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Week 13 Preview: New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers

Previewing the match-up between the New England Patriots visiting the Los Angeles Chargers, focusing on key injuries and game notes.

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WEEK 13 GAME PREVIEWS
NO @ ATL | CLE @ TEN | DET @ CHI | JAX @ MIN | IND @ HOU | LV @ NYJ | NYG @ SEA | LAR @ ARZ
NE @ LAC | PHI @ GB | DEN @ KC | WAS @ PIT | BUF @ SF | DAL @ BAL | CIN @ MIA

New England Patriots @ Los Angeles Chargers
When: 12/6 @ 4:25pm ET
Watch: CBS
Point Spread: Chargers -1
Over/Under: 47
Moneyline: Patriots -107 | Chargers -107

Patriots Key Injuries: Cam Newton, QB, Abdomen (Q), Julian Edelman, WR, COVID-19 (IR), Rex Burkhead, RB, ACL (IR)
Chargers Key Injuries: Justin Jackson, RB, Knee is expected to return from IR

NOTES: Quarterback Cam Newton passed for 84 yards and rushed for 46 yards last week. Has three touchdowns vs. one interception in two career games vs. Chargers. Aims for his third in row on road vs. AFC West with rush touchdowns. Has seven touchdowns (five rush, two pass) vs. one interception for 95.5 rating in four road games this season. Ranks second among quarterbacks with nine rush touchdowns in 2020. Running back Damien Harris has 50+ scrimmage yards in five of his past six. Has rush touchdown in two of past three on road. Running back Sony Michel has 100+ rush yards in two of three career games vs. AFC West. Running back James White rushed for first two touchdowns of season last week, second-career game with two rush touchdowns. Had five catches for 85 yards in last meeting. Aims for his fifth in row vs. AFC West with 5+ catches. Since 2015, leads all running backs in receptions (349), receiving yards (3,052) and receiving touchdowns (24). Wide receiver Jakobi Meyers  led team with five catches for 52 yards last week. Has 50+ receiving yards in five of past six. Wide receiver Damiere Byrd aims for third in row on road with 5+ catches. Has 65+ receiving yards in five of his past six on road. Cornerback J.C. Jackson has interception in two of past three on road. Aims for his fifth in row vs. AFC West with pass defended. Has fumble recovery in two of his past three vs. AFC West. Has career-high six interceptions this season, second-most in NFL. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore had tackle for loss last week. Had six tackles and tackle for loss in only career game vs. Chargers (9/21/14 with Buf.). Safety Adrian Phillips had five tackles and interception last week. Aims for fifth in row with 5+ tackles and third in row with pass defended. Defensive lineman Chase Winovich had five tackles and sack in Week 12. Has 5+ tackles in two of past three. Has sack in two of three career games vs. AFC West. Defensive end Adam Butler had five tackles, two tackles for loss, pass defended, and first sack of season last week.

Quarterback Justin Herbert (rookie) completed 31 of 52 passes (59.5 percent) for 316 yards and touchdown vs. three interceptions last week, his sixth game with 300+ pass yards, tied with Andrew Luck (2012) for most by rookie in NFL history. Leads rookies with 3,015 pass yards, joining Patrick Mahomes as only quarterbacks in NFL history with 3,000+ pass yards in first 10 games. Running back Austin Ekeler had 129 scrimmage yards (85 receiving, 44 rush) and 11 catches last week, his fourth-career game with 10+ catches, second-most among running backs since 2018. Has 125+ scrimmage yards in three of his past four. Aims for his third in row vs. AFC East with 120+ scrimmag yards and third in row at home with 140+ scrimmage yards. Rookie running back Joshua Kelley rushed for touchdown last week. Wide receiver Keenan Allen had four catches for 40 yards and touchdown in Week 12. Aims for sixth in row with touchdown catch. Had 61 receiving yards in last meeting. Has 55 catches for 601 yards (120.2 per game) and three touchdowns in five home games this season. Leads NFL with 85 catches. Tight end Hunter Henry had 67 yards on season-high seven catches last week. Has receiving touchdown in two of past three. Defensive end Joey Bosa had career-high six tackles for loss and three sacks and had first fumble recovery and pass defended of season last week. Has tackle for loss in four of past five. Had sack in last meeting. Has 0.5+ sacks in four of his past five at home. Cornerback Michael Davis had interception in Week 12. Has pass defended in four of his past five. Safety Nasir Adderly had four tackles and first-career fumble recovery last week. Safety Rayshawn Jenkins led team with career-high 11 tackles and had tackle for loss last week. Aims for eighth in row with 5+ tackles.

Holden is a young writer with an avid passion for sports. He is currently a sophomore at CUNY Queens College. Holden has worked on multiple publications including Hardwood and Hollywood, The Knight News, and the Long Island Herald. He would prefer if you don’t mention Super Bowl 52.

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