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NFL evaluators make picks on divisional-round playoff games

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ESPN senior writer Mike Sando asks NFL insiders to pick winners in games each week. Three evaluators joined the panel for the divisional-round games.


Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots

Sunday: 1:05 p.m. ET, CBS | Point spread: NE by 4 | Insiders' pick: NE (3/3)

All three insiders thought the Chargers were well-equipped to win this game, they just could not pick against New England at home coming off two weeks' preparation -- especially with the Chargers playing back-to-back East Coast games in the early time slot.

"The Chargers got screwed with the back-to-back 1 p.m. ET games," one of the insiders said. "They are the better overall team. I think it is time for the Chargers, and for Philip Rivers, to get a win, but if I have to make a pick, it's Patriots at home."