San Diego Chargers A Road Underdog Heading Into Tampa Bay

An intriguing matchup on the NFL Week 10 slate is the San Diego Chargers traveling to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Both teams sit at 4-4 and are desperate for a win to stay in their respective conference's playoff races.

The Week 10 NFL odds have the Buccaneers listed as a 3-point favorite, which makes this one a virtual pick'em on paper given the almost obligatory three-point advantage that's given to home teams. The over/under is 47.5 points.

This game figures to be won in the trenches. Both teams are among the best in the NFL stopping the run, so it could prove tough for either to establish a ground attack. That would be particularly harmful for Tampa Bay, a team that relies heavily on running back Doug Martin for its offensive production.

San Diego will have its hands full trying to stop Martin Sunday. The rookie has run for 794 yards while averaging 5.2 yards a carry and scoring seven touchdowns. The Chargers will try and neutralize Martin with the league's fourth-ranked defense against the run. San Diego is allowing opponents just 84 yards a game on the ground.

Offensively, the Chargers remain as erratic as head coach Norv Turner's job status. Quarterback Phillip Rivers had a big night in the Chargers win against the Chiefs last Thursday night, but overall his season has been a disappointment. A big part of that is the lack of weapons at Rivers disposal. That fact will come fully into focus this week when former Chargers' Pro Bowl wide receiver Vincent Jackson steps onto the field with six touchdown catches, a number that triples the Chargers leading receiver in in that category this season.

Bettors take note— under first-year head coach Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay is an excellent 6-2 against the number this season. Add to that the fact the Chargers continue to be consistently inconsistent and this could turn into a signature win for the Schiano era in Tampa.

November 10, 2012

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