LA Chargers vs. Seattle Seahawks - 8/13/17 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Seattle Seahawks (11-6-1) at LA Chargers Chargers (5-11)
NFL Football: Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 8:00 pm (StubHub Center)
The Line: LA Chargers Chargers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 38 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Seattle Seahawks and the newly-christened Los Angeles Chargers finish off the first week of NFL preseason action when they face off on Sunday.
The Seattle Seahawks will look to build on a solid 2016 campaign that saw the team finish the year 10-5-1, winning the NFC West and reaching the divisional round before falling to the eventual NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons. It was a fairly quiet offseason for the Seahawks, with the most notable move made being the signing of running back Eddie Lacy to a 1-year contract to see if the former Green Bay Packer can fill the void left by Marshawn Lynch who retired then un-retired before being traded to the Raiders for a draft pick. Dion Jordan signed with the Seahawks from Miami, but the key will be if the talented Oregon defensive end can stay on the field after serving a 15-month suspension and then being sidelined for the whole 2016 season. Most of the usual suspects return for the Seahawks, with Russell Wilson taking the snaps at starting quarterback, hoping to bring the offense back inside the top-10 in total offense after finishing 12th last season with 5,715 yards of total offense, including a top-10 finish in passing but finishing 25th in the ground attack, amassing an average of just 99.4 rushing yards per game last season. Cliff Avril, Bobby Wagner, Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor will receive the task of keeping the Seahawks’ defense in the top-5 in total defense, while improving on their mark that saw Seattle allow just 318.7 yards of total offense per game last year.
The Los Angeles Chargers will look to turn things around in their new home, after finishing the 2016 dead last in the AFC West with a 5-11 record. The Chargers started their transition by landing one of the prized free agents in the offseason, signing Russell Okung to a 4-year, $53 million deal. The Chargers offense looks like one that could be very underrated by most critics this season, with Philip Rivers having some solid weapons including running back Melvin Gordon, Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin and 2017 1st round draft pick, Mike Williams from Clemson. Williams comes in highly touted after catching 8 balls for 94 yards and a touchdown in the national championship win over Alabama. The concern for Allen is will this be the year he finally stays healthy and can be the top receiver in the Chargers’ core? It would surely help if he did, to improve a Chargers offense that finished in the middle of the pack in terms of total offense, ending 2016 with 5,708 yards of total offense, good for 14th. Joey Bosa will be expected in his sophomore season to help the Chargers’ defense that finished smack dab in the middle of the bunch in terms of total defense as well, allowing 5,554 yards against, good for 16th in the league.
Seattle is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games on grass while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Los Angeles is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 5-16 ATS in their last 21 home games while the under is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games on grass. The underdog is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Both of these teams have a lot of things set in stone already, and the position battles will be happening throughout the game. So since I think both of those cancel out, I’ll give the edge to the Chargers who will want to get off to a good start in their new digs.