Los Angeles Chargers NFL Predictions: 2019 Season Betting Odds and Preview

Frank Doyle | Updated Aug 30, 2019

Derwin James is ready to become a household name after an All-Pro season that had him lead the team in tackles and interceptions as a 22-year-old. 

The Los Angeles Chargers hope some of last year’s magic carries over with this year’s team. Last year, the Chargers won seven of nine games away from home and won seven of their eight contests that were decided by a single score. Along the way, they surprised a lot of pundits and bettors by going 12-4 straight up and 9-7 against the spread. Now, expectations are on the rise. Los Angeles’ regular season win total is pegged at +9.5 and the Chargers are at -208 to make the playoffs. This team has serious talent across the roster and could be a Super Bowl contender.

Los Angeles Chargers Acquisitions and Transactions

The Chargers brought in 36-year-old veteran linebacker Thomas Davis to give their linebacker corps some experience and depth. Provided he can stay healthy, Thomas could be a great addition. Los Angeles’ linebackers had their problems last year, but the team still finished with the No. 9 total defence. The Chargers also drafted linebackers Drue Tranquill in the fourth round and Emeke Egbule in the sixth so their cupboard is stocked there after an injury-riddled season last year.

Los Angeles Chargers 2019 NFL schedule

Los Angeles’ strength of schedule ranks in the middle of the pack, with five games against 2018 playoff teams. They will probably have to be very strong on the road again this year as they will likely be favoured in all but two (at Chicago, at Kansas City) of their games as visitors. Last year the Chargers were 7-1 as visitors.

Week 1: vs. Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Sept. 8 at 4:05 p.m. ET (CBS)

Week 2: at Detroit Lions on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

Week 3: vs. Houston Texans on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 4:25 p.m. ET (CBS)

Week 4: at Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

Week 5: vs. Denver Broncos on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 4:05 p.m. ET (CBS)

Week 6: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Oct. 13 at 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)

Week 7: at Tennessee Titans on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 4:05 p.m. ET (CBS)

Week 8: at Chicago Bears on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. ET (Fox)

Week 9: vs. Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 4:25 p.m. ET (CBS)

Week 10: at Oakland Raiders on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 8:20 p.m. ET (Fox, NFL Network, Amazon)

Week 11: vs. Kansas City Chiefs in Mexico City on Monday, Nov. 18 at 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN)

Week 12: BYE WEEK

Week 13: at Denver Broncos on Sunday, Dec. 1 4:25 p.m. ET (CBS)

Week 14: at Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4:05 p.m. ET (Fox)

Week 15: vs. Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)

Week 16: vs. Oakland Raiders on either Saturday, Dec. 21 or Sunday, Dec. 22 at TBD (TBD)

Week 17: at Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Dec. 29 at 1 p.m. ET (CBS)

Los Angeles Chargers NFL Betting and Odds

Super Bowl LIV

  • Los Angeles Chargers +50000

There’s no denying the Chargers have to the makeup to be a contender. They’re tied for fifth on the Super Bowl odds board at +1400 for good reason. L.A. has elite skill at very important positions with the likes of Philip Rivers at quarterback, Mike Pouncey at centre, Derwin James at safety, plus Keenan Allen and Mike Williams at wideout. If the Chargers can get Melvin Gordon signed before he holds out into the regular season, they’re in great shape at running back, too, and tight end Hunter Henry could be a force after an ACL injury held him to just 14 snaps in 2018.

2019-20 AFC West

  • Kansas City -10000
  • Oakland +1400
  • Denver +50000

If Los Angeles is healthy, this is a team that could be a great bet on the road again and a solid bet to win the AFC West at -200.

Los Angeles Chargers Prediction

For all the firepower the Chargers have, look for the club’s defence to take another step to be one of the most dominant units in the league. The addition of Thomas will be evident both on the field and in the locker room. Derwin James is ready to become a household name (if he isn’t already) after an All-Pro season that had him lead the team in tackles and interceptions as a 22-year-old. Don’t forget that the Chargers gave up just 20.6 points per game last season (eighth overall) despite all of their injuries at linebacker.

This club’s offence is as dependable as it gets, even if Gordon’s holdout stretches into the regular season. Rivers has a handful of top-tier receiving options and should be able to spread the ball around enough to keep everyone happy. Prediction: The Chargers win the AFC West will advance to the AFC Championship game. This team could be your Super Bowl LIV champion.