It’s easy to look at the overall record of a team during the course of a season and judge them solely on that, but the win/loss record doesn’t always tell the whole story. The San Diego Chargers will head to Atlanta in Week 7 with a 2-4 record, but were it not for some late game implosions, this could just as easily be a team sitting at 6-0. The Falcons are one of the more surprising teams of the season, as no-one expected them to be atop the NFC South at this stage of the season. They have played some killer offensive football, and have taken advantage of a surprisingly poor showing from the Carolina Panthers this year. These are two good teams that both have some room for improvement. The Chargers need to get better at closing games out, and the Falcons need to play a little tighter on defense. Atlanta is coming into this match-up as a 6.5-point favorite as they look to bounce back from a tough loss last week. Find the latest betting odds here.
A Closer Look At The Chargers At Falcons NFL Expert Picks
When: Sunday, October 23 at 4:05 PM EST
Where: Georgia Dome, Atlanta
NFL Odds: TBA
Why bet on the San Diego Chargers
Win and loss records aside, these two teams are actually pretty evenly matched, and the San Diego Chargers will feel as though they have a legitimate shot to come away with the win this weekend. The problem for San Diego right now is that they just cannot seem to buy a win on the road, and are coming into this week 0-3 away from home. Going back to last season, the Chargers have now lost 5 straight on the road, but they always seem to find a way to be competitive in those losses. Their last 9 games on the road have seen them go 8-1 ATS, which tells you that they tend to hang around and make things interesting. They are going to have to slow down that Falcons offense if they want anything from this one.
Why bet on the Atlanta Falcons
It is going to be very interesting to see how Atlanta responds to a tough loss to Seattle last weekend, where they ended up going down to what was pretty much a blown pass interference call by the officials. The Seattle game was one that they could have had in the bag before that final play, but which they let slip away from them in the 4th quarter. There is no denying the talent that this team has on the offensive side of the ball, but there are still some serious questions being asked of the defense. The Falcons ted to win at home, but don’t always do a good job of covering. They are just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games at the Georgia Dome.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I think the ATS trends for these two teams speak for themselves heading into this one, and I think those trends give us an idea of what the outcome will be. I like the Falcons to win and the Chargers to cover.