San Diego was on the wrong end of a narrow 24-19 Week 2 loss to Cincinnati while failing to cover the spread as a 3.5-point underdog. Veteran quarterback Philip Rivers completed 21 of 27 passes for 241 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while rookie Melvin Gordon added 88 rushing yards on 16 carries.
Minnesota recorded a 26-16 win over Detroit in Week 2 to cash in as a 2.5-point favorite as veteran running back Adrian Peterson rushed 29 times for 134 yards and young quarterback Teddy Bridgewater completed an efficient 14 of 18 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown.
What: San Diego Chargers (1-1) at Minnesota Vikings (1-1)
When: Sunday, Sept. 27th, 2015
Kickoff: 1:00 p.m. ET
Where: Minneapolis, MN
Stadium: TCF Bank Stadium
Weather: 76° F/Scattered Clouds
Spread: Vikings -2.5
Moneyline: San Diego +113 vs Minnesota -133
Game Total: 44.5
Stream: CBS Sports
Listen: San Diego vs Minnesota
52 percent of public bettors likes Minnesota to cover the spread and so do I after watching the Chargers get roasted for 175 rushing yards last week and Peterson regain his old form.
The last time San Diego traveled to Minnesota back in 2007, Peterson went crazy in setting the NFL single-game rushing record with a stunning 296 yards, not to mention the three touchdowns he scored that day.
The Chargers are just 2-5 ATS in their last seven road games and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall. Conversely, Minnesota is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and a bankroll-boosting 9-3 ATS in their last dozen games overall. I like Minnesota to win and cover the spread narrowly.
61 percent of public bettors like the Over, but I’m going the ‘other way’ with my Total pick for this matchup seeing as how the Under is 5-1 in Minnesota’s last six games in September and 4-2 in San Diego’s last six games.
The Pick: Minnesota 24 San Diego 20