchdowns and a 97.4 yard per game average through five appearances. DeAndre Hopkins is averaging 11.6 targets per game (9.0 receptions).
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LA Chargers (-145)
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