When you hit rock bottom, the only way to go is up, right?
Bill Belichick benched Mac Jones mid-game for the fourth matchup this season on Sunday when the Patriots lost to the New York Giants 10-7. Jones has been the starter the entire season despite throwing 12 interceptions.
Brandon Staley's team is riding a three-game losing streak after dropping a lead in each one. Justin Herbert, the highest-paid quarterback in the league, had 217 passing yards, his third-lowest of the season, in a 20-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Patriots vs. Chargers odds, moneyline, over/under
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Spread: Chargers (-5.5)
Moneyline: Chargers (-250); Patriots (+200)
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Lorenzo Reyes: Chargers 21, Patriots 7
The Patriots are tied for last in the NFL with only two covers this season. They do not have a quarterback and their roster is riddled with holes. The Chargers have been uneven, but they should easily roll here.
Tyler Dragon: Chargers 24, Patriots 17
Who will start at QB for the Patriots? New England’s offense hasn’t scored more than seven points in two straight contests. Lucky for the Patriots, the worst defense in the NFL is coming to town. The Chargers have underachieved all season long. However, Justin Herbert should lead the Chargers to a victory.
Safid Deen: Chargers 24, Patriots 13
The Chargers have been unable to win close games dating back to last season, but this one shouldn’t be close at all. Then again, you never know when the Chargers will Charger.
Victoria Hernandez: Chargers 23, Patriots 10
Both teams have been far from performing up to the lofty expectations either set by their past precedent or current promise. But the Chargers aren’t quite as in the gutter as the Patriots are. Justin Herbert and Keenan Allen at least have a strong connection while the rest of the NFL world continues to scratch its head over what exactly Bill Belichick is trying to do between Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe.
Jordan Mendoza: Chargers 26, Patriots 9
Even with all the struggles on defense for Los Angeles, New England still has one of the worst offenses in the league no matter who is under center. The Chargers end their three-game skid while the Patriots focus on just scoring more than 10 points.
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