Carolina Panthers vs. Los Angeles Chargers Matchup Preview (9/27/20): Betting Odds, Depth Charts, Live Stream (Watch Online)

The Chargers Tyrod Taylor scratch story continues to get weirder as it came out today that the team doctor punctured his lung while giving a shot. This led to Justin Herbert starting against the Chiefs and he will start again this week. Herbert looked great and now will be able to take on a defense at the other end of the spectrum against the pass. The Panthers will face one of the tougher defenses in the league and they are still looking for their first win. They will have to do it without Christian McCaffrey, who has been ruled out for the next 4-6 weeks. The Chargers are touchdown favorites in this one even with the rookie starting under center. If they play like they did last week they will roll right over the Panthers. As for Carolina, they will need to slow down the Chargers offense but clean up the turnovers and sacks. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Carolina Panthers at Los Angeles Chargers Matchup Page.

TV Schedule

Date: Sunday, September 27th, 2020
Time: 4:05 PM ET
Location: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, CA
TV Coverage: CBS

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Injuries:

Carolina Panthers: Christian McCaffrey (O), Kawann Short (Q), Yetur Gross-Matos (Q), Dennis Daley (Q)
Los Angeles Chargers: Tyrod Taylor (D), Justin Jackson (Q), Rayshawn Jenkins (Q), Bryan Baluga (Q), Justin Jones (Q)

Carolina Panthers Analysis

Carolina PanthersCarolina is off to an 0-2 start and their season has gone as expected. They have been able to keep games remotely close with their offense but the defense continues to give up a ton of points. They face a tough running back duo this week and the Chargers have run the third most run plays in the league so far. It will be hard for Carolina to get a hold of this game if they can’t stop the run. Speaking of the run, Carolina will be without Christian McCaffrey for a minimum of four weeks. Mike Davis is stepping up into a bigger role now and has been around the league for a few years now. Davis entered the game against Tampa and Carolina was in comeback mode already. He saw eight targets and caught all of them for 74 yards.

Teddy Bridgewater has played about average to start his Carolina career ranking 18th in passer rating. DJ Moore and Robby Anderson have been his favorite target so far and after Curtis Samuel had nine targets in Week 1, he had just two in Week 2. Anderson now has back-to-back 100+ receiving yard games. Both receivers will see above average cornerbacks this week with Chris Harris and Casey Hayward making up one of the better duos in the league. This might be a chance for Samuel to get on track given he will be the third option and the same goes for Ian Thomas who was not involved in the Week 2 action.

Carolina Panthers Depth Chart

QB: Teddy Bridgewater
RB1: Mike Davis
RB2: Trenton Cannon
WR1: D.J. Moore
WR2: Curtis Samuel
WR3: Robby Anderson
TE: Ian Thomas

Los Angeles Chargers Analysis

Los Angeles ChargersThe big story of this week for the Chargers might be the team doctor who punctured Tyrod Taylor’s lungs before the games. This led to Justin Herbert getting the surprise start where he proceeded to throw for 311 yards and a touchdown. Herbert looked towards Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry the most, as they combined for 18 targets. This offense looked a lot better with Herbert under center and everybody but Anthony Lynn can see that. The run game got going as they rushed for 183 yards and a score against the Chiefs. Carolina is a defense that struggled all last year against the run, and this year alone they have allowed 243 yards and six touchdowns to running backs in three games. Both Joshua Kelley and Austin Ekeler are in a great spot this week. They each have had plenty of touches through two weeks and while fantasy owners might be concerned, this duo has worked out well

Los Angeles’ defense looks great as they limited Joe Burrow and a strong receiving core in Week 1 and did the same to the Chiefs in Week 2. The Panthers passing attack is certainly capable of putting up numbers but will have a tough time against this defense. They currently rank 11th in DVOA gaianst the pass this season. Carolina ranks 25th in DVOA against the pass and 29th against the run. They were expected to take a step back against the pass with key names departing over the offseason. This is a great spot for a rookie to put up a big game and build some momentum after nearly taking down the Chiefs in his debut.

Los Angeles Chargers Depth Chart

QB: Justin Herbert
RB1: Austin Ekeler
RB2: Joshua Kelley
WR1: Keenan Allen
WR2: Mike Williams
WR3: Jalen Guyton
TE: Hunter Henry

Betting Corner: Chargers -6.5

Spread: LAC -6.5
Moneyline: CAR +250 / LAC -300
Over/Under: 43.5

Los Angeles comes in as touchdown favorites and this isn’t a surprise given how well the defense has played through two weeks. Justin Herbert also showed poise in the pocket against the Chiefs as he fired the Chargers to nearly a win against the reigning champions. Carolina is missing Christian McCaffrey for the next few weeks and that is going to be a tough piece to replace. With Carolina’s defense struggling and the matchup against the Chargers defense, the spread is certainly fair and I am buying into it. The over/under has the potential to hit if the Chargers offense can hit a stride and it should against this defense. Public money is on the over and leaning heavily on the Chargers. I certainly am leaning with public side of things as this is just a mismatch even with a rookie under center.

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Daily Fantasy Picks

Austin EkelerThe Chargers are in the more favorable spot against the Panthers. Carolina has had a bottom-five run defense dating back to last season and the secondary fell off a bit with the loss of Eric Reid and James Bradberry. While I think the receivers are solid pivots, both Joshua Kelley and Austin Ekeler have all the upside in the world for their volume. The Panthers defense gave up a ton of fantasy points to running backs last season and are off to it again with Josh Jacobs and the Bucs running backs having strong games.

I don’t see a real need to go towards the Panthers offense this week. If you are playing on a smaller slate, D.J. Moore and Robby Anderson stick out as the high volume options for targets, but neither really stands out on the main slate with so many options in better spots. Mike Davis might have some PPR appeal on DraftKings, but this matchup is just not one that I am not willing to bank on a backup journeyman running back to thrive in. Given the pricing of most wide receivers this is a week I rather spend up a bit on running backs and Davis doesn’t fit that bill.

  
Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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