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New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Chargers 12/6/2020 NFL Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The New England Patriots visit the Los Angeles Chargers on 12/6/2020 at 4:25PM.

New England and L.A. Chargers face off in a critical regular season game as part of this unpredictable and chaotic 2020 NFL Season. New England has a record of 5-6 this season. L.A. Chargers is 3-8 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

New England Team Defense Preview

New England faces 6.4 plays per drive, this defense gives up 36.7 yards per drive, and opponents score 2.37 points per offensive possession. On 44.8% of defensive possessions, opponents find a way to come away with points, but on 15.2% of defensive possessions, they force opponents to cough up the ball. Their offensive drives start typically at their opponent’s Own 26.6 yard line, they usually take up 3:07 of time.

Opposing quarterbacks have a QBR of 95.2 against New England and 3.8% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.New England has forced a sack rate of 4.5% this season.

Examining New England in a few key defensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have encountered 120 opponent third down attempts this season and opponents have converted 51 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 42.5%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had to wall up against 4 fourth down attempts this season and opponents have converted 1 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 25.0%. 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 35 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and their opponents have converted 22 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a conversion rate of 62.9%.

New England Team Offense Preview

New England has 6.6 plays per drive, they generate 35.2 yards per drive, and this offense puts up 2.02 points per drive. 38.9% of the time on offensive possessions, they will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but 15.7% of the time, they are afflicted by the turnover bug. Their possessions start on average at their Own 27.2 and these drives typically last 3:05.

1.9% of passes thrown are touchdown passes by New England and 4.1% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.New England has yielded 21 sacks this season and this has resulted in 129 yards lost.

They rushed for 4.6 yards per carry and for 149.6 yards per game. Rushers, Receivers, and Sitting Duck Quarterbacks fumbled the ball 11 times this season.

Examining New England in a few key offensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have navigated through 126 third down attempts this season and have converted 55 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 43.7%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have willingly and unwillingly encountered 12 fourth down conversion attempts this season and have converted 8 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 66.7%. It is critical for offenses to get the ball into the Red Zone. They have had 35 Red Zone entrances 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 57.1%.

L.A. Chargers Team Defense Preview

L.A. Chargers faces 5.6 plays per drive, this defense gives up 30.4 yards per drive, and opponents score 2.37 points per offensive possession. 43.5% of the time on defensive possessions, opponents will score a Touchdown or convert on a Field Goal Attempt, but on 8.9% of defensive possessions, they force opponents to cough up the ball. Their offensive drives start typically at their opponent’s Own 32.3 yard line, they typically last 2:33.

Opposing quarterbacks have a QBR of 95.8 against L.A. Chargers and 1.6% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.L.A. Chargers has caused a sack rate of 5.1% this season.

We will get more situational with L.A. Chargers and examine various situations. They have faced 139 third down attempts this season and opponents have converted 56 of these attempts, which comes out to a success rate of 40.3%. Fourth Down situations are extremely consequential. They have taken on opponents in 7 fourth down conversion attempts this season and the opposition have successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 3 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 42.9%. Defenses need to prevent possessions from reaching the Red Zone. They have allowed 36 Red Zone entrances this season and their opponents have converted 22 of these attempts into Touchdowns, which comes out to a success rate of 61.1%.

L.A. Chargers Team Offense Preview

L.A. Chargers has run 6.5 plays per drive and this offense averages 34.3 yards per drive, and they score 2.11 points per offensive possession. On 37.8% of offensive possessions, they find a way to come away with points, but on 9.4% of offensive possessions, they find cough the ball up to the opponent. Their offensive drives start typically at their Own 26.3 yard line, they usually take up 2:49 of time.

5.3% of passes thrown are touchdown passes by L.A. Chargers and 1.6% of passes thrown are passes that are intercepted.L.A. Chargers has given up 24 sacks this season and there were 140 yards lost as a result of the inability to protect the Quarterback.

L.A. Chargers rushed for 3.8 yards per carry and for 117.2 yards per game. This offense coughed up the ball 12 times this season.

