Outside of the defending Super Bowl champions, the goal of every team heading into the new season is to do better than they did the year before. It is impossible for every team to do that, as there are always going to be a bunch who take a backward step for a variety of different reasons. For every team, improvement usually comes when new players come in to fill holes via the draft or free agency. For teams already on the rise, this is an opportunity to take yet another step forward. The Chargers are looking to make a return to the playoffs after missing the last 2 years, while Washington is hoping to build on their NFC East Division win last season, albeit with a losing record. This is a chance for both teams to build some confidence by getting off to a winning start and the bookies see it as a tight one, having it as a PK play right now. The O/U for this one is set at 44 ½. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at both teams so you can bet against the NFL odds for the upcoming LA Chargers vs Washington matchup.
NFL Betting Preview for Chargers vs WFT
LA Chargers at Washington Football Team Game Info
- When: Sunday, September 12 at 1 PM EST
- Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
- TV: FOX
Why bet on the LA Chargers
The Chargers went 7-9 last season, missing out on the playoffs in the process. While that was a disappointing result, it was an improvement on the year before, plus they appear to have found their QB of the future. Justin Herbert looked very much the part, picking up Offensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2020. That is a good sign for the Chargers, but you do reckon that they will need to improve on that win total by 3 or 4 games if they are to make it into the postseason. One thing that is not in their favor heading into the opening weekend is that they are just 1-5 SU in their last 6 visits to Washington. On the plus side, they are 12-2-1 ATS in their last 15 games versus teams from the NFC East. The UNDER has hit in each of their last 6 games played in the month of September.
Why bet on the Washington Football Team
When you finish the season with a losing record, you don’t expect to be anywhere near the playoffs, but in a weak NFC East in 2020, the Washington Football Team did just that. Furthermore, they gave the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a real scare in the Wild Card Game. One of the problems they have this season is at the QB position. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a reliable veteran, but is he the man to take this team to the playoffs again? The Washington D is solid, though, so they will keep this team in a lot of games. Washington has won just 4 of their last 20 home games, but they are also 5-1 ATS in their last 6 as the underdog, which is what they were earlier in the week before the odds changed. The UNDER has hit in 5 of their last 6 Sunday games at home.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
This is one of those games that looks like a total coin flip in terms of predicting the winner. I am giving the slight edge to Washington in their own building, but I think the play to go with here is the UNDER.
Pick: LA Chargers 17 Washington Football Team 20