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NFL : ATS Matchup
Monday 9/8/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore
SAN DIEGO
 
ARIZONA
+3  

-3  
+130

-150

45
 
17
Final
18

SAN DIEGO at ARIZONA
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Week 1 Monday, 9/8/2014 10:20 PM
Board OpenLatest
491SAN DIEGO4446
492ARIZONA-3.5-2.5
ADVANCED TEAM STATS
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfYardsYPPTOScoreHalfYardsYPPTO
 RushingPassingTotal
 PPGHalfFDTOPATT-YDSYPRCMP-ATTPCTYDSPYAATT-YDSYPPYPPT
Opponents Defensive Avg.0000:000-0(0)0-00.0%0(0)0-0(0)(0)
Opponents Offensive Avg.0000:000-0(0)0-00.0%0(0)0-0(0)(0)
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
 INTFLTODIFF#-MADEPCT#-MADEPCTKR-YDSYPKRPR-YDSYPPRPEN-YDS
Opponents Avg. Stats Against00000-00.0%0-00.0%0-0(0)0-0(0)0-0
Opponents Avg. Stats For000 0-00.0%0-00.0%0-0(0)0-0(0)0-0

 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfYardsYPPTOScoreHalfYardsYPPTO
 RushingPassingTotal
 PPGHalfFDTOPATT-YDSYPRCMP-ATTPCTYDSPYAATT-YDSYPPYPPT
Opponents Defensive Avg.0000:000-0(0)0-00.0%0(0)0-0(0)(0)
Opponents Offensive Avg.0000:000-0(0)0-00.0%0(0)0-0(0)(0)
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
 INTFLTODIFF#-MADEPCT#-MADEPCTKR-YDSYPKRPR-YDSYPPRPEN-YDS
Opponents Avg. Stats Against00000-00.0%0-00.0%0-0(0)0-0(0)0-0
Opponents Avg. Stats For000 0-00.0%0-00.0%0-0(0)0-0(0)0-0
Average power rating of opponents played: SAN DIEGO --,  ARIZONA --
SCHEDULE AND RESULTS
SAN DIEGO - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/URushingPassingTORushingPassingTO
9/8/2014@ ARIZONA            
9/14/2014SEATTLE            
9/21/2014@ BUFFALO            
9/28/2014JACKSONVILLE            
10/5/2014NY JETS            

ARIZONA - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateOpponentScoreSULineATSTot.O/URushingPassingTORushingPassingTO
9/8/2014SAN DIEGO            
9/14/2014@ NY GIANTS            
9/21/2014SAN FRANCISCO            
10/5/2014@ DENVER            
KEY GAME INFORMATION
SAN DIEGO: Veteran offensive line coach Joe D'Alessandris kept San Diego's man-blocking scheme for the most part intact during his first season with the Chargers. They've also turned to a full committee approach. Ryan Mathews will once again lead the rotation as long as he stays healthy. Danny Woodhead will most passing downs and, surprisingly considering his size, stays on the field in many red-zone situations. Donald Brown will have a significant role as well, spelling Mathews and Woodhead on all three downs. The trio will continue to rotate inside the 20 with Woodhead getting the most touches.
Philip Rivers found new life last year under offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. Whiz took the head job in Tennessee, but new OC Franck Reich ascends from quarterbacks coach and should keep the game plan intact. There are a lot more quick throws in this offense, keeping Rivers upright and also giving San Diego's playmakers a chance. Keenan Allen is the No. 1 target, often working the same side of the field as tight end Antonio Gates, the second receiver. Woodhead will continue to have a big role as an underneath target, stealing chances from slot receiver Eddie Royal. Allen emerged as a big threat when they threw deep in opponent territory last season, partially because teams still focus coverage on Gates. Woodhead remains a big receiving threat around the goal line, and second TE Ladarius Green appears ready for a bigger role. Malcom Floyd will be the deep threat if he can stay healthy. If not, Vincent Brown will assume that role. John Pagano's 3-4 defense doesn't give up many points, but they finished 30th in takeaways last year and ranked 23rd in both total defense and sacks. With no significant free agent additions, rookie CB Jason Verrett is the only real upgrade here.
ARIZONA: Despite their Pittsburgh Steelers background, both head coach Bruce Arians and offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin have installed more of a finesse running game in Arizona, featuring more zone-blocking than classic power. It fits the skill set of undersized feature back Andre Ellington, who will get as much work as he can handle this year. They'll use him on a lot of stretch plays on the perimeter. Stepfan Taylor and Jonathan Dwyer will battle for the No. 2 job. Both can provide more of an inside, physical presence. The Cards were very run-heavy near the end zone last year, and those touches are up for grabs with Rashard Mendenhall retiring.
Arians installed more of an aggressive, downfield passing game. Larry Fitzgerald is still the centerpiece, moving around formations and often running more possession-type routes. Michael Floyd works downfield and started to see more targets as opposing defenses focused on Fitzgerald. Field stretcher Ted Ginn will rotate in as a No. 3 receiver, likely pushing Fitzgerald to the slot when he's on the field. Ellington will be used frequently in the screen game in an attempt to get him out in space. They'll use two tight ends more frequently this year, especially after the addition of second-round pick Troy Niklas. Fitzgerald remains a heavy favorite when they throw in the red zone.
Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles was a magician with the Cards in 2013, putting his team among the top-7 NFL defenses in points, yards and turnovers. The addition of shutdown cornerback Antonio Cromartie adds to a talented group that includes DE Calais Campbell and CB Patrick Peterson, but the losses of LBs Karlos Dansby to free agency and Daryl Washington to suspension could end up hurting this unit significantly.
PREVIEW
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (SAN DIEGO-ARIZONA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

