In this NFL Wild Card Weekend preview between the Chargers and Jaguars, see who we like to win the game and cover the spread.
Chargers vs Jaguars Pick & Preview- NFL Playoffs
Kickoff for this matchup between the Los Angeles Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars is set for 8:15 PM ET. The game will be played in Jacksonville, FL at TIAA Bank Field, with NBC carrying television coverage. In a matchup between two AFC teams, the Chargers are -1.0 favorites on the road.
Chargers vs Jaguars Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NFL
- Teams: Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars
- Where: Jacksonville at TIAA Bank Field
- Date: Saturday, January 14th
- Betting Odds LAC -1.0, LAC -120 | JAX +100 O/U 47.5
Can Justin Herbert And The Chargers Come Away With A Win On The Road?
Heading into this playoff matchup, the Chargers will look to get back in the win column, as they are coming off a 31-28 loss to the Denver Broncos. Los Angeles entered the game as 6.5-point underdogs, giving them an ATS win despite the straight-up loss. The teams combined for a total of 59 points, which surpassed the over-under betting line of 39.
On the ground, Los Angeles ended with just 59 rushing yards on 22 attempts. The team’s leading rusher was Austin Ekeler, who finished with just 34 yards and a per-attempt average of 3.1.
Justin Herbert was able to rack up 273 passing yards on an overall passer rating of 107.2. In addition, 2 of his passes went for touchdowns. Los Angeles pass-catcher Keenan Allen had a big game for the team, finishing with 2 touchdowns on 102 yards. Overall, Los Angeles is the 3rd ranked team in pass yards per game, with an average of 269.7. So far, 75.1% of their yards have come through the air, on a completion percentage of 68.7% (2nd).
Will The Jaguars Take Advantage Of Playing At TIAA Bank Field vs The Chargers?
This week, the Jaguars will look to keep things rolling after picking up a 20-16 win over their division rival, the Tennessee Titans. Leading into their last game, the team did not cover the spread as -5.5 point favorites. With an over-under betting line of 39, the two teams fell below that figure as they combined for 36.
Jacksonville struggled to run the ball last week, finishing with just 19 yards on 14 attempts. The team’s leading rusher was Travis Etienne Jr., who finished with just 17 yards and a per-attempt average of 7.
At the quarterback position, Trevor Lawrence ended the game with a passer rating of 92.2 on 212 yards through the air. Lawrence ended the game by throwing for 1 touchdown. Christian Kirk led the way for Jacksonville at receiver, finding the endzone once to go along with his 99 yards. With 35.1 passes per game, Jacksonville ranks 10th in the league. This season, 55.6% of the team’s offensive plays have come through the pass, placing them 11th in the NFL.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis for this NFL Game
This week, the Chargers will be looking for some revenge, as they already have 1 loss to the Jaguars this season. In the first game, Los Angeles fell by a score of 38-10. Not only did the Jaguars come away with a straight-up win, but they also covered the spread as +1.0 point underdogs. Last year, the Chargers and Jaguars did not play each other.
Looking back at the recent matchups between Los Angeles and Jacksonville, the Jaguars have taken 3 of the last 5 contests. The two teams have combined to average 52.0 points per game in their last 5 meetings.
The Los Angeles Chargers have gone 2-1 vs the spread in these games. The Chargers’ offense has averaged 29.8 points per game over the 5 most recent meetings with Jacksonville, compared to the Jaguars at 22.2.
Across their 5 previous road games, Los Angeles has an ATS mark of 3-2. Their straight-up record in these matchups was 2-3-0 while averaging 21.8 points per game.
Jacksonville has played well in their previous 5 home games, going 4-1 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 26.4 points per game while allowing 23.6. The team’s also performed well vs the spread at 3-2.
Chargers vs Jaguars Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Jaguars 1.0
- Free Total Prediction: Over 47.5