San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Chargers - 8/29/19 NFL Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco 49ers vs. Los Angeles Chargers - 8/29/19 NFL Preseason Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco 49ers

Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 9:00 PM (Levi's Stadium)

The Line: San Francisco 49ers -4 -- Over/Under: 33.5

TV: Local, NFL Network

The Los Angeles Chargers and San Francisco 49ers meet Thursday in NFL preseason action at Levi's Stadium.

The Los Angeles Chargers are 0-3 in preseason play after a 15-23 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Easton Stick and Tyrod Taylor combined for 143 passing yards and one touchdown. Taylor led the Chargers with 34 yards on six carries, while Artavis Scott had 66 receiving yards on four receptions. Defensively, Drue Tranquill led the Chargers with nine tackles, Chris Peace had one sack and Isaac Rochell had one tackle for loss. The Los Angeles Chargers are one of those teams that haven’t played their starters much at all, so it’s tough to judge them based on meaningless play. The Chargers are one of the more balanced teams in the league and as long as Philip Rivers doesn’t enter the regular season with much rust, this is a club capable of very special things. The Los Angeles Chargers have lost five of their last seven preseason games.

The San Francisco 49ers are 3-0 in preseason play after a 27-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. Jimmy Garoppolo and Nick Mullens combined for 257 passing yards and one touchdown. Jeff Wilson Jr. led the 49ers with 45 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries, while Richie James had 66 receiving yards on four receptions. Defensively, Damontre' Moore led the 49ers with five tackles, Arik Armstead had 0.5 sacks and Jay Bromley had 0.5 sacks. The San Francisco 49ers have probably been the most impressive team through three weeks of preseason, as both sides of the ball have been consistent, and now they just got solid play from Garoppolo. While preseason success has little to do with what happens in the regular season, this has been a successful three weeks for the 49ers and indicates they may be on the right track. The San Francisco 49ers have split their last six preseason games.

The Chargers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games. The 49ers are 7-16 ATS in their last 23 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The road team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 9-3 in 49ers last 12 Thursday games. The under is 7-3-1 in Chargers last 11 Thursday games.

The San Francisco 49ers have been one arguably the best team this preseason and have done some of their best work from the backups. The Los Angeles Chargers are winless this preseason and have lost five of their last seven meaningless games overall. Hard not to back the 49ers here based on how they've played up to this point.

Randy’s Pick San Francisco 49ers -4

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.