Week 13 (12/5/11) Monday Night Football Picks (SD @ JAX)

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A pair of teams that are going nowhere this season meet up in the Sunshine State on Monday Night Football, and we are set to make our Jacksonville Jaguars vs. San Diego Chargers picks.

Year To Date Record: 38-46 ATS
Upset Record: 10-22, -$1,120

Week 13 NFL Matchup: San Diego Chargers @ Jacksonville Jaguars
Date: Monday, December 5th, 8:30 ET
Location: Ever Bank Field, Jacksonville, FL
NFL Week 13 Lines: San Diego -3
Over/Under 38.5
Week 13 NFL TV Schedule: ESPN

Chargers Notes: The Chargers now know that they are playing for a lame duck coach, as Head Coach Philip Rivers will be let go at the end of the season. Playoff hopes will almost certainly be gone if this game is lost, though there really isn’t a heck of a lot of hope at this point, as the Bolts are three back with five to play. QB Philip Rivers has drawn the ire of a number of Bolts fans this year, as he still has more INTs (17) than TDs (16) in spite of the fact that he has some fantastic weapons like TE Antonio Gates and WR Vincent Jackson. The defense has put up some respectable numbers, but the unit has fallen apart down the stretch of games during this losing streak, just as it did last week against the completely one-dimensional offense of the Denver Broncos.

Jaguars Notes: To show the difference of these two teams, the Jags have already canned Head Coach Jack Del Rio, and they are going to led by the interim coach, Mel Tucker in his first game in control of a team. What we know we’re getting out of Jacksonville is a decent defense and an offense that runs the ball a ton. This ‘D’ is one of the few units in the game that is holding teams under 20 points per game. The problem comes under center, where neither QB Blaine Gabbert nor QB Luke McCown has really been even remotely competent. Meanwhile, RB Maurice Jones-Drew has had 10 games out of 11 this year with at least 80 yards on the ground. However, aside from him, there really aren’t any players on this offense that are even remotely worth noting.

The Final Word: The home team has won all four games both SU and ATS in this series in Jacksonville’s history, and we just aren’t too keen about how much oomph the Chargers are really going to put into this one, knowing that their season is over and that they are playing for a coach that has already lost his job. The Jags meanwhile, have a new coach and a new owner to be, and they are going to want to make a great impression in front of their hometown crowd, where they have already won one Monday Night Football duel this year against a supposedly superior team.

Week 13 NFL Pick: Jacksonville ml (+160)

NFL Football Prediction: Jacksonville 20 – San Diego 16

Lou Palumbo is the founder and part owner of the Cappersinfo.com Sports Handicapping Community. He's been writing and posting free picks and sports handicapping strategies on the Cappersinfo forums and website for 15 years now. He enjoys handicapping just as much as he did from the very first day he built the original Cappersinfo website.

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