Tennessee Titans vs. San Diego Chargers: Betting Odds, Preview and Prediction

OddsShark.com@@OddsSharkFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 18:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers gestures to the sideline during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium on August 18, 2012 in San Diego, California.  The Chargers won 28-20.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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If you had bet on the San Diego Chargers to beat the Tennessee Titans the past seven times they played, you would be 7-0.

Since 1998, the Chargers are 7-0 against the spread against the Titans and they lay six points Sunday in Week 2 NFL odds action.

San Diego will try to stay atop the AFC West with a win, which would extend their perfect run. Seeing the game go over 43 points would extend another perfect betting streak.

"The last 10 times the Chargers have been favored at home, the game has gone UNDER the total," said Jack Randall, a football handicapper at OddsShark.com.

It was an odd season opener for the San Diego Chargers, who topped the Raiders 22-14 as a one-point road underdog. On the bright side, the defense looked sharp all night in holding Oakland to just six points until a touchdown in garbage time, and Philip Rivers didn’t turn the ball over.

On the other side, San Diego managed just 258 total yards on offense, including a pitiful 32 rushing yards with Ryan Mathews sidelined. The Chargers were the beneficiaries of three botched punts by the Raiders.

It is also difficult to grade Tennessee’s season opener. Sure, there isn’t much of a positive spin to be found in losing 34-13 at home, but it was to the New England Patriots; it wasn’t the first time that Tom Brady’s crew made an opposing team look bad and it won’t be the last, either.

The biggest concern for Tennessee is Chris Johnson, who rushed for just four yards on 11 carries. It’s true that the Titans had to abandon the running game with the large deficit, but that is an abysmal stat line for your offensive star.

Ryan Mathews’ status for Sunday’s game against Tennessee is still up in the air, but the Titans will be getting back speedy star receiver Kenny Britt after a one-game suspension kept him out of action last week. The Titans hope Britt will stretch the field and open up more holes for Chris Johnson.

Trends always need to be taken with a grain of salt, but some are just too clear-cut to ignore. These 7-0 ATS and 10-straight OVER trends are tough to go against.

PICK: San Diego -6 and OVER 43 (courtesy of PickShark.com).