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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.
"New England is 97-8 at home when they score first... The West Coast team traveling out East again will be a little unsettled initially. New England jumps on them early then holds them off."@ColinCowherd tells you exactly how Chargers-Patriots will unfold pic.twitter.com/8PxEKcYY5Z— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 10, 2019
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
ESPN – Patriots vs Chargers Predictions
- Matt Bowen: Patriots
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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