The San Diego Chargers and Arizona Cardinals will both look to get their respective 2014 seasons off to a winning start when they square off in a value-packed Week 1 clash of postseason hopefuls.
Better yet, you’re going to have a great chance to cash in thanks to this expert betting breakdown on this regular season opener.
— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) September 3, 2014
Week 1 Monday Night Football Free Pick – Arizona Cardinals or San Diego Chargers?
Preview: Arizona (10-6 SU, 10-5-1 ATS) lost its last three preseason games to fall to 1-3 SU and 2-1-1 ATS in their four tune-ups. The Cardinals were held to 13 points or less in each of their final two preseason games, though they did limit three of their preseason opponents to 19 points or less.
The Chargers (10-8 SU,11-6-1 ATS) went 2-2 SU and ATS but played inconsistent football as they were held to 14 points or less three times – while allowing nine points or less twice. The Bolts beat the Cardinals 12- 9 in their fourth preseason game but the participants in that contest were mostly backups and third-stringers.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) September 1, 2014
Analysis: For this contest, I’m going to encourage you to play the Under in this contest s I’m expecting a pretty tight affair between these two teams.
The Under is 4-1 in San Diego ‘s last five road games and 8-2 in Arizona ‘s last 10 games in September. The Under is also 4- 1 in Arizona ‘s last five Monday night games and 5-2 in Arizona ‘s last 7 Week 1 games.
Transactions by both teams over the weekend made it even more interesting.
The Chargers added quarterback Ryan Lindley, cut by the Cardinals last week, to their practice squad.
The Cardinals were awarded a waiver claim on outside linebacker Thomas Keiser, who was released by the Chargers on Saturday.
So, was it a coincidence that each team filled a need with an ex-player from the other, less than a week before the game?
Or could something far more sinister, like gamesmanship, be going on?
"No, I think Ryan knows a whole lot more about both sides of the ball than Tom does," Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. "He (Keiser) knows how to rush the passer, I don’t know what he’s going to tell me about Philip’s (quarterback Philip Rivers) offense.
"No, I think both teams made themselves better."
Are the moves logical or is the game afoot.