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Los Angeles Chargers vs. Miami Dolphins 11/15/2020 NFL Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Los Angeles Chargers visit the Miami Dolphins on 11/15/2020 at 4:05PM.

L.A. Chargers and Miami face off in a critical regular season game as part of this unpredictable and chaotic 2020 NFL Season. L.A. Chargers has a record of 2-6 this season. Miami is 5-3 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

L.A. Chargers Team Defense Preview

L.A. Chargers faces 5.7 plays per drive, they hold opponents to 31.5 yards per drive, and opponents score 2.30 points per offensive possession. 42.9% of the time on defensive possessions, opponents will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but on 6.6% of defensive possessions, they force opponents to cough up the ball. Their offensive drives start typically at their opponent’s Own 31.3 yard line, they usually take up 2:33 of time.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 95.7 and on 1.4% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. L.A. Chargers has forced a sack rate of 5.1% this season.

We will get more situational with L.A. Chargers and examine various situations. They have faced 105 third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 42 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 40.0%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have taken on opponents in 5 fourth down conversion attempts this season and opponents have converted 2 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 44.4%. Defensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone, which is why defenses strive to avoid this from happening. They have had allowed offenses 25 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and opponents successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 14 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 56.0%.

L.A. Chargers Team Offense Preview

L.A. Chargers has 6.4 plays per drive, they generate 35.5 yards per drive, and this offense puts up 2.16 points per drive. On 39.4% of offensive possessions, they find a way to come away with points, but on 9.6% of offensive possessions, they find cough the ball up to the opponent. Their offensive drives start typically at their Own 26.5 yard line, they usually take up 2:47 of time.

On 5.6% of passes thrown, it results in a touchdown and on 1.7% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. L.A. Chargers has yielded 16 sacks this season and there were 83 yards lost as a result of the inability to protect the Quarterback.

They rushed for 4.1 yards per carry and for 135.6 yards per game. This offense coughed up the ball 9 times this season.

Examining L.A. Chargers in a few key offensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have navigated through 116 third down attempts this season and have converted 54 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 46.6%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had 9 fourth down attempts this season and successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 4 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 44.4%. Offensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone. They have had 26 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and have converted 15 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a success rate of 57.7%.

Miami Team Defense Preview

Miami faces 6.0 plays per drive, they hold opponents to 34.1 yards per drive, and this defense lets offenses score 1.80 points per drive. 28.9% of the time on defensive possessions, opponents will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but 15.6% of the time, they force opposing offenses to turn the ball over. Defensive possessions start on average at opponent’s Own 25.0 and these drives typically last 2:39.

This defense holds opposing quarterbacks to a Quarterback Rating (QBR) of 88.0 and on 2.4% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Miami has forced a sack rate of 6.3% this season.

Examining Miami in a few key defensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have encountered 96 opponent third down attempts this season and opponents successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 33 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 34.4%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had to wall up against 14 fourth down attempts this season and the opposition have successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 5 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 35.7%. Defensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone, which is why defenses strive to avoid this from happening. They have had allowed offenses 25 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and opponents successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 17 times, which works itself out to a conversion rate of 68.0%.

Miami Team Offense Preview

Miami has 5.6 plays per drive, this offense averages 29.4 yards per drive, and this offense puts up 2.25 points per drive. On 43.2% of offensive possessions, they find a way to come away with points, but on 10.2% of offensive possessions, they find cough the ball up to the opponent. Their offensive drives start typically at their Own 31.4 yard line, they typically last 2:44.

On 5.2% of passes thrown, it results in a touchdown and on 2.8% of passes thrown, it results in an interception. Miami has given up 14 sacks this season and there were 79 yards lost as a result of the inability to protect the Quarterback.

Miami rushed for 3.6 yards per carry and for 97.1 yards per game. This offense coughed up the ball 6 times this season.

Let’s get situational with the Miami and examine various situations. They have had 90 third down attempts this season and successfully turned the third down attempt into a first down 35 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 38.9%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had 4 fourth down attempts this season and successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 3 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 75.0%. Offensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone. They have had 31 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 20 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 64.5%.

The L.A. Chargers Roster

The Players to Watch for L.A. Chargers

The Miami Roster

The Players to Watch for Miami

Ryan Fitzpatrick QB 6-2 228

This season, Ryan Fitzpatrick has put up 1535 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has thrown 7 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 95.0thus far this season. Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown 7 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Ryan Fitzpatrick has 135 rushing yards, which puts him in the 75.0 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 25 times this season, which puts him in the 73.44 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 2 rushing touchdowns this season.

Jordan Howard RB 6-0 224

This season, Jordan Howard has 33 rushing yards on 28 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 4 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Jordan Howard picked up -3 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 1 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

DeVante Parker WR 6-3 216

This season, DeVante Parker picked up 431 yards. He caught the ball 36 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 3 receiving touchdowns this season.

Raekwon Davis NT 6-6 311

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Miami, Raekwon Davis has 6 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 0 times this season, which put him in the 28.45 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Emmanuel Ogbah DE 6-4 275

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Miami, Emmanuel Ogbah has 15 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 7 times this season, which put him in the 95.97 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 3.0 fumbles this season.

Eric Rowe SS 6-1 205

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Miami, Eric Rowe had 33 tackles which puts him in the 73.88 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Eric Rowe as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 63.39 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Nik Needham CB 6-0 193

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Miami, Nik Needham had 19 tackles which puts him in the 46.94 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Nik Needham as a ball hawker was able to pick off 0.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 24.46 percentile among returning secondary position players this season.

Los Angeles Chargers vs. Miami Dolphins Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Los Angeles Chargers 21 Miami Dolphins 27

Spread Pick: Miami -1.5 -110 Pinnacle Sports
Moneyline Pick: Miami -120 5Dimes
Total Pick: Under 48.5 -108 5Dimes