Having played Baltimore twice in the last three weeks, the Chargers may find the sector just a little roomier towards New England and its twenty first-ranked complete defense. What the Patriots do greatest statistically is forestall factors (ranked seventh) and dashing yards (eleventh). Melvin Gordon, who has been slowed by accidents to each knees of late, hasn’t run for as many as 70 yards in a recreation since Nov. eleven. He also has only 9 receptions over his last 4 video games, together with one catch within the Chargers’ AFC wild-card victory over the Ravens. In Week eight final yr, he had a season-excessive 132 yards in 14 carries at New England. Philip Rivers’ manufacturing also has tempered as the video games have tightened late within the season. During the last month, he has twice as many interceptions (six) as landing passes. His passer score for a recreation hasn’t reached ninety, which is roughly the league common, since Dec. 9. The Patriots gave up greater than 300 yards passing 4 occasions in their first seven video games but not since. Solely two of their last nine opponents scored more than 17 points. The Chargers have been held to fewer than 20 factors once.