LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (5-5) at ARIZONA (4-7)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m. EST, CBS
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NFL LINE: Chargers from 4 1/2.
AGAINST SPREAD: Chargers 7-3; Cardinals 5-6.
SERIAL RECORDING: Chargers lead 10-4.
LAST MEETING: Chargers beat the Cardinals 45-10 on November 25, 2018 in Carson, California.
LAST WEEK: Chargers lost to Chiefs 30-27; The Cardinals lost 38-10 to the 49ers in Mexico City
CHARGER ATTACK: OVERALL (12), RUSH (30), PASS (6), SCORING (14)
CHARGERS DEFENSE: OVERALL (25), RUSH (30), PASS (19), SCORING (29)
CARDINAL OFFENSE: OVERALL (20), RUSH (21), PASS (16), SCORING (18)
CARDINALS DEFENSE: OVERALL (24), RUSH (13), PASS (23), SCORING (31)
SALES DIFFERENCE: Chargers plus-1; cardinals plus-3.
CHARGERS PLAYERS TO FOLLOW: Safety Derwin James Jr. leads the NFL defensive backs and is 10th overall with 92 tackles. The two-time Pro Bowl selection is close to reaching 100 tackles for a second straight season. He also already has a career-high four sacks.
CARDINALS PLAYERS WATCH: Safety Budda Baker is having another great season even as the Cardinals continue to struggle. He led the team with 10 tackles against the 49ers despite overcoming the pain of a sprained ankle.
KEY MATCHUP: Chargers QB Justin Herbert is coming off one of his best games of the season against Kansas City. The third-year player completed more than 76% of his passes for 280 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He has a good opportunity against the Cardinals’ defense, which has waned throughout the season and gave up four touchdowns in last Monday night’s loss to the Niners.
KEY INJURIES: Chargers players CB Bryce Callahan (groin) and WR Mike Williams (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. TE Gerald Everett (groin) and P JK Scott (right quad) were limited. … The Cardinals are expecting QB Kyler Murray (hamstring) to play after missing the last two games. … Coach Kliff Kingsbury is also hoping WR Greg Dortch (thumbs) can play after catching 10 passes for 103 yards against the 49ers on Monday. … Kingsbury said WR Rondale Moore (groin) will likely miss the Chargers game. … OL DJ Humphries and CB Byron Murphy Jr. both deal with back injuries on a daily basis and haven’t played against the 49ers.
SERIES NOTES: The Chargers have won four of their last five games against the Cardinals. Despite the proximity — Los Angeles and Phoenix are about a six-hour drive — the teams have only played each other six times since 2000.
Stats and Stuff: The Chargers have lost three of their last four games. The last two losses were six and three points respectively. … Herbert is second in the NFL in pass completions (277), fifth in yards passing (2,730), and seventh in passing TDs (16). … Austin Ekeler, Joshua Palmer and Mike Williams have all received at least 400 yards this season. Ekeler leads the team with four TD catches. … Brandon Staley has a 14-13 record in two seasons as Chargers coach. … The Cardinals have also lost three of their last four games. … Arizona is 1-4 in games at State Farm Stadium this season. … Baker has 448 tackles over the past four seasons, which leads NFL defensemen by a wide margin. It’s more than 100 tackles ahead of Minnesota’s Harrison Smith, who has 345. … The Cardinals have fielded 76 players in at least one game so far this season, leading the NFL. … The Cardinals are 9-6 against teams in the AFC during Kingsbury’s four-year tenure. … RB James Conner has had 22 touchdowns in 23 games in his two seasons with the Cardinals. … Arizona’s coaching staff is on the move after Sean Kugler was fired Monday. He was the team’s offensive line coach and run game coordinator. He was released Sunday night after an alleged off-field incident in Mexico City. … This is the Cardinals’ 12th straight game to open the season. They will get their goodbye week in week 13.
FANTASY TIP: Murray hasn’t had a great season, but as long as he’s playing don’t be afraid to add the fourth-year quarterback to your roster. The Chargers have the 25th most yards in the league and 29th most points. Arizona’s defense hasn’t had a good year either, so this game is one of offensive slugfest.
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