Dolphins Vs Chargers Odds & AnalysisJosh Bailey
Rivers and L.A. Chargers Look to rebound in Week 2 As Cutler and Dolphins Make 2017 Regular Season Debut
Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers will look to rebound from their narrow Week 1 loss when when they host Jay Cutler and a Miami Dolphins team that will make its regular season debut in this contest after their Week 1 matchup against Tampa bay was canceled because of Hurricane Irma.
Now, let’s find out where the value lies in this contest when it gets underway live from the StubHub Center at 4:05 PM ET while airing on CBS.
Miami Dolphins Vs Los Angeles Chargers NFL Week 2 Odds & Betting Analysis
Miami Dolphins (0-0) at Los Angeles Chargers (0-1)
When: Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 4:05 PM ET
Where: StubHub Center
NFL Odds: Los Angeles Chargers -4
Stream: CBS Sports
Why Bet the Miami Dolphins Odds at +4
The Miami Dolphins will play their first regular season game and Jay Cutler will make his debut after the Fins were forced to miss their Week 1 affair due to Hurricane Irma. The Dolphins went 2-2 in the preseason while beating Atlanta and Minnesota in Weeks 1 and 4 respectively while losing to Baltimore and Philadelphia in between. Miami signed the polarizing Cutler to a 1-year deal worth $10 million after starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill was lost for the season in the preseason.
"He’s a strong-armed, quick-release guy, stand in the pocket (passer)," said Cutler’s former offensive coordinator and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter. "He’s been a little streaky in his career, and when he’s hot, he’s red-hot. I’ve seen him light teams up.
Miami went 10-6 a year ago to reach the playoffs for the first time in a decade under first-year head coach Adam Gase. Running back Jay Ajayi had a breakout campaign by rushing for 1,272 yards and eight touchdowns. Unfortunately, Miami ranked a dismal 30th against the run last season.
Why Bet the Los Angeles Chargers Odds at -4
The Chargers will make their debut in Los Angeles after suffering a heartbreaking 24-21 road loss against Denver in their opener on Monday night while finishing that game in a Push as 3-point road dogs. The Chargers lost eight games by seven points or fewer last year with one of those losses coming against the Dolphins.
"Well, you know, it hurts, but we do not have the 24-hour rule anymore because we (had) to go back to work here on Wednesday," Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said. "The Dolphins are in town waiting for us and they don’t care about this game or how we feel."
Veteran quarterback Philip Rivers expanded on his head coach’s comments after completing 22 of 33 passes against Denver last weekend with three touchdowns and one interception.
"You won’t have a problem with guys’ attitude or guys moping around," Rivers said. "Fifteen teams are 0-1 and fifteen teams are 1-0 and two didn’t play. We got a lot of football left. I think our fight and the way the defense stepped up."
Running back Melvin Gordon rushed for a modest 54 yards on 18 carries while wide receivers Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin combined for 97 receiving yards on eight catches with Benjamin hauling in one TD grab. Defensively, linebacker Jatavis Brown recorded a whopping 14 tackles in the Bolts’ opener while defensive end Joey Bosa recorded 1.5 sacks.
Miami Dolphins Vs Los Angeles Chargers NFL Week 2 Betting Analysis and Prediction
Look, there’s not a whole lot of sense in me beating around the bush since there’s nothing really appealing about Miami now that they’ve signed ‘cry-baby quitter’ Jay Cutler.
Not only are the Dolphins an uninspiring 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in the month of September and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Week 2 contests, but the Chargers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Week 2 games while the home team in this AFC rivalry has gone 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
Miami is well-rested, but I just can’t bring myself to back a Jay Cutler-led team over the gun-slinging Philip Rivers and a Los Angeles Charges team looking for payback and one that is playing at home in their L.A. debut. Simply put, the Bolts win and cover!
Pick: L.A. Chargers -4