The San Diego Chargers will be popular among NFL betting fans in 2008, with a strong 2007 behind them, the chargers will look to a stronger Playoff performance this time around.
After a 1-3 start last season, the San Diego Chargers won ten of their last 12 games, and beat the Colts in Indy before falling at New England in the conference title game. SD led the league in turnovers at +24, which helped them go 11-5 ATS. And including the playoffs, they covered their last nine games against the NFL betting lines. This year San Diego looms again as the best team in the West. RB LaDainian Tomlinson and QB Philip Rivers should be healthy, and they’ve got WR Chris Chambers for a whole season.
The Denver Broncos finished 7-9 last year, their first losing season since 1999, and also went a miserable 5-11 vs. the NFL odds. The offense ranked 11th overall, and 9th in rushing, but the defense ranked 19th, and just 30th vs. the run. QB Jay Cutler is progressing, and WR Brandon Marshall is solid, if he can stay out of trouble. But over the offseason Denver let leading rusher Travis Henry, WR Javon Walker and even K Jason Elam go. Still, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Broncos in the hunt in the AFC wild-card race.
The Oakland Raiders went 4-12 in coach Lane Kiffin’s first year, ranking 25th in total offense, but a respectable 6th in rushing in their first season running a new zone-blocking scheme. But the defense ranked 22nd overall and a weak 31st vs. the run. Oakland only managed to go 6-10 vs. the NFL odds, and 0-4 ATS as favorites. Last year’s #1 overall pick, JaMarcus Russell, will apparently take over at QB. And fortunately, he’ll be able to hand off to either Justin Fargas, who averaged 4.5 YPC last year, or this year’s #4 overall choice, Darren McFadden.
The Kansas City Chiefs stumbled through a 4-12 campaign in 2007, ranking 31st in total offense, dead last in rushing, and 28th vs. the run. Strangely, KC also went 1-6-1 vs. the NFL betting lines at Arrowhead Stadium, but 6-2 ATS on the road. This year Brodie Croyle, 0-6 as an NFL starter, tops the depth chart at QB. RB Larry Johnson is coming off a broken foot, but it’s hoped he can still carry the load. Over the offseason KC traded league sack leader Jared Allen, but grabbed both DT Glenn Dorsey and OG Branden Albert in the first round of the draft.