Examining L.A. Chargers in a few key offensive situations would be helpful in making judgments. They have navigated through 160 third down attempts this season and have converted 70 of these attempts, which comes out to a conversion rate of 43.8%. There is nothing more pressure-packed than fourth down situations. They have had 18 fourth down attempts this season and successfully turned the fourth down attempt into a first down 10 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 55.6%. Offensive possessions that reach the Red Zone have a higher chance of getting in the End Zone. They have had 38 opportunities to score from the Red Zone this season and successfully turned a Red Zone entrance into an End Zone celebration 22 times, which works itself out to a success rate of 57.9%.

The New England Roster

The Players to Watch for New England

Cam Newton QB 6-5 245

This season, Cam Newton has put up 1984 yards and 4 touchdowns. He has thrown 9 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 79.8thus far this season. Cam Newton has thrown 9 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Cam Newton has 387 rushing yards, which puts him in the 95.35 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 92 times this season, which puts him in the 97.67 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 9 rushing touchdowns this season.

Damien Harris RB 5-11 213

This season, Damien Harris has 561 rushing yards on 110 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 2 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Damien Harris picked up 37 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 3 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Damiere Byrd WR 5-9 180

This season, Damiere Byrd picked up 502 yards. He caught the ball 35 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Lawrence Guy DT 6-4 315

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for New England, Lawrence Guy has 23 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 1 times this season, which put him in the 50.65 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 0.0 fumbles this season.

John Simon DE 6-2 260

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for New England, John Simon has 24 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 41.45 among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Adrian Phillips SS 5-11 210

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 New England, Adrian Phillips had 49 tackles which puts him in the 87.64 percentile among non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Adrian Phillips as a ball hawker was able to pick off 2.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 78.85 percentile among secondary position players this season.

Jonathan Jones CB 5-10 190

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for New England, Jonathan Jones had 46 tackles which puts him in the 94.92 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Jonathan Jones as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 60.0 percentile among Corners this season.

The L.A. Chargers Roster

The Players to Watch for L.A. Chargers

Justin Herbert QB 6-6 236

This season, Justin Herbert has put up 3015 yards and 23 touchdowns. He has thrown 7 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 100.9thus far this season. Justin Herbert has thrown 7 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Justin Herbert has 185 rushing yards, which puts him in the 76.74 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 41 times this season, which puts him in the 79.07 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 3 rushing touchdowns this season.

Austin Ekeler RB 5-10 200

This season, Austin Ekeler has 292 rushing yards on 63 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 1 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Austin Ekeler picked up 229 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 28 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 0 receiving touchdowns this season.

Keenan Allen WR 6-2 211

This season, Keenan Allen picked up 875 yards. He caught the ball 85 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 7 receiving touchdowns this season.

Linval Joseph NT 6-4 329

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for L.A. Chargers, Linval Joseph has 21 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 19.48 among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced nan fumbles this season.

Joey Bosa DE 6-5 280

The leading tackler among Defensive Ends for L.A. Chargers, Joey Bosa has 22 tackles this season.When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 8 times this season, which put him in the 94.74 among all Defensive Ends in College Football. He has forced 0.0 fumbles this season.

Rayshawn Jenkins SS 6-1 220

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 L.A. Chargers, Rayshawn Jenkins had 46 tackles which puts him in the 79.21 percentile among non-exclusive Defensive Backs. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 1 times this season. Rayshawn Jenkins as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 56.41 percentile among secondary position players this season.

Michael Davis CB 6-2 196

Considered the leading tackler among Cornerbacks for L.A. Chargers, Michael Davis had 36 tackles which puts him in the 80.51 percentile among Corners. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, this season he was able to take them down 0 times this season. Michael Davis as a ball hawker was able to pick off 2.0 passes this season, which puts him in the 83.18 percentile among Corners this season.

New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Chargers Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: New England Patriots 22 Los Angeles Chargers 25

Spread Pick: L.A. Chargers +1 -115 Bodog
Moneyline Pick: L.A. Chargers -105 Bodog
Total Pick: Under 47.5 -110 Bodog