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As part of the NFL Weekly In-Depth Analysis series we present the clash between the San Diego Chargers and the Washington Redskins. This is a 1:00 PM EST game that will be played at FedEx Field as the 2-5 Washington Redskins host the 4-3 San Diego Chargers. Here are the Vegas odds for the game and what the Sports Unbiased In-Depth Analysis Team believes will occur this Sunday. The writers taking part are: Josh Madas, Mike Santangelo, “Coach” Mike Fabber, John Yeomans, and Chris Pagliuca.
Vegas Odds (Spread and Over-under): San Diego minus 1, 51 u
Chris’ Pick: The Chargers were finally able to win two games in a row for the first time this season before their bye week. They have looked like a much better team this season behind the superb play of Phillip Rivers, who is finally back to looking like his old self. As for the Redskins, they looked strong running the ball against the Broncos in the first half last week, however, the passing game is just sloppy and RG3 doesn’t look like the same guy we saw last year. I see Rivers continuing to shine and RG3 continuing to struggle. That will be the story in this game. Chargers- 27 Redskins-20
John’s Pick: Let’s face it RG3 is struggling, (53.6 completion percentage, three touchdowns, and 9 turnovers in the last three games) and it’s doesn’t look like he’s going to have the magic to will his team back to the playoffs. In regards to the Chargers their quarterback Phillip Rivers is playing (73.9 completion percentage, 15 touchdowns, and 2,132 passing yards) like the old Rivers who led his team to the AFC Championship (2008). As for the both the Chargers and Redskins they have horrible defenses that struggle to stop opposing offense’s (Redskins give up 32.7 points a game, while the Chargers give up 20.6), which might be an omen that this game will be a high scoring affair. Also, one thing finally going for the Chargers are their running backs Ryan Matthews and Danny Woodhead who quietly are becoming a productive one two punch. The Redskins might put up points on the Chargers skeptical defense but Rivers and the Chargers offense has been playing lights out and should have no problem out scoring Washington a shootout. Chargers 44 Redskins 33
Coach’s Pick: Just when I thought the Redskins put it together they find a way to prove me wrong. RG3 is still getting rocked, no offensive line, bad play calling, and a nonexistent defense makes it hard for me to believe in this team. The Chargers are over achieving greatly this year and I don’t see why it has to end on the east coast. They already won in Philly and had 2 weeks to prepare for this team. Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead are combining for a pretty good backfield and Phillip Rivers is having in my opinion his best year yet. The Chargers will stay in the hunt for a playoff berth with this win 31-24.
Josh’s Pick: I am one of the many people who wanted to see RGIII flourish this season. So far, all we have seen is a mere shell of what he was last year. For the Redskins to be effective, they must get Griffin comfortable in the pocket again. If they can get him going early, San Diego will have their hands full.
The Chargers are coming off of a bye week that allowed some of their older players to rest. So far, Philip Rivers has looked impressive and will look to keep that streak going at Washington. The key to the game for San Diego is their defense. San Diego can certainly put points on the board, but they need to stop the other team in order to maintain leads. Look for the Chargers to put pressure on RGIII early and try and rattle him a bit.
Both teams have the ability to be great. What has impressed me most about the Chargers is their consistency. If the Redskins show up and play like they should then this will be close, otherwise San Diego will walk all over them. I am picking the Chargers to win. Final Score: San Diego 38 – Washington 31
Mike’s Pick: The Redskins have been improving as the week go on. However, the possible injury to Robert Griffin’s other knee could definitely be a problem. If Griffin can’t go, Cousins is certainly a reliable and very good backup to have go in to a game against a low end defense like the Chargers. If he can go, then we’ll have to keep an eye on his mobility, not his ability to run, just his ability to move around in the pocket and buy time when needed. On the other side, Philip Rivers has been having a comeback year for the ages. He is top 10 in passing yards, top 6 in TD’s, and 2nd in QB rating for the year so far. I think that the Redskins will be able to score on the Chargers defense, but the Chargers will score much more on the Redskins defense and win the game in a shootout. Final Score: Chargers 38 – Redskins 31
There it is, Sports Unbiased has broken down a marquee game in week nine of the NFL season. We have given you analysis, we have given you the odds and we even gave you the possible final score. Trust all the writers, trust a couple of the writers or just trust one. Find you favorites and come back for other editions of the Sports Unbiased marquee matchups. Now go forth and win your office pool, enjoy the game even have some fun on the morning line. Good luck and happy picking. See you next week.
Note: All odds courtesy of Vegas Insider Consensus