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LA CHARGERS (3 - 4) at NEW ENGLAND (5 - 2)
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Week 8 Sunday, 10/29/2017 1:00 PM
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266NEW ENGLAND-7-6.5
LA CHARGERS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games3-4-1.33-33-419.69.7330.4(5.6)
Road Games2-1+1.62-02-121.78.0324.7(5.1)1.020.711.0310.0(5.3)2.0
Last 3 Games3-0+3.63-01-221.710.3322.3(5.1)0.712.76.3286.7(5.1)2.3
Turf Games1-0+1.31-01-027.010.0382.0(5.2)
LA CHARGERS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)19.69.719.727:5523-79(3.5)22-3760.9%251(6.9)59-330(5.6)(16.9)
Opponents Defensive Avg.21.41118.429:2725-95(3.8)22-3463.2%233(6.8)59-328(5.5)(15.4)
Offense Road Games21.78.019.329:5226-89(3.4)23-3860.2%235(6.2)64-325(5.1)(15)
Defense (All Games)18.79.918.632:0529-141(4.9)20-3165.6%185(6)59-326(5.5)(17.4)
Opponents Offensive Avg.20.89.71931:3225-106(4.2)22-3563.9%224(6.4)60-330(5.5)(15.9)
Defense Road Games20.711.018.330:0828-134(4.8)20-3162.8%176(5.6)59-310(5.3)(15)
LA CHARGERS - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.50.411.413-535.4%1-031.7%2-33(21.7)20-2(10)7-63
Stats For (Road Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 14-641.2%1-014.3%3-65(25.4)3-29(9.3)8-63
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.41.3 14-539.7%1-020.4%2-45(24.8)21-2(8.9)7-62
Stats Against (Road Games) 14-645.2%1-00.0%3-76(22.8)3-35(11.6)6-56

NEW ENGLAND - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games5-2-2.33-44-327.918.3410.7(6.4)0.723.712.1426.7(6.8)1.1
Home Games2-2-5.31-33-129.017.7385.7(6.1)0.228.712.7435.2(7.3)1.2
Last 3 Games3-0+32-10-322.014.7393.3(6.2)1.312.77.0386.7(6)1.0
Turf Games3-2-4.31-43-228.017.0383.6(6)0.626.413.0429.8(6.9)1.6
NEW ENGLAND - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)27.918.324.330:3127-111(4.1)25-3766.4%300(8)64-411(6.4)(14.7)
Opponents Defensive Avg.22.811.320.129:2226-111(4.3)21-3462.6%233(6.8)60-345(5.7)(15.1)
Offense Home Games29.017.723.730:2027-106(3.9)23-3664.8%279(7.7)64-386(6.1)(13.3)
Defense (All Games)23.712.123.929:2924-116(4.8)26-3866.8%310(8.1)63-427(6.8)(18)
Opponents Offensive Avg.24.512.120.731:4926-113(4.3)23-3466.4%248(7.2)61-361(6)(14.7)
Defense Home Games28.712.724.529:4027-142(5.2)24-3273.1%293(9)60-435(7.3)(15.1)
NEW ENGLAND - Turnovers, Penalties and Special Teams Statistics
 Turnovers LostThird DownsFourth DownsKickoff ReturnsPunt ReturnsPenalties
Stats For (All Games)
Opponents Avg. Stats Against0.
Stats For (Home Games)
Stats Against (All Games) 12-541.2%1-037.5%4-69(19.4)2-14(6.5)7-64
Opponents Avg. Stats For0.90.41.3 13-541.6%1-045.9%2-41(21.2)17-2(8.5)7-58
Stats Against (Home Games) 11-441.9%1-033.3%4-75(18.8)2-14(6.1)8-68
Average power rating of opponents played: LA CHARGERS 19.7,  NEW ENGLAND 22
LA CHARGERS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/11/2017@ DENVER21-24L3T41.5O22-6422-33-185136-14017-28-1812
9/24/2017KANSAS CITY10-24L2.5L47.5U26-10420-40-226325-18916-21-1220
10/8/2017@ NY GIANTS27-22W3W45O29-12421-44-258125-15221-36-1832
10/15/2017@ OAKLAND17-16W3W47.5U28-8025-36-263122-10921-30-1652
10/29/2017@ NEW ENGLAND            
11/12/2017@ JACKSONVILLE            
11/23/2017@ DALLAS            

