Patriots vs. Chargers odds, prediction: New England will keep it close

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Dave Tuley, elder newsman astatine, is successful his 4th play with The Post’s Bettor’s Guide. His handicapping pieces look successful VSiN’s online magazine, Point Spread Weekly.

New England Patriots (+4) implicit LOS ANGELES CHARGERS

The Chargers are becoming a nationalist squad astatine 4-2, though they way the Raiders by a half-game successful the AFC West. Believe me, I’m not putting excessively overmuch banal successful the Patriots’ 54-13 rout of the Jets, though evidently it’s a bully motion of the discourtesy improving nether Mac Jones. But I inactive emotion the information that the Pats mislaid conscionable 19-17 to the mighty Buccaneers and conscionable 35-29 to the Cowboys successful overtime. Those showed maine they tin astatine slightest screen against the Chargers. Besides, portion I cognize Justin Herbert isn’t a rookie similar the ones Bill Belichick usually baffles, he’s inactive a young, second-year player, and I wouldn’t beryllium amazed if the aged wizard has thing up his sleeve (see Patriots’ 45-0 rout of Herbert and the Chargers past December).

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DETROIT LIONS (+3.5) implicit Philadelphia Eagles

If the Lions spell 0-17, they’ll beryllium the champion winless teams successful history. They should person beaten the Ravens and threw a large scare into the Rams past week arsenic 16.5-point underdogs. So, I decidedly spot them hanging with the Eagles and possibly getting an elusive win. I’m precise amazed by the emotion from bookmakers and bettors that has been shown to this inconsistent Eagles squad with lone wins implicit the Falcons and the reeling Panthers. Yet, they were stake down from +3 to pick’em vs. the Raiders past week and person present gone from -3 to -3.5 successful this game. But I’ll gladly instrumentality arsenic galore points arsenic they springiness us.

Last week: 1-1, Bengals (W), Bears (L).
Season: 10-4.