San Diego Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks Free Pick, Odds, Prediction 9/14/14
Seattle Seahawks (1-0) at San Diego Chargers (0-0)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm (Qualcomm Stadium)
The Line: San Diego Chargers +5.5 -- Over/Under: 45 See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX HD
The Seattle Seahawks head to San Diego on Sunday to face off against the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium.
The San Diego Chargers didn’t get their season off to the start they had hoped, as the Chargers fell to the Arizona Cardinals on Monday night. The Chargers had a shot to beat the Cardinals in Arizona on Monday night, but Carson Palmer connected with John Brown with just under three minutes remaining in the game, to secure the win for the Cards. The Chargers offense struggled in their week one game against the Cards, but that is to be expected as the Cardinals have one of the best defenses in the league, especially their secondary which is one of the elite in the NFL. Phillip Rivers really seemed to struggle at times against Arizona, just eclipsing 200 yards through the air, and one touchdown and one pick. The ground game for the Chargers struggled as well against the Arizona D, averaging just 2.2 yards per carry. It won’t get any easier here for the Chargers as Seattle brings their famous defense to San Diego. I don’t know who made the Chargers schedule, but I doubt they drafted Rivers in their fantasy league.
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The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Packers last Thursday to open the NFL season, in what now seems like an eternity ago. The Seahawks looked dominant against the Packers, defeating Green Bay 36-16. The Seahawks looked like they picked up this season right where they left off last year, and as of now (way too early by the way) Seattle looks like the favorites to again hoist the Lombardi trophy at the end of the season. Seattle’s defense got beat a few times, especially with Jordy Nelson on the outside getting some extra fusion, but everybody gets beat at sometime by Rodgers and company. All in all the Packers never really threatened Seattle, and even though it was just a touchdown lead at the break for Seattle, anyone watching the game knew who the better team was. Seattle did struggle at times on the road last season, but with extra time to rest and prepare, and considering that this game is so early in the season and everyone is completely fresh, I doubt we’ll see much drop off here. Of course, Seattle won’t have their amphitheater of a stadium to back them up on Sunday.
Seattle is 27-11 against the spread in their past three seasons, and in the past three years, the Hawks are 11-6 against the number. Also, in games played on grass, Seattle is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight. The Chargers are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games as underdogs of 3.5-9.5 points, and as an underdog, the Chargers are 12-8 against the spread in their last 20.
Personally I’m staying away from this one. Seattle is clearly the better team, but this isn’t a very attractive number, and the Seahawks on the road are always somewhat of an unknown. San Diego is coming off a physical game with a short week to rest and prepare, making me leery of backing them as well. For my free pick, I’ll be on Seattle here, but like I said this is just a lean at best and I’m staying away from this one personally.