San Francisco At San Diego Expert Picks

Posted by Henry Watkins on Tuesday,August 30, 2016 5:42, EST in

What happens in the preseason rarely sets the tone for the regular season, but there are a couple of exceptions to that rule. A major injury, such as the one suffered by Tony Romo in Dallas, can be cause for concern, as can negative attention being directed towards an individual player. The San Francisco 49ers have had more than their fair share of negativity in the past couple of seasons, and it looks as though they are going to start this coming season with more of the same. While it was certainly Colin Kaepernick’s right to sit through the National Anthem in preseason, it is a decision that has garnered him a lot of negative press. You understand his decision to do what he did, but the way in which he chose to do it is what is being questioned. This is a guy who is on the brink of being the starting QB in San Francisco this season, but you now have to wonder if he has taken himself out of the picture with his actions. It’s going to be interesting to see how much playing time he gets on Thursday against the Chargers as well as the latest online NFL betting odds.

In Depth Analysis On The 49ers At Chargers Expert Picks

When: Thursday, Sept 1 at 10 PM EST
Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego
TV: NFL Network
Radio: SiriusXM NFL Radio
Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
NFL Odds: Chargers -2½

 

 

Why bet on the San Francisco 49ers

The San Francisco 49ers have a real problem at the QB position, and I don’t just mean with the whole Kaepernick controversy. None of the guys under center have impressed during the preseason games, although Kaepernick has been limited to this point. I would have expected him to get the majority of the snaps in this game, but the front office now has a decision to make. I still believe he will play, as it will give them an idea of how he will handle the pressure of what is sure to be a hostile environment. There have been a few people who have come out in support of his decision, but the majority are unhappy, and you can bet he is going to hear it on Thursday night when he takes the field.

Why bet on the San Diego Chargers

Like the 49ers, the Chargers have been unable to get anything going offensively during the preseason. They look to be a long way off from where they need to be, especially playing in a division with the reigning Super Bowl champions, and an Oakland Raiders team that looks ready to take a big step forward. On the bright side of things, the Chargers had some good news this week with the signing of first-round draft pick Joey Bosa after a lengthy stalemate. The DE looks like the real deal, and he can only help a team that looks as though it might struggle this year.

 

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Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

This is not exactly a match-up that promises a lot of excitement given the struggles of both these teams on offense, but the off field sub-plots have made it one worth watching. As for the score, I like the Chargers to win ugly.

San Francisco 49ers 13 San Diego Chargers 20