(ADDS Ellington injury)

*Chargers-Cardinals Preview* ============================

By NOEY KUPCHAN STATS Writer

A rejuvenated Philip Rivers led the San Diego Chargers back to the playoffs last year, and now he's looking to take them one step further.

The Arizona Cardinals surely won't be lacking for motivation after just missing out on the postseason.

With one of the NFL's best offenses mostly intact, Rivers and the visiting Chargers try to get off to a strong start as they open the season Monday night against a Cardinals team which isn't revealing Andre Ellington's status.

San Diego opened 5-7 before closing the 2013 regular season with four consecutive wins and sneaking into the playoffs. The Chargers cruised to a 27-10 wild-card win at Cincinnati - their first postseason victory since 2008 - before falling 24-17 to eventual AFC champion Denver in the divisional round.

Much of San Diego's success was due to Rivers, who was named comeback player of the year thanks to completing an NFL-high and career-best 69.5 percent of his passes. The veteran also finished fourth in the league with a 105.5 passer rating, throwing for 4,478 yards and 32 touchdowns.

While the Chargers averaged 393.3 yards to rank fifth in the league, Rivers believes they could become all the more dangerous in the second year of coach Mike McCoy's system.

"I just think we know what to expect now," said Rivers, entering his ninth year as a starter. "We all know the terminologies. There's a level of comfort and I think all that does is allow you to play fast and play confident."

Free-agent acquisition Donald Brown joins an already crowded Chargers backfield led by Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead. Mathews played in every game for the first time in his four-year career, rushing for 1,255 yards and six touchdowns. Woodhead caught 76 passes for 605 yards, finishing second in both categories at his position.

Tight end Antonio Gates is back for his 12th season, and Keenan Allen is coming off a superb rookie year, posting 71 catches, 1,046 yards and eight TDs.

"It's such a unique team because of offensively, how unselfish they are," Rivers said. "The tight end group, the running back group, the receivers group; it's unselfish, and we've never had that (selfish) issue here, but it's awesome because they all want the plays to work."

The Chargers aren't nearly as strong on the other side of the ball, finishing 23rd in total defense last season. However, a healthy Dwight Freeney and the addition of Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers could give the unit a nice boost.

"We're a stronger team than last year," said Freeney, whose 2013 season ended with a torn quadriceps in Week 4. "I think we have a pretty good feel of each other, all we have to do is go out and execute. We have all the pieces."

The Cardinals are coming off just their second 10-win season in the 26 years they've been in Arizona but failed to make the playoffs after finishing third in the highly competitive NFC West. They went 6-2 at home while allowing 17.8 points per game.

"We're head and shoulders above where we were last year," said Carson Palmer, who threw for a career-high 4,274 yards and 24 TDs in 2013. "The next step is just to keep improving, it's not to stay where we are and be satisfied that we've come a long ways."

Palmer could be in for another big campaign with a plethora of weapons at his disposal. Aside from All-Pro wideout Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd is expected to take another big step forward in his third season. Third-round pick John Brown and free-agent acquisition Ted Ginn Jr. could make some noise, too.

Andre Ellington appears to be in for a much bigger workload after compiling 1,023 total yards from scrimmage as a rookie last season and averaging an NFL-best 5.53 per carry. However, the 5-foot-9 back was hurt in practice Thursday and didn't participate Friday, though the Cardinals aren't revealing the severity of the injury or if he will play in this game.

"Who knows what's going to happen?" offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said. "We'll see who's out there on Monday. Next man up, that's our philosophy."

Former Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer could be that next man.

"It's unfortunate that our brother is injured right now, but we know he'll be back," Dwyer said. "We don't know when."

The defense is led by shutdown cornerback Patrick Peterson, who signed a five-year, $70 million extension this offseason. The Cardinals finished sixth in the league with 317.4 yards allowed per game last year and tied for sixth with 47 sacks.

Arizona will have to get by without Darnell Dockett after the three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle suffered a season-ending knee injury during practice.

"He was an integral part of this defense for the past 10, 11 years," said rookie Kareem Martin, who had 11 1/2 sacks at North Carolina last year. "Being able to fill that role is going to be tough, but as a D-line I think we have the tools to definitely do it."

Safety Tyrann Mathieu's status remains unclear for Monday. The former LSU standout is working his way back from a torn ACL and LCL suffered in December.

Arizona hasn't faced San Diego since a 41-10 road loss in 2010, its third consecutive defeat in the series. The Cardinals are 3-9 all-time against the Chargers.

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Last Updated: 10/22/2014 10:52:52 AM EST


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