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After an exciting win over the Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card Round, Los Angeles Chargers will march into Foxborough this weekend and take on the New England Patriots in the AFC Divisional Round. The Chargers lost just one game on the road this season, a Week 3 loss at the Rams, while New England defeated every team that set foot in Gillette Stadium in 2018. In their first home game of 2019, the Patriots will look to keep Tom Brady's perfect record against Philip Rivers alive.
Here are five of the best prop bets, available on FanDuel Sportsbook, for the AFC Divisional Round game between the Chargers and the Patriots.
5. New England Patriots Win by 1-13 Points (+140)
The Patriots are an NFL-best 8-0 when at home this season and have dominated opposing defenses, scoring 30 or more points in six of their eight home games. The Chargers should be able to keep this one close, as they have one of the league's best offenses on the road, averaging 26.6 points per away contest. However, with New England also limiting opponents to just 16.6 points per game in Foxborough, and the Pats being favored, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, the numbers point to the Patriots coming out on top in this one.
4. Away Team (Chargers) Total Points: Over 20.5 (-106)
Sure, New England has allowed an average of 16.6 points per game at home this year, but there's a reason the Chargers have only lost one game on the road this season. Los Angeles has scored at least 20 points in every single road game they've played this year, including their victory last weekend against the Baltimore Ravens and their top-ranked scoring defense.
3. Home Team (Patriots) Total Points: Over 25 (-110)
The Chargers own a top-10 defense, but that really won't mean much to the Patriots this weekend, considering they've dominated some of the best defenses in the league at Gillette Stadium. New England has beaten all three teams with top-10 defenses they've played at home this season (Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings) and have eclipsed 25 points in two of those contests.
2. Halftime Result/Fulltime Result: Los Angeles Chargers/New England Patriots (+650)
The Chargers have been dominant in the first half when they play on the road this season, averaging 13.4 first-half points per game while allowing 9.2 points in the first two quarters of play. So those numbers say that LA has a pretty good chance to take a lead into the half. However, the Patriots have been excellent in late-game situations and have scored in bunches when it matters most. New England has averaged 13.5 second-half points per game this year, which could ultimately put them on top of the Chargers in a close one at Gillette.
1. New England Patriots (-3.5) & Over (50.5) Points (+410)
New England is a bettor-friendly 6-2 ATS this season and are averaging 32.9 points at home. The Chargers' defense could definitely come into play here and spoil things, but the Patriots have shown that they can run up the score no matter what defense they play. The Pats have scored 38 points on two top-10 defenses this season (the Bears and the Colts) and have hit the over in 13 of their last 20 playoff games over the past decade.
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