NFL Preseason Lines & Expert Prediction Seattle at LA Chargers

Posted by Peter Brennan on Friday,August 11, 2017 12:45, EST in

There are a few teams that have been considered perennial Super Bowl challenger over the past few seasons, and it’s fair to say that the Seattle Seahawks definitely fall into that category on this NFL preseason. They made it to the Divisional Round of the playoffs last season, but they had sent a large portion of their season dealing with injuries that eventually caught up to them. We know that they are going to be good defensively again this coming season, and QB Russell Wilson should be back to full health. The Seahawks head into the Chargers territory as underdogs in the Preseason odds. So, we are going to take a look at their current games stats from the past 3 seasons to see if we can get an idea of how this one might play out.

This is an essential element of the Seahawks attack, as they need Wilson to be totally mobile, as that is when he is at his most effective. This will be a transitional season for the Chargers, as they will be taking up residence in LA after making the move from San Diego. It’s going to be interesting to see how this team adapts to the changes, and how quickly their new fan base takes them to heart.

NFL Preseason Lines & Expert Prediction Seattle at LA Chargers

When: Saturday, August 13 at 8 PM EST
Where: StubHub Center, L.A.
TV: NFL Network
Radio: Sirius XM Radio
Stream Option: NFL Game Pass
NFL Preseason Odds: LA Chargers -1½

Weather Forecast

  • Clear: 22°C/72°F
  • Humidity: 77%
  • Precipitation: 2%
  • Wind: 7 mph W
  • Cloud Cover: 3%
  • Type of Stadium: Open

Straight Up Stats

The Seattle Seahawks come into this game as a slight underdog despite posting an 11-6-1 record last season, which included a couple of playoff appearances. This is a team that has been consistently good over the past 3 seasons, going 36-18-1 during that period, which is the 3rd best record in the league. On the road, the Seahawks went 14-12-1, which included a 3-4-1 record as a road underdog.

It’s tough to say how much stock we can put in the home record of the Chargers this season, as they will essentially be starting with a clean slate in their new home. Overall, the Chargers went 5-11 last season, taking their record to 18-30 since 2014. The Chargers went 11-14 at home over the last 3 seasons, including going 9-7 as a home favorite. This may mean a check mark in the favor of the Chargers, but only just.

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Point Spread Stats

Seattle are listed as a 1.5-point underdog for this meeting. They went 9-9-0 ATS last season, taking them to 27-26-2 since 2014. They have not done a particularly good job of covering over the past 3 seasons, going 11-15-1 during that run. This includes a 4-3-1 record as the road dog, which shows that this team seems to rise to the occasion when they appear to be somewhat up against it.

San Diego were involved in a lot of close games last season, and ended the year with a 7-9 ATS record. That took them to 22-26 over the past 3 seasons, which included a less than impressive 8-16 record in home games. As the home favorite, the Chargers went 6-10, but again, this is a whole new home we are looking at for them this season. Whether or not that makes a difference remains to be seen.

OVER/UNDER Stats

The O/U for this one is set at 37.5 points. The Seahawks are best known as a great defensive team, so it was perhaps a surprise that they were 10-8 O/U last season, taking their 3-year record to 29-26. During this time period, the Seahawks were 13-14 O/U on the road, including a 4-4 record as the road underdog.

Are the Chargers a safe bet in this NFL Preseason matchup against the Seahawks?

The Chargers were 9-6-1 O/U in the 2016 season, taking them to 22-25-1 since 2014. The Chargers went 11-12-1 as the home team during this period, and were particularly good as a home favorite at 9-6-1. This would appear to make them a pretty good O/U bet for this one.

Seattle Seahawks Team Statistics

Offensive total yards 356.17
Current Offensive rush yards 103.83
Offensive passing yards 252.33
Average Score For 22.22
Defensive total yards 320.00
Current Defensive rush yards 90.83
Defensive passing yards 229.17
Average Score Against 18.56

LA Chargers Team Statistics

Offensive total yards 357.00
Current Offensive rush yards 94.44
Offensive passing yards 262.56
Average Score For 25.62
Defensive total yards 347.12
Current Defensive rush yards 98.00
Defensive passing yards 249.12
Average Score Against 26.44

Seattle vs LA Chargers Game History

  • Total Meetings: 50
  • First Meeting: November 27th, 1977. Kingdome. Seattle, Washington.
  • Last Meeting: September 14th, 2014. Qualcomm Stadium. San Diego, California.
  • All-Time Series: Seattle 26-24-0
  • Largest Margin of Victory: Seattle 34-3 (1987)
  • Longest Win Streak: LA Chargers 8 (1977-1981)
  • Current Win Streak: La Chargers 1 (2014)

NFL Preseason Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The last two meetings between these teams have been evenly split, with the last one decided by a single point in a defensive struggle. I think we might see more of the same here, and I like the Seahawks to steal the win on the road.

Seattle Seahawks 17 LA Chargers 14