The hottest team in the NFL entering the playoffs is the San Diego Chargers. They have won 11 straight games and will look to make it 12 in a row as they host the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon. The Chargers have a potent offense led by quarterback Philip Rivers but they will be facing a New York defense that was the best in the NFL betting.
San Diego is a 7-point favorite with a total of 42 at SBG Global.
The Chargers have been in this situation before only to lose. They won 10 straight in 2006 but then lost to New England in their playoff opener. They did the same thing in 2007 as they won eight straight before losing to New England in the AFC title game. Last year they were hot entering the playoffs having won four straight and they did upset Indianapolis before losing to Pittsburgh.
San Diego faces a tough test on Sunday against a New York team that plays tough defense, avoids mistakes and runs the ball. That has been a great way to win games throughout history in the NFL playoffs odds. “I think they’re the best defense we’re going to play,” running back LaDainian Tomlinson said. “They do a lot of things well. But they’ve got the winning formula. They run the ball well and they play good defense. You look at teams throughout history that have done well, those are the teams that had that winning formula.”
The Chargers rely upon the passing of Philip Rivers to win games. He threw for 4,254 yards and 28 TDs this season. He will be facing a New York secondary led by Darrelle Revis who is considered the best cornerback in the league. On the other side of the ball the Jets expect to run the ball with Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene. The Chargers have not been good against the run, allowing 117.8 yards per game this season.
The Jets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Jets are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in January. The Jets are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games as an underdog. The Jets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings against the Chargers.
The Chargers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 playoff games. The Chargers are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
The Over is 6-1-1 in the Jets last 8 vs. the AFC. The Over is 5-2-2 in the Jets last 9 games as a road underdog. The Over is 4-0 in the Chargers last 4 home games. The Under is 5-2 in the Chargers last 7 playoff games. The Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between the two teams.