The San Diego Chargers (9-7 SU, 9-6-1 ATS, 7-9 O/U) will enter the 2014 regular season with one goal in mind – taking the next step in their quest to reach the Super Bowl.
With the start of the annual preseason period set to get underway this coming week, this expert preview on San Diego’s upcoming 2014 campaign will give you the insight you’ll need in order to cash in on their Super Bowl 49 Futures Odds, AFC West division odds and Week 1 regular season opener.
Betting On the San Diego Chargers to Win the 2015 Super Bowl
- San Diego Chargers NFL Odds to win Super Bowl 49 are +4000
Analysis: At a whopping +4000, the San Diego Chargers are an excellent team to bet on as far as Super Bowl 49 NFL Futures Odds go.
While San Diego ‘s 9-7 record was just one game over .500, I like the way the Bolts played under first-year head coach Mike McCoy and how they closed out their 2013 season, even in falling to Denver in the playoffs. The Chargers finished off the regular season by winning four straight games to reach the playoffs as a Wild Card while recording a blistering 3-1 ATS mark over the stretch. San Diego then pulled off a mild upset of Cincinnati in the Wild Card round to record their fifth straight win and looked very good even in losing to Denver 24- 17 in the divisional round.
The Chargers finished the 2013 season ranked a stellar fourth in passing and solid 13th in rushing, but the Bolts’ pass defense left a lot to be desired after finishing 29th overall (258.7 ypg). San Diego finished 12th against the run and made what I believe are some excellent additions this offseason.
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) August 5, 2014
They might not be favorites, but I expect the San Diego Chargers to reach the postseason again in 2014 and once you’re in the playoffs, anything can happen. In my estimation, the Bolts are definitely worth a wager against their 2015 NFL Super Bowl Futures odds.
MY Pick: Bet the Chargers against their 2015 NFL Super Bowl Futures odds
Betting On the San Diego Chargers to Win the AFC West
- Denver Broncos -350
- Kansas City Chiefs +600
- San Diego Chargers +600
- Oakland Raiders +3000
Analysis: The Chargers finished third in the competitive AFC West as Denver won 13 games and Kansas City, 11 to finish first and second. Still, San Diego went 4-2 SU and ATS against their AFC West division rivals last season and I think they could do so again this coming season after upgrading their roster this offseason.
The Chargers drafted athletic cornerback Jason Verrett with the 25th overall pick in the draft and speedy linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu with the 50th overall pick and are expecting big things out of some of the young players that are already on their roster like fleet-footed second-year wide receiver Keenan Allen who recorded over 1,000 yards in his rookie campaign a year ago.
“Having that chip on my shoulder, it’s still there,” Allen said when asked about his mindset heading into the 2014 season. “I still feel like I don’t have a lot of respect. And I’m going to come out guns blazing this season.”
The Bolts will also lean on gun-slinging quarterback Philip Rivers who looked better than he ever has last season in winning the Comeback Player of the Year award after throwing for 4,478 yards with a whopping 32 touchdown passes and just 11 interceptions.
Rivers recently told reporters that his age and experience have helped him in recent years.
"I guess for me, after going through those rough years, I realized that the difference between rolling along good and not so good is the difference of about that much," he said, holding his fingers about an inch apart.
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) August 2, 2014
"I didn’t all of a sudden get fixed or learn how to play quarterback again. No, I played stretches of those previous two years like I played last year. I just had those disastrous plays and turnovers at the absolute wrong time, and too many of them."
In the end, I like the Chargers to finish second to Denver in 2014 while challenging Peyton manning and company for the top spot in the division.
San Diego is 6-4 SU and ATS in its last 10 games against their AFC West division rivals and has gone 4-1 ATS over their last five games against their division counterparts.
The Denver Broncos may be favored to win the division again this coming season, but I believe the Chargers will have a better shot at unseating them as division champs than any team in the division, Kansas City included.
Projected Order of Finish: Denver , San Diego , Kansas City, Oakland
Betting On the San Diego Chargers to Win In Week One
- San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals -3
- Over/Under 44.5
The Chargers will kick off their 2014 regular season campaign with a tough road date against an Arizona Cardinals team that will have its own chip on their collective shoulders after winning 10 games last season but getting left out of the postseason because they play in the same powerful division as Seattle and San Francisco .
Having said that, I believe this is a contest that San Diego could very well win, even if I have picked the Cards already to get the ‘W’ in this one.
Arizona has won four of its last five home games while going 3-2 ATS over the span. San Diego has compiled a respectable 5-5 SU mark and even more impressive 6-3-1 ATS mark in its last 10 road games while covering the NFL betting line in each of their last four road tilts.
With San Diego going 1-2 SU and ATS in its last three games as an underdog of four points or less and the Cardinals having a solid defense and rushing attack that can keep Rivers and the Charger’s explosive offense on the sidelines for stretches, I’m going to say the Cardinals win and cover the spread, although this matchup does have more of a look and feel of a classic ‘field-goal’ contest.
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) August 5, 2014
My Pick: Arizona to win and cover
San Diego Chargers Betting Tips
- In addition to playing their own conference, the Chargers will play all four NFC West teams and AFC East teams in 2014.
- The Bolts are hoping the addition of 2013 Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers, who was foolishly allowed to leave Kansas City following last season’s surprising run to the postseason.
“I played against the Chargers for so long I knew they had an A-1 organization and I knew they had playmakers,” said Flowers. “I knew last year they were just a few plays away from winning the AFC championship. I feel with myself being here and with the defensive coaches they have, they could elevate my play.”
- Just because the Bolts are playing at home doesn’t make them a very good wagering with Rivers and company going just 6-4 SU and 5-5 ATS over their last 10 home dates.
- However, San Diego has won four of its last five straight up as a favorite, so betting them against the moneyline may be a good idea at least until you see otherwise.
- Look for the Bolts to roll all over Buffalo and Jacksonville in Week 3 and 4 while getting involved in tight, hard-fought affairs against the Chiefs, Broncos, Dolphins Ravens and Niners.