In getting out to an ugly 0-4 start that saw it drop heartbreakers to Denver, Miami and Philadelphia, the Chargers went on to win nine of its last 12 games. Now in year two of the Anthony Lynn era, Los Angeles is being looked upon as a bona fide Super Bowl contender. The hype is once again real, but will the team continue inventing new ways to lose? Have they solved their special teams woes? Does the city of Los Angeles give a rats’ ass about this franchise?
Those are questions you seriously need to look into answering before putting your hard earned money down on either side of the Chargers’ 9.5 game season win total. It initially opened at a flat 9 with -110 juice but was immediately hit by the wise guys pushing linemakers to bump it up to 9.5. After opening +3500 to win Super Bowl LIII, the Bolts value has plummeted with Philip Rivers and company now checking in with a +1300 return.
It’s clear the betting public is bullish on LA this season, and it’s pretty simple to see why. The offense finished the season ranked No. 4 in total yards per game, No. 1 in passing yards per game and No. 13 in points scored ( 22.2 ). On the other side of the ball, Joey Bosa and his mates shut opposing passing game down ( No. 3 ) and only allowed 17 points per game ( No. 3 ). On top of that, they ranked No. 5 in the league in sacks!
They did an excellent job protecting the pigskin as well only turning the rock over 15 times while the defense forced 27 for a +12 turnover ratio. Regression could be in order on both sides of the ball, but most of the same cats are back in 2018. That includes the coaching staff with Lynn and both coordinators. The momentum of finishing the regular season out at 9-3 is also likely to carry over into this season.
Upper management loved where its offensive line and personnel stood evidenced by it going defense in the first four rounds of the NFL Draft. That in and of itself lets it be known that this defense is going to be a burden for every offense to contend with. Melvin Ingram and Bosa are going to camp out in opposing backfields once again making life that much easier for the stud secondary. With the team not owning a true home to call its own, I’m not worried about the Chargers not playing a true home game for six weeks. There’s a reason the Bolts are getting a ton of early pre-season, and it looks to be legit!
Week 1: Chiefs at Chargers, Sunday, September 9, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 2: Chargers at Bills, Sunday, September 16, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 3: Chargers at Rams, Sunday, September 23, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 4: 49ers at Chargers, Sunday, September 30, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 5: Raiders at Chargers, Sunday, October 7, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 6: Chargers at Browns, Sunday, October 14, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 7: Titans vs.Chargers, Sunday, October 21, 9:30 a.m. ET – CBS
Week 8: Bye Week
Week 9: Chargers at Seahawks, Sunday, November 4, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 10: Chargers at Raiders, Sunday, November 11, 4:05 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 11: Broncos at Chargers, Sunday, November 18, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 12: Cardinals at Chargers, Sunday, November 25, 4:05 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 13: Chargers at Steelers, Sunday, December 2, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 14: Bengals at Chargers, Sunday, December 9, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 15: Chargers at Chiefs, Thursday, December 13, 8:20 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 16: Ravens at Chargers, Sunday, December 23, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 17: Chargers at Broncos, Sunday, December 30, 4:25 p.m. ET - CBS
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