A roundup of how ESPN’s analysts see Sunday’s Patriots-Chargers game playing out:
* ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss: Patriots 27, Chargers 21. Spending time in the Patriots' locker room, one gets the sense that confidence is rising and players are starting to believe. The Patriots are the more complete team -- with special teams a key consideration and an offensive attack that is the best the Chargers have seen to this point. After two big wins, the Patriots will find a way to keep it going.
* ESPNBoston.com’s Tedy Bruschi: Patriots 30, Chargers 27. Let me state this clearly, this is a trap game. What coach Bill Parcells used to do for some of these games is hang mouse traps in the locker room to remind players to stay focused. The Patriots are coming off a huge win over the Baltimore Ravens. Everyone is excited that this team has finally arrived. The Patriots themselves are feeling very confident, as they should. Now, you're going up a against a struggling 2-4 team that has injuries to key players. Will the Pats let their guard down? I think not. This is a week where coaches earn their money not so much for game plans, but for keeping their teams humble and focused. Belichick is the best in the business at doing that. Pats win, but get pushed to the limit.
* Bill Simmons: Patriots (+3) over CHARGERS. Couldn't San Diego just trade Norv Turner to Dallas for Wade Phillips and three vacant stares to be named later?
* ESPN experts: Of the eight experts, five pick the Patriots over the Chargers. Ron Jaworski, Adam Schefter and Seth Wickersham pick San Diego.
* Sunday Countdown: Keyshawn Johnson, Mike Ditka, Cris Carter and Tom Jackson all pick the Patriots.
* AccuScore simulations: Chargers 24.4, Patriots 22 (on average). You can simulate the game yourself here (Insider).
* Madden simulation: Patriots 30, Chargers 27. Fantasy owners should be looking at Chargers receiver Patrick Crayton to have a huge game against the New England secondary, as he catches 7 passes for 115 yards and a score in the "Madden" simulation. But while San Diego counts their stats, New England continues to count wins, scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter to pick up the 30-27 victory.
* Ken Moll, Scouts, Inc.: Chargers 24, Patriots 23. (Insider)
* Countdown Daily: Mark Schlereth and Mike Golic both pick the Patriots.
* Field Pass: Marcellus Wiley picks the Patriots
* What's your prediction for Patriots-Chargers? Leave it in the comments section of this blog post.