Following yet another NFL winner on Thursday Night Football with the Buccaneers present with the victory, we’re back at it again with a slate of Sunday NFL action.
In the early games, we will head to the Motor City where the Detroit Lions will look to remain afloat in the competitive NFC North division as they host one of the league’s premier squads from the L.A. Chargers. Detroit had a challenging result a week, drawing on the Cardinals and allowing the victory slip away late. Things will not get any easier with the Chargers coming in to city, though their accidents might keep them from actually hitting their stride.
The visitors have any early season challenges. Melvin Gordon is holding out, though Austin Ekeler is capable of filling the void. Having said that, Hunter Henry is out for the year at the end spot. That is a reduction for the passing attack and Philip Rivers. The Chargers have weapons, but having an onslaught of injuries — it will not be simple to continue their winning ways.
This ought to be a fun game, according to how this will be on the distribute. Can the Chargers shake off the injury bug and continue their search to be successful in the post-season? Continue reading below the chances for game analysis and a prediction.
L.A. Chargers -1.5 (-109)
@ Detroit Lions +1.5 (-111)
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One of the bigger surprises of Week 1 was Matt Patricia’s side played in their first game of the year. Their offense clicked against the Arizona Cardinals and deserved to close out that match-up with a success.
The Cardinals’ defense was improved and the new-look Lions attack thrived through three quarters. This is a fantastic sign going forward, and should be able to continue from Los Angeles.
One of the big weapons the Lions currently have is a legitimate tight-end in T.J. Hockenson. Even the first-rounder was topnotch in every sense of the word in Week 1, because pass-catching ability, pace, and his blocking could not be contained. Expect more of the same vs. the Chargers.
Los Angeles is unquestionably currently battling with with injuries, and because of this will probably get exploited around the area when it comes to covering Hockenson. There is nobody inside their team that can shadow him with Derwin James out injured. The Chargers are feeble at the secondary — likely meaning Matt Stafford ought to have the ability to connect with the likes of Marvin Jones or Kenny Golladay with some regularity.
This really is a defensive team and after seeing exactly what the Colts and Marlon Mack did past week to mimic the approach. The two Kerryon Johnson and C.J. Anderson should be able to ram the ball down the Chargers’ interior, and maintain those chains moving.
It’s all about the pass rush for Detroit. They will be directed by the likes of Trey Flowers and that tandem and Devon Kennard should have the ability to frighten on the Chargers’ offensive line, forcing Philip Rivers into many scenarios that were hurried. Austin Ekeler had success a week and spearheaded the Chargers’ assault, but the Lions will be ready for the floor game. A legitimately run defense, led by the big Snacks Harrison is possessed by detroit. To operate will probably be tight, and Detroit should restrain the trenches.
The Chargers are an elite group, but their injuries and the journey to perform in an early match does not bode well for them. Detroit has shown that its better than the market thinks at the present time, and their crime is well-positioned to take advantage of Los Angeles’ flaws. Expect the Lions to have a convincing home victory on Sunday afternoon.

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