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The AFC's Sunday version of the Divisional Round kicks off with an afternoon tilt between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Chargers. The Pats had ​their nearly-annual bye week after finishing as the No. 2 seed in the AFC, while the Chargers hung on for an exciting road win over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Wild Card Round.

The Patriots are currently 4-point favorites over the Chargers, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, but with the multitude of p​rop bets available, sometimes it's easy to lose track of the classic, straight-up moneyline bet prediction. 

Here are all of the expert staff predictions and picks for Sunday's 1:05 p.m. EST kickoff in the NFL Divisional Round at Gillette Stadium. These staff members are from Bleacher Report, CBS and ESPN.


Bleacher Report – Patriots vs Chargers Predictions

- Gary Davenport: Patriots

- Brad Gagnon: Patriots

- Brent Sobleski: Chargers


CBS – Patriots vs Chargers Predictions

- Pete Prisco: Patriots

- Jason La Canfora: Patriots
- Jared Dubin: Patriots
- John Breech: Patriots
- Jamey Eisenberg: Patriots
- Ryan Wilson: Chargers
- Will Brinson: Chargers
- Dave Richard: Chargers


ESPN – Patriots vs Chargers Predictions

- Matt Bowen: Patriots
- Mike Clay: Patriots
- Mike Golic: Patriots
- Louis Riddick: Patriots
- Kevin Siefert: Patriots
- Dan Graziano: Chargers
- Mina Kimes: Chargers
- Seth Wickersham: Chargers
- Trey Wingo: Chargers

The 12-8 split in favor of the Patriots is a bit shocking, considering Tom Brady is at home, that ​he's undefeated against Philip Rivers in his career and that the Chargers are playing an afternoon game on the East Coast for the second week in a row.

It appears like more people than anticipated are starting to believe that the Patriots' dynasty could finally be coming to an end. There are also waves of people falling for this Chargers team, in hopes they can finally get over the hump and get Philip Rivers the one thing he's missing from his Hall of Fame resume – a Super Bowl title. 


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