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Chargers vs Falcons Odds - Chargers backups will lead to win

Posted by Stan Simmons on 4/18/2012 11:13:35 AM
NFL spreadsThe Chargers vs Falcons odds matches up two possible Super Bowl contenders, but in the preseason, it’s debatable as to whether either team will want to make an effort. Online betting sharps know if the effort is in question, go with the deeper team.

Chargers vs Falcons odds: Falcons -3

  • WHAT: NFL betting
  • WHEN: Saturday, August 29th – 8:00 PM ET
  • WHERE: Georgiadome – Atlanta, GA
  • PICK: Chargers +3

Chargers vs Falcons odds maker breakdown: Offense

The Chargers offense should see more time on the field in the third week of the preseason, which means they’ll be able to put some points on the board. With Philip Rivers, LaDainian Tomlinson and Antonio Gates, the Chargers have plenty of weapons. Among second stringers, the Chargers still have good weapons in Darren Sproles and Legedou Naannee, who should do well against the Falcons backups.

For the Falcons, they have a good set of first stringers but they are thin behind it. The Falcons lack good backups behind Matt Ryan and Roddy White. Chris Redman and D.J. Shockley are only marginal contributors at quarterback.

Betting Edge: Chargers

Chargers vs Falcons odds maker breakdown: Defense

The story is similar here on defense, as NFL betting sharps know that the Chargers again have better first stringers and more capable backups than the Falcons do. The Chargers have lots of depth at linebacker as well, so they’ll have good players like Jyles Tucker, Brandon Siler and Larry English stepping in when Shawne Merriman hits the bench. They also have some good backups in the secondary.

As for the Falcons, they are growing into a tougher defense but they lack some parts right now. Particularly at cornerback, where Chris Houston may be out, the Falcons could have trouble matching up.

Betting Edge: Chargers

Chargers vs Falcons odds maker breakdown: Special Teams

The special teams scale tips towards the Chargers favor as Darren Sproles is one of the best return weapons in the league. The Falcons have equally good kicking games but are looking for a return man now that Harry Douglas is out for the year.

Betting Edge: Chargers

Chargers vs Falcons odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries

Aside from the aforementioned injuries to Falcons starting cornerback Chris Houston, along with No. 3 wideout Harry Douglas, neither team has any serious injuries.

Betting Edge: Chargers

Chargers vs Falcons betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick

This game might be somewhat of a tossup, even though the Falcons have the home field advantage. When you can’t gauge effort, take the points and the better team in the sportsbook.

STAN’S PICK: Chargers

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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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