Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Date and Time: Sunday, August 13, 2017, 8 p.m. ET
Location: StubHub Center, Carson, CA
Week 1 Preseason Opening NFL Odds: Chargers -1.5, O/U 37.5
Seahawks vs. Chargers TV Coverage: NFL Network
The Chargers are excited to be playing at the StubHub Center where they should have a solid home field advantage. “The atmosphere was amazing,” defensive end Melvin Ingram said to the L.A. Times about the StubHub Center. “It feels like everybody is so close. … The fans are even more stoked than we are. When you come out here and see them so hyped, I have no choice but to lay it on the line for them.”
The Seattle Seahawks are thought of as one of the top Super Bowl contenders this season, as they have a stout defense and an effective offense. What Seattle doesn’t have is quarterback depth, as there is nothing behind Russell Wilson. The backups are Trevone Boykin and Austin Davis and neither player inspires much confidence. Boykin has reportedly struggled in training camp, so he could be in a battle with Davis for the backup job.
The Chargers are in much better shape in terms of quarterback depth, as behind Philip Rivers they have experienced backup Kellen Clemens and Cardale Jones. The Chargers also have Mike Bercovici.
The Chargers will be getting two of their key players back this season, as both Keenan Allen and Melvin Gordon return from injury. San Diego will look different look this season, as Anthony Lynn takes over as head coach and Gus Bradley takes over as defensive coordinator.
The Seahawks and Chargers have met 14 times in the preseason, with Seattle winning 10 of the 14 games.
Seahawks vs. Chargers Free Picks
The trends point to Seattle but I don’t like what Seattle has behind Wilson at quarterback, while the Chargers have more experience with Clemens and Jones. It also doesn’t hurt that the Chargers are playing their first game with a new coach. I will lay the small number at top NFL sportsbooks and take the Chargers in this game.
Seahawks vs. Chargers Week 1 Preseason ATS Pick: Take the Chargers at BetDSI
Seahawks vs. Chargers Score Prediction: Chargers 24, Seahawks 13