By W.G. Ramirez

San Diego has never been known as a team that can travel well.

Last week it did just fine in Philadelphia. Then again, when you have a team like the Eagles, running the offense coach Chip Kelly runs, you’re going to have a very weary team on your hands. Though the Chargers have won three straight in Tennessee and nine consecutive overall in series, today will be a good test for the Chargers (1-1), who go back on the road, traveling a little less than they did last week. Waiting in Nashville are the spunky Titans (1-1), who might be in the right spot at the right time to knock off the Bolts.

The Chargers might be averaging 37.7 points per game over their past three versus the Titans, and yes Philip Rivers was 36 of 47 for 419 yards and three touchdown passes to Eddie Royal in last week’s 33-30 victory at Philadelphia, but the Titans have a staunch defense that is tied for 11th overall in the league.

The Titans, who are mired in a 4-11 ATS slide in their past 15 games as a favorite, they’ve won two of their past three home openers. San Diego, meanwhile, has covered 8 of 9 against Tennessee since 1993, and is on an 8-3 ATS win streak as an underdog.

Looking at some of the other intriguing lines and stats in the NFL:

Texans (-1′) at Ravens – The storyline here is the return of safety Ed Reed to Baltimore, and whether or not he’ll play for the Texans (2-0) in this game, as he’s been dealing with a nagging hip injury. Retired Ray Lewis is also coming back just to see his name added to the Ravens’ Ring of Honor.

The Ravens (1-1) are on a 6-1 straight-up run against the Texans. Last season Houston won 43-13 in October, so revenge might be a factor for Baltimore.

Rams at Cowboys (-3) – Look for Dallas’ defense to be tested, as St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford is off to the fastest start of his four-year career with 651 yards through two games. He had 352 yards last week against Atlanta, the second-best total of career, in a losing cause as the Rams (1-1) lost to Atlanta 31-24. It could very well be a quarterback-showdown, as Cowboys signal-caller Tony Romo has completed more than 70 percent of passes in both games, albeit his average per attempt is 6.2 yards, significantly lower than career mark of 7.9.

The Cowboys (1-1) are in on an abysmal 4-14 ATS run at home, while the Rams have covered 6 of their last 7 on the road.

Packers (-3) at Bengals – Not too hard to figure out who will be in the spotlight here, as the matchup of the day could very well be Cincinnati’s defense against Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was 34 for 42 for a career-high 480 yards and four touchdowns in last week’s 38-20 win over the Washington Redskins last Sunday. Also, James Jones had a career-best 178 yards receiving in the win. It was the first time the Packers (1-1) had a 400-yard passer and 100-yard rusher in the same game.

The Packers come in on a 5-1 ATS run against the Bengals (1-1), dating back to 1986, while they’ve covered 8 of 9 as the installed chalk. Cincinnati has covered 5 of its last 9 as an underdog.

Bears (-2) at Steelers – Interesting Sunday night game, as Chicago rolls in as the favorite here, something probably not expected when the season first started. After all, the Bears (2-0) haven’t won in Pittsburgh since 1989. But after scoring fourth-quarter comebacks in their first two games, the Bears are looking to open up 3-0 on the strength of quarterback Jay Cutler. He completed 28 of 39 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns in Chicago’s 31-30 victory over Minnesota last week.  The Steelers, who are looking to avoid their first 0-3 start since 1986, have lost seven of their last nine dating back to Week 10 of the 2012 season.

Chicago is mired in a 1-5-1 ATS slide overall, while Pittsburgh is in on a 1-5 ATS skid overall. Also, the Steelers have gone 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home.


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