The Los Angeles Chargers have an intriguing history in the NFL, but most of that history is less than distinguished. The early 1980s saw coach Don Coryell turn the Chargers’ offense into a highly oiled machine led by quarterback Dan Fouts, but an inattention to defense cost them over and over. Getting right to the edge of success before faltering was an issue last year as well as the Chargers were in position to beat the Kansas City Chiefs not once, but twice, and an untimely pick six (in one game) and a defensive collapse (in the other) allowed the Chiefs to escape both times. The Chargers did get a wild-card berth in the playoffs, and they took a 27-point lead at Jacksonville, only to see that lead evaporate.
They could only watch Riley Patterson nail a 36-yard field goal as time expired to send the Jaguars on to the divisional round – the third largest collapse in NFL playoff history. In the last seven seasons, the Chargers have squandered 21 different fourth-quarter leads, suggesting a culture that does not know how to finish games. Can they change that in 2023? Let’s check out the NFL betting spread for each game along with some primo wagering matchups.
NFL Betting News: Top Betting Games for the Los Angeles Chargers | Bet NFL Football Lines
WeekOpponentPoint Spread1 vs Miami Dolphins -2.52 at Tennessee Titans -3.53 at Minnesota Vikings -14 vs Las Vegas Raiders -4.55 BYE 6 vs Dallas Cowboys -17 at Kansas City Chiefs +68 vs Chicago Bears -4.59 at N.Y. Jets +210 vs Detroit Lions -311 at Green Bay Packers -212 vs Baltimore Ravens -213 at New England Patriots -1.514 vs Denver Broncos -315 at Las Vegas Raiders -216 vs Buffalo Bills +117 at Denver Broncos +118 vs Kansas City Chiefs +2
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Week 3: at Minnesota Vikings (-1)
The Minnesota Vikings won the NFC North and posted a 13-4 record in 2022. Except for a 16-point win over the Chicago Bears in Week 18, no other victory came by more than eight points. Their losses came by 17 points (at Philadelphia), 37 points (at home to Dallas), 11 points (at Detroit), and 24 points (at Green Bay). The only playoff-bound teams they would beat were the Giants (who returned the favor by beating Minnesota in Minneapolis in the wild-card game) and Buffalo (admittedly, an impressive road win in overtime). Their defense became so inconsistent that the team looked like two different squads in the same game, going down, 33-3, to Indianapolis before roaring back for a 39-36 overtime victory. The Los Angeles Chargers are another team that can give up leads and squander success, but Justin Herbert has been less likely to vanish in big games than has Kirk Cousins, and the Chargers’ defense has been more reliable than the Vikings’. Chargers to win and cover.
Week 8: vs Chicago Bears (-4.5)
Justin Fields has a pair of interesting wide receivers in D.J. Moore and Chase Claypool – and Claypool is entering a contract year. The Bears won’t be the moribund offense that they have been in seasons past, but the Chargers are ahead of them on the rebuild curve. They have the pass rush to get after Fields and force him into quick decisions – if they can contain him in the running game. The Bears’ secondary isn’t elite, so Justin Herbert should have some opportunities to stretch the field and get some quick scores. Chargers to win and cover.
Week 9: at N.Y. Jets (+2)
Now that the Jets have signed Dalvin Cook, they could be a real force in the AFC. They already have a legendary quarterback in Aaron Rodgers (and a newly confident backup in Zach Wilson). They had Randal Cobb and Allen Lazard running routes for Rodgers. They already had an elite defense. On both sides of the ball, they’re ahead of where the Los Angeles Chargers are now, so a two-point spread doesn’t seem like enough. Does it? