The San Francisco 49ers (4-4, 2-1 Home) welcome the Los Angeles Chargers (5-3, 3-1 Away) at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday. The 49ers are seven-point favorites, and the total is 45.5. Los Angeles is coming off a narrow 20-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium last Sunday.
Justin Herbert was 30 of 43 for 245 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Austin Ekeler ran 14 times for 47 yards and a touchdown. Joshua Palmer was targeted 10 times, catching eight passes for 106 yards.
San Francisco beat the Los Angeles Rams 31-14 at SoFi Stadium on October 30. Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns. Christian McCaffrey scored on the ground and through the air.
He carried 18 times for 94 yards and a touchdown and added eight catches for 55 yards and a receiving TD. Brandon Aiyuk added a touchdown of his own. He hauled in six receptions for 81 yards.
The teams are meeting in the regular season for the first time since September 2018, a 29-27 win for the Chargers.
TALE OF THE TAPE
The Chargers are averaging 23.0 points per game for the season, 13th in the NFL, and they are facing a 49ers defense that has surrendered 18.4 PPG (6th). Meanwhile, San Francisco has scored 22.0 points a game this season, 19th in the league, and Los Angeles is allowing 25.8 PPG (30th).
The Chargers rank as one of the league’s worst teams in rushing yards per game (89.1, 28th), while they are 6th in passing yards (281.8). They will face a particularly tough test on the ground, as the 49ers are No. 1 in the league in rushing yards allowed per game (86.6). Against the pass, San Francisco is 13th (221.3).
San Francisco is 12th in the league in passing yards per game (248.1) and 15th in rushing (119.5). Los Angeles’ defense has been most susceptible on the ground, as the Chargers are 29th in the league in rushing yards allowed per game (145.5). Against the pass, the Chargers are 15th (224.4).
Through eight games, Justin Herbert has thrown for 13 touchdowns (5 INT) and 281.8 yards per game to lead Los Angeles in passing. In four away games this season, he has seven TDs (2 INT) and an average of 286.8 yards passing.
Austin Ekeler leads the team in rushing with an average of 53.4 yards a game over eight games. He’s also contributed to the aerial attack with 47.6 receiving yards a game. He has six touchdowns on the ground. Mike Williams is the Chargers’ leading receiver with 70.7 yards a game and three TDs.
He is averaging 5.3 receptions on 8.4 targets per game. Jimmy Garoppolo has 11 passing touchdowns (4 INT) with 241.6 yards per game through seven games to lead San Francisco. In three home games this season, he has thrown for four TDs (1 INT) and an average of 232.0 yards.
Jeff Wilson Jr. has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 58.5 yards a game through eight games. He has two touchdowns. Brandon Aiyuk has been a key target in the 49ers’ aerial attack. He has four touchdowns and a 60.4 yard per game average through eight appearances.
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LA Chargers +7.5 (-110)
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