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PRO Predictions: Week 13 picks for Patriots vs. Chargers

Experts share their picks for the Patriots Week 13 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers, presented by SERVPRO.

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Experts share their picks for the Patriots Week 13 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers, presented by SERVPRO.

Mike Reiss, ESPN:

Pick: Chargers 24, Patriots 13

The Patriots average 13.4 points per game, which should make it difficult to keep up with the Chargers, who average 24.4. per game.

Bell, ESPN:Chargers

Matt Bowen, ESPN: Chargers

Mike Clay, ESPN: Chargers

Chris Fowler, ESPN: Chargers

Dan Graziano, ESPN: Chargers

Eric Moody, ESPN: Chargers

Jason Reid, ESPN: Chargers

Lindsey Thiry, ESPN: Chargers

Seth Wickersham, ESPN: Patriots

NFL.com

Ali Bhanpuri, NFL.com: Chargers 23, Patriots 17

Brooke Cersosimo, NFL.com: Chargers 22, Patriots 18

Dan Parr, NFL.com: Chargers 23, Patriots 16

Gennaro Filice, NFL.com: Chargers 20, Patriots 16

Tom Blair, NFL.com: Chargers 23, Patriots 17

Why Dan is taking the Chargers: The Bolts appear to be lost. I'm still picking them against a Patriots team plunging to new depths on a weekly basis and perhaps trying out a different starting quarterback. Brandon Staley couldn't ask for a better get-right chance than this one. Then again, maybe Bill Belichick is looking at Staley's squad and sensing the same sort of opportunity for New England, which was last seen falling victim to Tommy DeVito. The potential to field a somewhat-competent offense gives the advantage to Justin Herbert and Co., but they haven't played at that level in a couple weeks.

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports:

Pick: Chargers 23, Patriots 10

This is a long trip for a Chargers team that has underachieved in a big way. But the Patriots have been even worse. At least the Chargers have a capable quarterback. Even the woeful Chargers pass defense won't wake up the New England offense. The Chargers win it.

Will Brinson, CBS Sports: Patriots

Jared Dubin, CBS Sports: Chargers

Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports: Chargers

John Breech, CBS Sports: Chargers

Tyler Sullivan, CBS Sports: Chargers

Dave Richard, CBS Sports: Chargers

Jamey Eisenburg, CBS Sports: Chargers

Pro Football Talk

Mike Florio: Chargers 20, Patriots 17

Chris Simms: Chargers 23, Patriots 13

Paul Perillo, Patriots.com:

Pick: Chargers 23, Patriots 13

The Patriots offensive struggles continue, even against a Chargers secondary that's been in disarray.

Mike Dussault, Patriots.com:

Pick: Chargers 21, Patriots 10

Justin Herbert will provide a tough test for a Patriots defense that has had recent issues against the pass. Can the Patriots offense muster enough points to make it interesting? The team's inconsistent play at quarterback is enough to give LA the edge.

Evan Lazar, Patriots.com:

Pick: Chargers 24, Patriots 16

I believe the Patriots will get a jolt from starting Bailey Zappe. Although he has his own limitations, Zappe is someone different who looks less broken than Mac Jones at this point. Still, I fear the Chargers ability to create big plays against a Pats pass defense that hasn't been particularly good lately. Ultimately, I think the Chargers have too much offense.

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