By Josh Mansilla (@Manzilla36)
Throughout the 2017 NFL season, NFL handicapper Josh Mansilla will be providing his weekly plays, along with a brief write-up on how he sees the games playing out. We’ll track his picks each week to see how well he assists our readers.
Los Angeles Chargers -1.5
Nice outright winner with the Saints +5.5 last week to get back to an even 2-2 on the season.
This Sunday, I like the Chargers to play well and finally grab their first win of the season. Being in arguably the toughest division in the NFL hasn’t done Los Angeles any favors thus far. They are, by far, the best 0-3 team in the NFL, having lost to Denver and Miami the first two weeks of the season thanks to failed field goal attempts in the final seconds, and hanging tough for most of the game against an undefeated Chiefs team last week.
Los Angeles has a balanced offensive attack with Melvin Gordon on the ground (who is expected to play through a bruised knee injury) and a deep arsenal of weapons in the passing game. I expect Philadelphia to be in for a letdown here on the road following an emotional, last second win in Week 3 over the division rival Giants. The Eagles were already dealing with a number of injuries in the secondary and will also be without their highest paid player, Fletcher Cox, on the defensive line for this matchup. Look for Philip Rivers to have a solid game to lead the Chargers to their first victory.
27-23, Chargers. Good luck.
Week 3 record: 1-0; Season record: 2-2