The Seattle Seahawks visit the StubHub Center to face the Los Angeles Chargers to wrap up Week 1 of the NFL preseason for an 8:00 pm Eastern kick-off. Let’s take a closer look at the game as well as Sports Interaction’s NFL Preseason odds.
Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Chargers
Point spread: Chargers -1.5
Date: Sunday, August 13, 2017 @ 20:00
Location: StubHub Center, Los Angeles.
Pete Carroll Takes Preseason Seriously
Wagering on the NFL’s preseason can be a daunting task to say the least, especially if the head coach of a team couldn’t care less about his team’s record for meaningless games. Andy Reid, for example, is 34-38 lifetime in the “fake” season. This doesn’t apply to Seattle head coach Pete Carroll who is 18-10 straight up and was 3-1 last season. The hometown Chargers are set as 1.5-point favourites with the total currently sitting at 37.5.
Seahawks vs Chargers Odds and Betting Analysis
When wagering on preseason NFL football, look at the quarterback depth of a team. The Chargers have an experienced back-up in Kellen Clemens and the recently acquired Cardale Jones from the Bills. Clemens has started 21 games in the NFL during his 11 year career and should face an easier task against Seattle’s 2nd second and 3rd third units on defense after starter Philip Rivers takes a seat.
Behind Russell Wilson, the Seahawks will play Trevone Boykin and Austin Davis. Boykin appeared in five games and finished the year with 145 passing yards with a touchdown and an interception as a rookie in 2016. Davis has 10 starts in a career that dates back to 2012.
The Seahawks are coming off a 10-5-1 season in which they captured the NFC West title but lost in the divisional round of the playoffs to the Falcons. Seattle tried to beef up its weak offensive line this offseason by signing the second overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, OL Luke Joeckel from the Jaguars and former NY Jet and Houston Texan OT Oday Aboushi.
The Seahawks finished dead last a season ago in snap-adjusted run-blocking grades and snap-adjusted pass-blocking grades according to Pro Football Focus. They’ll need to do a better job of protecting Russell Wilson to keep him healthier after the QB battled injuries in 2016. Can the Seahawks O-line open holes for new running back Eddie Lacy? The former Packers RB is coming off a 2016 campaign in which he played just five games and scored zero touchdowns.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Los Angeles Chargers finished dead last in the AFC West with a 5-11 record in 2016 and also said goodbye to San Diego after 56 years in “America’s Finest City”. The Chargers biggest move this offseason was hiring Anthony Lynn as coach, Gus Bradley as defensive coordinator, and Ken Whisenhunt as offensive coordinator. Much like the Seahawks, the Chargers tried to improve their poor offensive line. Los Angeles couldn’t pass protect, surrendering 238 total QB pressures for the second-lowest pass-blocking efficiency mark in 2016.
On paper, they should be massively upgraded with Russell Okung, Forrest Lamp, and Dan Feeney all added this offseason.
Seahawks vs. Chargers Prediction
Pick: Seattle Seahawks +1.5