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Seahawks vs Chargers Odds – Seahawks will ride offensive depth to an upset win

Posted by Stan Simmons on 4/18/2012 11:31:47 AM
NFL bettingThe Seahawks vs Chargers odds could be a treat, as they reintroduce an old rivalry from the Seahawks’ days in the AFC West. While none of the current players on either team took part in the bad blood back then, the fans – and NFL betting sharps – won’t forget.

Seahawks vs Chargers odds: Seahawks -3

  • WHAT: NFL betting
  • WHEN: Saturday, August 15, 10:00 p.m. ET
  • WHERE: Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA
  • PICK: Seahawks +3

Seahawks vs Chargers odds maker breakdown: Offense

As potent as the Chargers’ first-team offense is, they don’t have the deepest group in the league when it comes to backups. They’ll likely dust off Billy Volek behind center for most of Saturday’s game, and backup wideouts like Buster Davis and Kassim Osgood likely won’t make major waves. Michael Bennett should be worth watching, however; the speedy back will be fighting for his Chargers roster spot.

With Seneca Wallace likely taking snaps for Seattle and the likes of Deon Branch and Courtney Taylor listed at WR3 and WR4, the Seahawks’ second-team offense is essentially the first-team offense from a year ago, so that group could score plenty of points.

Betting Edge: Seahawks

Seahawks vs Chargers odds maker breakdown: Defense

Consider betting at your offshore sportsbook for Seattle to terrorize the statuesque Volek. Defensive end Darryl Tapp is backing up Patrick Kerney, but he’s reportedly playing so well in camp that he could find a starting role on the defense. Also, the Seahawks will likely want to see what they have with Defensive Rookie of the Year favorite Aaron Curry.

The Chargers want to avoid last year’s defensive health woes, so they’ll rest their top players. Don’t expect the backups to be very effective against a polished Seahawks second-team offense.

Betting Edge: Seahawks

Seahawks vs Chargers odds maker breakdown: Special Teams

What the Chargers’ backup receivers and corners lack in physicality, they make up in speed, so they should have the advantage in the return game. They also have the superior kicker in Nate Kaeding, assuming he gets work. The Seahawks vs Chargers odds shift San Diego’s way here.

Betting Edge: Chargers

Seahawks vs Chargers odds maker breakdown: Notable Injuries

Chargers inside linebacker Stephen Cooper is nursing an ankle injury and likely won’t play. The Seahawks’ O-line is hurting; starters Walter Jones and Chris Spencer both had injury scares recently and may not play. On defense, cornerback Marcus Trufant is still battling a sore back and shouldn’t be counted on this Saturday.

Betting Edge: Chargers

Seahawks vs Chargers betting breakdown: Outlook and Pick

Preseason sports betting is a unique beast; it’s not about who has the best team, but who fields the best ragtag group of rookies and backups on a given day. The Seahawks’ backup offense should function nicely with its group of veterans and will outscore the Chargers.

STAN’S PICK: Seahawks +3

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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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