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Chargers vs Cardinals Odds - Chargers a good value play as underdog

Posted by Stan Simmons on 4/18/2012 11:21:25 AM
NFL oddsThe Chargers vs Cardinals odds matchup pits two teams who are both coming off sluggish opening preseason games, but there is more reason to have faith in the Chargers than the Cardinals. While both teams may not care so much about winning this game, the Chargers have more depth and online betting cappers should point to that as the difference.

Chargers vs Cardinals odds: Cardinals -2

  • WHAT: NFL betting
  • WHEN: Saturday, August 22nd – 10:00 PM ET
  • WHERE: University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, AZ
  • PICK: Chargers +2

Chargers vs Cardinals odds maker breakdown: Offense

The Chargers offense has plenty of depth, and while the effort might not be there from their starters, their backups should be feisty. At quarterback, the Chargers are stocked with Billy Volek and Charlie Whitehurst, while at running back, they have Michael Bennett and Darren Sproles behind LaDainian Tomlinson.

The Cardinals appear to have the better quarterback depth with Matt Leinart behind Kurt Warner, but he hasn’t done much since showing some brief flashes in his rookie year. The Cardinals don’t have much depth on the offensive line or running back behind their starters.

Betting Edge: Chargers

Chargers vs Cardinals odds maker breakdown: Defense

Neither defense really has much depth to work with, but the Chargers at least have some burgeoning prospects among their backups. The NFL betting sharps will be keeping a close eye on Jyles Tucker, Brandon Siler and first-round pick Larry English, who should be able to impose their will in this game.

From the front lines back to the secondary, the Cardinals don’t have many valuable backups. Don’t expect their starters to play too long for this very reason.

Betting Edge: Chargers

Chargers vs Cardinals odds maker breakdown: Special Teams

Both teams are fairly set on special teams, so there is no advantage one way or another. Both teams also have good return games with Darren Sproles and Steve Breaston.

Betting Edge: Even

Chargers vs Cardinals odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries

The Chargers have no significant injuries, while the Cardinals are expected to be without first-round pick Chris Wells, who is still nursing an ankle injury.

Betting Edge: Even

Chargers vs Cardinals betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick

The sportsbook has the Cardinals favored in this contest, but the Chargers have the better starting lineup and more depth, which should be the difference in this contest.

STAN’S PICK: Chargers +2

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Stan Simmons first tasted football through the college game, but his football handicapping has strictly focused on the professional sport. Not many people devote as much time to the NFL as Simmons. For six days a week he works, labors and handicaps the sport, and on the seventh he rests as the games play out. Thoughts or questions?



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