Jaguars vs. Chargers: Prediction and odds for Week 3

Los Angeles Chargers fans at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles Chargers fans at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

The Jacksonville Jaguars are riding high following their shutout victory over the Indianapolis Colts. However, Week 2 is in the books and the Jags will next face off against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Teams that fly from one coast to the other tend to struggle, so the Jags could be at disadvantage in Week 3 when they fly to Los Angeles to take on the Chargers. Then again, Jacksonville has shown plenty of growth over the last two weeks. With that in mind, here are the odds, the spread, and a final score prediction for the showdown in Southern California.

Jaguars vs. Chargers Odds for Week 3

The Jags are a 7-point underdog with a moneyline +265 for their Week 3 matchup, per Betsided. Bet $100 on them and win $265 for a total payout of $365 if they beat the Bolts. Los Angeles moneyline sits at -320. To win $100, you must place a wager of $320 on them. The over/under for the game is set at 47.5 points.

Jaguars vs. Chargers Prediction for Week 3

This writer is sticking to his game-by-game pick and is choosing the Jags for this matchup. Sure, the Chargers showed grit when they defeated the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 1 but they had a chance to beat the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2 and fell short. Also, Justin Herbert’s status for the game is in question after suffering a rib cartilage fracture.

Herbert could in theory play but he will be under lots of pain. It will be interesting to see how Los Angeles’ training staff deals with his injury. If he isn’t good to go, Chase Daniel will fill in for him. Daniel last started a game against the (then Oakland) Raiders in Week 5 of the 2019 season. He went 22-of-30 for 231 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

The Chargers’ defense currently ranks 19th in both passing yards and passing touchdowns allowed. This could end up becoming a favorable matchup for the Jaguars and Trevor Lawrence, who completed 83.3 percent of his passes with two touchdowns and no interceptions against the Colts in Week 2.

Moreover, the Jags’ defense has played at a high level over the last two weeks, forcing six turnovers and six sacks. Mike Caldwell’s unit is currently fifth in the league in points surrendered and third in takeaways.

Even if Herbert suits up, Jacksonville has a favorable matchup, and despite the fact that the Chargers are a better team than the Colts, the Jags have a realistic shot to earn their second victory of the 2022 season in Week 3.

Final score: Jaguars 27 – Chargers 23

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