Chargers vs. Patriots prediction, odds, spread, injuries, trends for NFL Week 13

A full betting preview for the Los Angeles Chargers' Week 13 meeting against the New England Patriots.
New York, NY, US; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) runs the ball
New York, NY, US; Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler (30) runs the ball / Kevin R. Wexler / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Los Angeles Chargers’ playoff hopes are hanging by a thread after suffering their third straight loss last week to the Baltimore Ravens. However, they have a chance to hopefully change their fortunes this week against the equally struggling New England Patriots.

The Patriots are looking at a top 5 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft as they cannot get consistent QB play from Mac Jones or Bailey Zappe. Justin Herbert and the Chargers opened as 5.5-point favorites, but that number has moved to six. 

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Chargers vs. Patriots Odds, Spread and Total

Chargers vs. Patriots Betting Trends

  • The Chargers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven games
  • The UNDER is 8-1 in Los Angeles’ last nine games
  • The Patriots are 1-5 ATS at home this season
  • The UNDER is 8-2 in New England's last 10 games

Chargers vs. Patriots Injury Reports

Chargers Injury Report

  • Nick Vannett - TE - Questionable
  • Quentin Johnson - WR - Questionable

Patriots Injury Report

  • Tyrone Wheatley Jr. - OT - IR
  • Demario Douglas - WR - Questionable

Chargers vs. Patriots How to Watch

  • Date: Sunday, Dec. 3
  • Game Time: 1 p.m. EST
  • Venue: Gillette Stadium
  • How to Watch (TV): CBS
  • Chargers Record: 4-7
  • Patriots Record: 2-9

Chargers vs. Patriots Key Players to Watch

Los Angeles Chargers

Austin Ekeler: The veteran running back hasn’t had a lot of success on the ground this season, with 428 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Ekeler struggled mightily in last week’s loss to the Ravens. The 28-year-old only produced 32 yards on 10 carries but found some success in the Chargers’ passing game with five receptions (six targets) for 32 yards. Ekeler will try to bounce back against the Patriots, which has allowed 94.1 rushing yards per game (seventh-fewest per game), but 116.6 yards at home. 

New England Patriots

Rhamondre Stevenson: Stevenson has been the lone bright spot on the Patriots’ mediocre offense this season. Last week against the Giants, the 25-year-old running back found the end zone for the second time in his past three weeks. Stevenson also ran for 98 yards (season-high) on 21 carries. He’s averaging 91 rushing yards per game over his last three contests.

Chargers vs. Patriots Prediction and Pick

The Chargers continue to find ways to lose every week, but this could be the week where things turn around for them. Los Angeles has the better quarterback and offense on paper, but those players must play at a high level.

The Patriots’ defense won’t take it easy on the Chargers, as they allow 4.9 opponent yards per play this season. But there’s no reason why Los Angeles can’t go into Foxboro and dominate a Patriots squad playing for next season.

The Chargers don’t have standout pass rusher Joey Bosa (IR), but they still have Khalil Mack, Kenneth Murray, and Derwin James on that defense. Also, I don’t see Mac Jones or Bailey Zappe rising to the occasion on Sunday after they struggled against the Giants in Week 12. I’ll take the Chargers to cover, who are 2-0 this season when favored by six points or more.

Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.