Los Angeles Chargers vs. Miami Dolphins Betting – NFL Week 10, 2020
The Los Angeles Chargers disappointed once again and suffered a tight loss, this time around to the AFC West rivals Las Vegas Raiders. It was their sixth defeat of the season, each of them was by seven points or fewer, which is quite disheartening for the Chargers’ players. They dropped to a 2-6 record and bottom of the AFC West.
The Miami Dolphins, on the other hand, are on a four-game winning streak, and after defeating the San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets, and Los Angeles Rams, they beat the Arizona Cardinals in an exciting duel on the road. Miami improved to a 5-3 record and 2nd place in the AFC East with two wins behind the Buffalo Bills but with a game in hand. Buffalo will have a bye week after this round, so a win here is imperative for the Dolphins. This is my Chargers vs. Dolphins betting preview.
Chargers vs. Dolphins Odds
Chargers’ Missed Chances Cost Them a Win Over the Raiders
We already got accustomed to seeing narrow losses for the Los Angeles Chargers, so a 31-26 home defeat to the Las Vegas Raiders didn’t come as a surprise. The Chargers missed a field goal early on, failed to convert a two-point attempt in the last quarter, and although they dominated total yards (440-320) and first downs (26-16), they lost again. Yet again, defensive mistakes and lack of concentration in crucial moments proved to be lethal for Los Angeles’ chances to get a win.
Justin Herbert completed 28 of 42 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns, while he added 24 yards in five rushing attempts. Keenan Allen led all the receivers with 103 yards and a TD on nine receptions, Mike Williams had 81 yards on five catches, while Gabe Nabers caught his only target to score a 4-yard touchdown. Kalen Ballage was surprisingly the leading tailback in this one as he finished the tilt with 69 yards and a score on 15 carries. The Chargers recorded only 50 tackles on defense, and Rayshawn Jenkins led the bunch with six (four solos).
The Chargers are the 16th team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 25.6 points per game, 5th in passing yards (284.4), 8th in rushing yards (135.6), while they have the 21st defense that allows 27.0 points per contest.
Dolphins Snatched a Narrow Win in Arizona
The Miami Dolphins allowed a season-high 31 points to the Arizona Cardinals, but they managed to get away with a 34-31 victory in a game full of entertainment and excitement. Even though they conceded 31, the Dolphins kept the Cards off the scoreboard in the final 15 minutes after Zane Gonzalez missed a game-tying field goal late, the miss than handed a win to Miami. Once again, Miami’s defense played a huge part in a victory as they returned a fumble for a touchdown early in the opening quarter.
Tua Tagovailoa completed 20 of 28 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns, while he added 35 rushing yards on seven carries. Preston Williams, six catches for 60 yards and a TD, and Mack Hollins, one reception for 11 yards and a score, were on the receiving end of Tua’s TD passes, while DeVante Parker led the team in receiving with 64 yards on six catches. The Dolphins weren’t effective on the ground as they had less than 100 yards, but Jordan Howard found the endzone with one of his ten carries (19 yards). Linebacker Jerome Baker contributed with seven tackles, while Shaq Lawson was the one to return a 36-yard fumble for a touchdown.
The Dolphins are the 10th team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 27.8 points per game, 23rd in passing yards (225.8), 28th in rushing yards (97.1), while they have the 4th defense that allows 20.1 points per contest.
Chargers vs. Dolphins Pick
Miami Dolphins -2.5-110
Tua Tagovailoa is getting better and better, and although I am giving an advantage to Justin Herbert when it comes to quarterbacks, I am going with the Dolphins as a whole unit. Their defense is much better than the Chargers’, which is going to play a vital part on Sunday. Los Angeles doesn’t know how to close games and that is going to be a major problem in this one, so even if they do have a lead throughout the game, it doesn’t mean they will end up with a victory.
The spread is not high and that’s why I am backing the Dolphins to cover it and record their fifth straight win.