NEW ENGLAND - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/7/2017KANSAS CITY27-42L-8L47.5O35-12416-36-247027-18528-35-3521
9/17/2017@ NEW ORLEANS36-20W-5.5W55O31-11930-39-436017-8127-45-3480
10/5/2017@ TAMPA BAY19-14W-3.5W55U23-11330-40-289220-9026-46-3190
10/15/2017@ NY JETS24-17W-9L48.5U25-11820-38-257224-7431-47-3343
10/29/2017LA CHARGERS            
11/12/2017@ DENVER            
11/19/2017@ OAKLAND            
LA CHARGERS: New head coach Anthony Lynn implemented a creative and effective running game in Buffalo, and now has RB Melvin Gordon at his disposal. A subpar O-line was reinforced by rookies Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney and free agent OT Russell Okung. QB Philip Rivers is the maestro of the offense, and the healthy return of No. 1 WR Keenan Allen will benefit him greatly. The TE duo of Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates gives Rivers plenty of options. DE Joey Bosa played like a superstar as a rookie last season, and is a legitimate Defensive Player of the Year candidate. Edge-rusher Melvin Ingram is also a potent blitzer, and the young LB tandem of Jatavis Brown and Denzel Perryman is promising. CBs Casey Hayward and Jason Verrett have a chance to be among the NFL's best cornerback duos if Verrett gets back to full speed after tearing his ACL last October.
NEW ENGLAND: The genius of head coach Bill Belichick and QB Tom Brady is their ability to change the gameplan week-to-week, anticipating their opponents' approach and praying upon their weaknesses. The rich got richer this offseason, as the defending champions added weapons in WR Brandin Cooks, RBs Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead and TE Dwayne Allen. On top of that, TE Rob Gronkowski, arguably the best ever at his position, enters the year fully healthy. Devoid of stars, New England's bend-don't-break defense allowed the fewest points in the NFL last season. They win with scheme as opposed to individual talent. CB Stephon Gilmore joins a solid secondary that rarely gives up big plays, and DE Kony Ealy will inject some life into the pass rush. LB Dont'a Hightower is an old-fashioned bruiser in the middle of the defense, while DT Alan Branch is unmovable against the run.
Rivers, Chargers could challenge Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Los Angeles Chargers will present an interesting challenge for the New England Patriots on Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

The Chargers celebrated their move to Los Angles by losing their first four games of the season, with Philip Rivers throwing six touchdown passes and five interceptions.

Since that start, though, Los Angeles has won three straight -- and Rivers has thrown for six touchdowns and no picks.

That, of course, could present a problem for New England (5-2), which last week shut down a Falcons attack that for some reason decided running the ball early was a key. Atlanta's Matt Ryan became the first quarterback this season to not throw for 300 yards against the Patriots.

Prior to New England's easy 23-7 win over the Falcons on Sunday night, the Patriots became the first team in NFL history to allow at least 300 yards passing in each of its first six games.

Now comes Rivers, who had two 300-yard games in the 0-4 start but has thrown for 258, 268 and 183 in the three wins.

And, of course, Rivers comes in joined by tight end Antonio Gates, always a headache for opposing defenses.

"Phil is a tremendous player, a great competitor, a really smart player," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday, adding he got to know Rivers while coaching him in a Pro Bowl. "He's a real football guy like Tom (Brady), like Peyton Manning, guys like that. They're just deep into it.

"He has a ton of experience. He does a great job of making adjustments on the line of scrimmage whether it's changing protections or if he sees a certain coverage he can get into a play that will attack that coverage."

Added Patriot quarterback Brady of Rivers: "He's a great player. (I've) always admired Philip, and he's a great passer of the ball. I think he does a great job of finding the receivers, the tight ends, he spreads it around. He's got a lot of confidence back there.

"He's really not fazed by much. He has kind of seen everything. I love watching their offense play. I think they do a good job involving everybody, and Philip is always standing in there making the throws. That's really what you look for, and he does a great job of that. He's a great player."

The Patriots, battered and bruised in their secondary, played well on defense (and perhaps played their most complete game of the season) Sunday night, but they had help from the opposition. Now, they have to deal with the Rivers-Gates combination, one almost as potent as New England's Brady-Rob Gronkowski quarterback/tight end relationship.

As far as the secondary goes, Eric Rowe (groin) and Stephon Gilmore (concussion, ankle) have been missing. Rowe was still out Wednesday, while Gilmore, who has missed two games after struggling with his new team, was back and limited Wednesday.

Two of the three victories in the Chargers' winning streak have come on the road, and the players realize the task ahead after losing four in a row out of the gate.

"We've dug ourselves into a hole. And we've won three in a row, but we've lost four in a row. So we can't get comfortable at all," coach Anthony Lynn said earlier this week. "We're not even .500 yet, so we've got the world champs coming up on Sunday. I think we're confident, but I don't think anyone is overconfident."

The Patriots have won the past three games of this series, the Chargers' last win over New England coming in 2008.

"We try to encourage the guys and talk to them about the peaks and valleys of the season," Gates said. "You got your highs and lows. And if you continue to focus on the past, you can never reach your potential. That's why we preach one game at a time, one week at a time. We started out 0-4, and we're still the same team. We're still the same guys making the same plays. We just have to believe in that and trust that process, which we have.

"To me, we're the same team we were when we started 0-0."

The Patriots are a bit different than what folks are used to seeing -- especially Sunday night, when they used their deep crew of running backs to dominate the clock. The group was bolstered by the return of running back Rex Burkhead, who had missed four games with an injury to his ribs.

"It's a great group," Brady said of his running backs. "There's five guys in there, and they all contribute in their own way and the versatility and I think the enthusiasm (and) the support for one another is really great to see. All of them had such a great week last week, and they've had great weeks all year."

Linebacker Dont'a Hightower, wide receiver Danny Amendola and defensive tackle Malcolm Brown, all injured Sunday night, were missing from New England's practice Wednesday.

The Chargers lost starting left guard Matt Slauson for the season on Sunday due to a torn biceps. Rookie Dan Feeney will start in his place. Right tackle Joe Barksdale, who left the 21-0 win over the Denver Broncos last weekend with a leg injury, was missing from practice Wednesday. Gates was among those listed as limited.

The Patriots placed linebacker Harvey Langi, injured in a car accident earlier this month, on the non-football related injured reserve and signed linebacker Trevor Reilly to the 53-man roster.

Last Updated: 9/25/2018 11:49:44 PM EST

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