Los Angeles Chargers Betting Odds
Los Angeles Chargers Betting Odds

Los Angeles Chargers Betting Odds

Charging Ahead

The Chargers are set for their second year in LA and their second year under Coach Anthony Linn. Last year the Chargers were surprisingly good for a recently relocated team, posting a 9-7 record, their first winning record since 2014. That got them second place in the AFC West, but they still missed the playoffs 4th consecutive season.

This year the LA Chargers have higher expectations from their fan base, who they are still trying to win over in a city full of distractions. Any Los Angeles Chargers betting will have to take into account these off the field factors this season, as the fate of this team is wrapped up in how well they adapt to their new location.

A Strong Roster

The good news for the Chargers is that they have all the right pieces in place to be successful. This greatly improves the Chargers betting odds and puts them in a good position to make a run at the playoffs, if not an AFC Championship.

The position they are most dangerous at is wide receiver. Between Mike Williams, Keenan Allen, and Travis Benjamin their areal game is in good hands. Allen set career highs in catches (102) and yards (1,393) in 2017. Those numbers were enough to set the franchise record and earn Allen recognition as the comeback player of the year after suffering an injury in 2016.

Mike Williams is a former first-round pick who had somewhat of a bust in his rookie season - much of which can be chalked up to injury - and is looking to rebound in 2018. Last year he only had one start, so the former ACC first team all star's chances are sure to improve with more starts this year.

Right behind those three is Tyrell Williams, who is as about as fast a receiver as there is, and after having his first full 16-game season last year, he knows the NFL ropes a little better and is poised to emulate his 2016 success when he took Allen's spot after an injury sidelined him.

Rivers Runs through It

QB Philip Rivers is another huge piece in the Charger's equation for success. Rivers has a career passer rating of 94.6, which among NFL quarterbacks with at least 1,500 attempts, is ninth-best all-time. Rivers is also the current QB iron man in the NFL, with 192 consecutive starts which ranks him as 4th all-time behind Peyton and Eli Manning and Brett Favre.

Rivers is coming off a season in which he posted 4,515 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, and ten interceptions. It was his third-best total for yards in his career.

With the Chargers getting better on the offensive line with the return of Forrest Lamp and the offseason addition of center Mike Pouncey, Rivers should have the protection he needs to have an even better 2018.

What does it all mean?

When all is said and done, our NFL sportsbook has the Chargers with odds that favor them finishing in the top 5 in the AFC. They are also the favorites to win their division.

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