2017 NFL Betting Analysis For The Los Angeles Chargers
Philip Rivers and the Chargers may be in a new city after bolting San Diego for the apparently greener pastures of Los Angeles, but the Bolts still face an uphill battle in trying to leap-frog their trio of AFC West division rivals this coming season.
No matter how Rivers and the new-look Chargers fare this coming season, there are several must-bet matchups on the Bolts’ 2017 schedule that no NFL betting fan should miss out on. Here is a look at six such matchups.
In Depth Analysis On The 2017 NFL Betting Analysis For The Los Angeles Chargers
Chargers at Broncos (-4)
Analysis: The Bolts open on the road at Denver where I expect Philip Rivers and company will put on a good performance before narrowly falling at Denver like they did a year ago while splitting the regular season series against their longtime AFC West divisional rivals.
Pick: Broncos 27 Chiefs 24
Chiefs (-1.5) at Chargers
Analysis: The Chargers were swept by the Chiefs a year ago, losing their regular season opener at Kansas City 33-27 in overtime before falling to Andy Reid’s team 37-27 in their regular season finale. This time around, the Bolts finish off the Chiefs in a thriller in their new L.A. digs to get the win and ATS cover.
Pick: Chargers 28 Chiefs 27
Chargers at Raiders (-8)
Analysis: The Chargers were also swept by the Raiders a year ago, but again, I don’t see that happening to the new-look Chargers in 2017. After losing at Oakland 34-31 in a flat-out thriller in Week 5 and falling to the Raiders 19-16 at home in Week 15, I like Philip Rivers and company to put up another really good effort that comes up just short against the blossoming Raiders, although I do like the Bolts for the easy ATS cover as 8-point road dogs.
Pick: Raiders 31 Chargers 27
Broncos at Chargers (PK)
Analysis: Revenge will be the name of the game when the Bolts host the Broncos in Week 7. The Chargers won 21-13 against the Broncos in Week 6 last season and I like them to record a similar win in their new L.A. home in 2017.
Pick: Chargers 23 Broncos 21
Chargers at Jaguars (-3)
Analysis: There aren’t many games that the Chargers can circle on their 2-17 schedule as ‘definite’ wins, but their Week 10 matchup against the rebuilding Jags is one of them despite the fact that they’re on the road. The bottom line for this Week 10 AFC clash is that Philip Rivers could probably be 100-years-old and play quarterback than Jacksonville’s Blake Bortles, who I suspect, will be playing his last season for the Jags in 2017.
Pick: Chargers 31 Jaguars 27
Browns at Chargers (-7)
Analysis: Speaking of games the Bolts should expect to win and this Week 13 home date against the rebuilding (again) Browns fits the bill! Cleveland has a ton of issues to address in Year 2 of the Hue Jackson era and while the Chargers have their own issues to address, they’re the only team in this Week 13 pairing that has an elite quarterback.
Pick: Chargers 34 Browns 24
Chargers at Jets (PK)
Analysis: Last but not least, the Bolts and their betting backers should expect another win and ATS cover in this Week 16 matchup if only because the Jets don’t have a ‘real’ quarterback while the Chargers have one of the best in the business. Los Angeles wins and covers the NFL betting spread with room to spare!
Pick: Chargers 27 Jets 21