Arizona Cardinals at San Diego Chargers - 8/19/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Cardinals (14-4) at San Diego Chargers (4-12)
NFL Football: Friday, August 19, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Qualcomm Stadium)
The Line: San Diego Chargers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 41 See the Latest Odds
The Arizona Cardinals take their show on the road as they travel to Qualcomm Stadium to take on the San Diego Chargers in week 2 preseason action.
The Arizona Cardinals did not look good in a 31-10 home defeat at the hands of the Oakland Raiders. The offense stalled and sputtered the whole game as no one could really get into a rhythm. Carson Palmer went 3-5 for 38 yards in a limited couple of drives, while backup Drew Stanton didn’t get much more playing time himself, throwing for only 42 yards. The bulk of the plays went to third-stringer Matt Barkley, who threw for 121 yards and an interception on a disappointing 8-24. The 1-2 at running back expected to take the field for Arizona week 1, in Andre Ellington and David Johnson combined for 72 yards on 6 attempts, splitting the carries 3 a piece, so there is some hope that the Cardinals have something to work with going into week 2.
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The San Diego Chargers come into week 2 fresh off of a frustrating 27-10 home loss to Tennessee. Starting QB Philip Rivers looked pretty good although we were only given a small sample size, with Rivers going 2-3 for 64 yards and a touchdown. Other than Rivers, the other 3 quarterbacks, backup Kelvin Clemens, potential backup Zach Mettenberger and 4th string Mike Bercovici went a combined 13-29 with two picks to show for it. The only other bright spot for San Diego was running back Kenneth Farrow, who made the most of the opportunity given to him by rushing for 60 yards on 16 carries. One has to wonder if the controversy involving first round draft pick Joey Bosa is becoming any bit of a distraction to this Chargers team heading into the regular season.
Arizona is 15-7 ATS in their last 22 road games, while the under is 6-2 in their last 7 overall and 5-2 in their last 7 on grass. San Diego is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 overall and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games, while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 home games. The visitor is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
I personally don’t know why San Diego is favored here. Maybe because of home field, however the Cardinals have the better starters, and better backups. Once Rivers is out for San Diego, kiss any ball movement goodbye. Arizona wasn’t much better week one, but I’m more confident in Arizona’s depth than I am of San Diego.
Take the points if you want, but I’ll be taking Arizona outright.