San Diego Chargers vs. San Francisco 49ers Free Pick - 8/29/13
San Francisco 49ers (2-1) at San Diego Chargers (1-2)
NFL Football: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 10:00 pm (Qualcomm Stadium)
The Line: San Diego Chargers 0 -- Over/Under: 39 See the Latest Odds
The San Francisco 49ers finish off preseason action with a bout against the rival San Diego Chargers.
San Francisco throttled Minnesota 34-14 in week three to improve to 2-1 heading in to the final game of the preseason. While many predict that the 49ers are Super Bowl contenders, the results in week three might convince others to jump on the bandwagon. San Francisco has played great defense through three games before showing their offensive potential against the Vikings. Colin Kaepernick (7-13/72) got in some work with a five yard scoring toss, before Colt McCoy (11-15/109) proved to be an adequate back up. The ground game proved to be adequate as well with Jewel Hampton leading the way with 45 yards on eight carries, including a 15 yard scamper for six. The 49ers special teams even got on the scoreboard when Lavelle Hawkins returned a kick 105 yards to paydirt, while the defense held the Minnesota attack to only 214 yards.
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After giving up 64 points in their first two games, the San Diego defense showed some backbone in a 24-7 victory over Arizona to break into the win column. This was all about stopping the Cardinals, who mustered just 273 yards and had a fumble returned for a touchdown. While the Chargers obviously placed an emphasis on stopping the Arizona offense, their own attack didn't do a whole lot of scoring. Philip Rivers (10-18/71) and Charlie Whitehurst (4-10/93) were average, at best, through the air, with Rivers throwing an interception, while Ryan Matthews (57 yards on 14 carries) led the ground game with his 18 yard scoring run one of the few highlights for the offense. The Chargers totaled 310 yards and gave the ball away twice, despite fumbling three times so this team still has things to work on, even though the scoreboard said this was a one-sided affair.
Who knows if any prominent starters play and if they do,for how long? This could very well be decided by the backups and that has me looking at San Francisco for no real reason except the 49ers might have better reserves than the Chargers, or so I think...