Chargers vs Panthers NFL Week 3 Betting Odds

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Los Angeles Chargers NFL Week 3 Odds

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The Los Angeles Chargers may have their quarterback of the future. Justin Herbert shined during his surprise start against the Kansas City Chiefs last week, and almost led this team to a big upset and a 2-0 record. Head coach Anthony Lynn has said that Tyrod Taylor is still the starting quarterback, but Chargers’ fans are now counting down the days until Herbert becomes the full-time starter. Even a mediocre start for Taylor this week against the Carolina Panthers could lead to Herbert supplanting him.

2020 Los Angeles Chargers at a Glance

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Los Angeles Chargers Week 3 Odds

Los Angeles Chargers -7.5

Carolina Panthers +7.5

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Los Angeles Chargers Week 3 Matchup

Tyrod Taylor will be the starting quarterback for this week provided he doesn’t have any further complications with his injury or painkillers. Taylor was a late scratch after experiencing chest pains following an injection just before last week’s game against Kansas City, opening the door to a quarterback controversy after Herbert’s debut.

Taylor did not look sharp against Cincinnati in Week 1. He was sure to be a little rusty in his first start in two years, but he completed just 53.3 percent of his passes for 208 yards against one of the league’s worst defenses. Carolina is allowing 32.5 PPG, so Taylor and the Chargers offense are thinking they can move the ball effectively on this defense.

The Panthers are better than you might expect though. They are 0-2, but their two losses were to a 2-0 Las Vegas team that just beat New Orleans and Tampa Bay. They are in the top half of the league in terms of total defense with just 355.5 YPG allowed, and Carolina has done a decent job defending the pass.

On offense, Carolina is not using Christian McCaffrey in the passing game as often as many people thought Joe Brady would after becoming the offensive coordinator. There were some that thought McCaffrey would be in line for 100 receptions in 2020, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. McCaffrey has been seeing plenty of touches on the ground though, but he’s only averaging 3.8 YPC.

Teddy Bridgewater has been more than respectable though. While he has thrown one more interception than touchdown, he has completed 72.4 percent of his passes and is averaging 8.4 YPA.

His favorite targets have been Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore. We’re seeing how much the New York Jets miss Anderson, and he might be the most underrated receiver in the league. Anderson has caught 15 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown this season.

The Chargers lost Derwin James for the season, but this is still a talented defense. Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram III are as good a tandem of complementary rush ends as you’ll find in the league, and the cornerbacks are both respected veterans. Casey Hayward Jr. and Chris Harris Jr. have made this the third-best pass defense, allowing 5.6 YPA.

Los Angeles Chargers Week 2 Recap

The Chargers were the biggest underdog in Week 2 despite playing at home. Los Angeles was getting nine points against Kansas City, and they nearly pulled off a shocking upset. The Chiefs were too much in the fourth quarter and beyond though, resulting in Herbert’s first start ending in disappointment.

Herbert looked like a first round talent in his first outing. He completed two-thirds of his passes for over 300 yards, and he showed that he can scramble and make things happen with his legs too. Herbert did complete most of his passes to running backs and tight ends, indicating a desire to check down, but that’s natural for a rookie. More importantly, he wasn’t afraid to test his arm against this secondary, finding Keenan Allen seven times for 96 yards.

LA had a surprising amount of success against Kansas City with its run game. Austin Ekeler ran for a little more than half the Chargers’ yards on 16 carries as they averaged 4.2 YPC against the Chiefs. They didn’t break any big runs of more than 15 yards, but they were routinely getting ahead of schedule on downs and distance.

Los Angeles Chargers Schedule & Results

Week 1 at Cincinnati Bengals W 16-13 1-0
Week 2 vs Kansas City Chiefs L 23-20 (OT) 1-1
Week 3 vs Carolina Panthers Sunday, September 27 4:05 PM (CBS)
Week 4 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, October 4 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 5 at New Orleans Saints Monday, October 12 8:15 PM (ESPN)
Week 6 vs New York Jets Sunday, October 18 4:05 PM (CBS)
Week 7 at Miami Dolphins Sunday, October 25 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 8 vs Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, November 1 4:05 PM (CBS)
Week 9 vs Las Vegas Raiders Sunday, November 8 4:05 PM (FOX)
Week 10 BYE WEEK
Week 11 at Denver Broncos Sunday, November 22 4:05 PM (CBS)
Week 12 at Buffalo Bills Sunday, November 29 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 13 vs New England Patriots Sunday, December 6 4:25 PM (CBS)
Week 14 vs Atlanta Falcons Sunday, December 13 4:25 PM (FOX)
Week 15 at Las Vegas Raiders Thursday, December 17 8:20 PM (FOX/NFL)
Week 16 vs Denver Broncos Sunday, December 27 TBD
Week 17 at Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, January 3 1:00 PM (CBS)
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Chargers Past Seasons (2000)

2019 5-11 None
2018 12-4 Lost Divisional Round
2017 9-7 None
2016 5-11 None
2015 4-12 None
2014 9-7 None
2013 9-7 Lost Divisional Round
2012 7-9 None
2011 8-8 None
2010 9-7 None
2009 13-3 Lost Divisional Round
2008 8-8 Lost Divisional Round
2007 11-5 Lost Conference Championship
2006 14-2 Lost Divisional Round
2005 9-7 None
2004 12-4 Lost Wild Card Round
2003 4-12 None
2002 8-8 None
2001 5-11 None
2000 1-15 None

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