New England Patriots vs. Los Angeles Chargers Player Props (10/31/21)

The New England Patriots seem to be finally finding their stride in the post-Tom Brady era. The team is 2-2 the past four weeks, coupling wins over the Houston Texans and New York Jets with close losses against the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now, the team needs to build off last Sunday’s blowout win if they want to stay in the playoff race. The Los Angeles Chargers will need to keep stringing together wins after their bye, as the Las Vegas Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs remain threats in the division. Here are the player props you should take a look at when the New England Patriots travel to SoFi Stadium to take on the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Justin Herbert Over 287.5 Passing Yards

This year should be Herbert’s true breakout season if we’re following the trajectories of other young quarterbacks like Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson. And, for the most part, Herbert has been playing at a high level. The Chargers QB is on pace for nearly 5,000 yards and 37 TDs. His 287.5 total is likely brought down by a rough day against the Baltimore Ravens in which he tossed for 195 yards. I’m expecting a full comeback against the New England Patriots, who have been torched by quarterbacks Davis Mills and Dak Prescott in recent weeks. Oh, and WR Mike Williams is back from injury and rested from the bye week. Take the over for Herbert this Sunday.

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Damien Harris to Score a TD

The New England Patriots are finally utilizing Damien Harris. The running back has totaled 207 yards and three TDs the past two weeks, and I don’t see him slowing down after those performances. The Pats would be smart to use Harris in the backfield as often as possible, especially with rookie QB Mac Jones continuing to develop. I might be biased due to a few futures tickets I’ve got, but I think Harris will continue his breakout as the season progresses. Expect him to find the end zone at least once on Sunday.

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Jared Cook Under 32.5 Receiving Yards

If the Chargers had a stalwart tight end, they would be nearly unstoppable. And while Jared Cook is a decent tight end, he’s not the difference-maker he could be in the Chargers offense. Outside of one good performance against the Las Vegas Raiders, Cook hasn’t shown me enough to believe he can go over his total, despite how low it is. Plus, with Mike Williams back, Cook’s going to see his targets decrease.

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Justin Herbert Over 0.5 INTs

I know I was just singing Herbert’s praises, but I could see him throwing a pick this week. Herbert’s only turned the ball over four times so far this season, but the New England defense has been able to force takeaways. The Pats have eight interceptions this season, and they’ll get some opportunities as the rested Chargers air it out. Take the over on Herbert interceptions, currently -115 on DraftKings.

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Anthony Elio is a CU Boulder graduate with a degree in creative writing and advertising. He is the lead Industry Betting Writer at Lineups.com, where he has spent over a year covering industry news in sports betting, casino, and poker.

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