NFL Betting: San Diego is the Smart Winning Pick vs. Seattle
When the San Diego Chargers last played the Seattle Seahawks in a September 2014 regular-season clash, veteran WR Antonio Gates exploded for a man-of-the-match performance, catching three TD passes from Philip Rivers and leading the Chargers to a stunning 30-21 upset of the Seahawks as NFL betting fans might recall. Gates and Rivers, entering their 10th season as teammates, will be teaming up once again this Saturday, as the Chargers seek to get the better of Russell Wilson and the Seahawks in the NFL odds.
Are we in for another win by the Chargers (2-0 in the preseason), or will the Seahawks (0-2 in the preseason) get their revenge? Read on, as we break down the game for you in the preview and analysis below.
NFL Preseason Game Information
Venue: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
Date: Saturday, August 29, 2015
Time: 8:00 PM ET
Seattle at San Diego NFL Betting Preview, Analysis and Prediction
Seattle’s Legion of Boom will be missing safeties Kam Chancellor (holdout) and Earl Thomas (recovering from shoulder surgery), while CB Brandon Browner already shifted base out of Seattle, but Richard Sherman (who’s been nursing an elbow injury) is expected to lead the Hawks defense against San Diego this Saturday.
Sherman and his crew will be hoping to stop Stevie Johnson and Gates from wreaking havoc in the end zone. Not to mention, Rivers and standout rookie running back Melvin Gordon, who both sat out of San Diego’s 22-19 Week 2 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, will be making their way to the field fresh and motivated for a strong performance.
In the absence of Rivers and Gordon last week, backup QBs Brad Sorensen completed 13 of 25 passes for 122 yards, while Kellen Clemens went 9-of-15 for 88 yards. Tyrell Williams led in receiving end with 36 yards in three receptions, Austin Pettis posted 30 yards in four receptions, while Dreamius Smith led the runners with one TD and 12 yards. With this versatile group combining with the incoming starters for tons of reps in offense, the depleted Legion of Doom is bound to have a tough night.
On the opposite end, Russell Wilson is coming off a 9-for-15 performance against the Chiefs (after going 1-for-1 in his Week 1 cameo) and his hoping to wipe off the memories of last Week’s 14-13 win by Kansas City, which condemned the 2015 Super Bowl Finalists to their second preseason loss. Marshawn Lynch is expected to go in Beast Mode this Saturday when he makes his way into the starting lineup for decent reps, along with other offensive pieces like Tyler Lockett (42 yards in three catches vs. the Chiefs) and Jimmy Graham (39 yards in three catches vs. Chiefs).
Considering the Chargers have allowed a total of 36 points in their two preseason games (compared to the 26 points allowed by Seattle), it is safe to say the Wilson and his starters will have their fair share of opportunities to collect points against San Diego. However, winning the game will greatly depend on how backup QBs Tarvaris Jackson and R.J. Archer, who’ve been really shaky so far, perform during the last quarters of the game.
Key Betting Trends
- The Seahawks are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 road games
- The Seahawks are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games
- The Chargers are 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games
- The Chargers are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games
- The underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between Seattle and San Diego
Seahawks at Chargers NFL Picks
With a good number of Seattle’s starters out in the defense and San Diego boasting of a ferocious offensive unit, this game looks to end in a narrow win (plus cover) by the Chargers, as the total stays UNDER in a relatively tame-scoring affair.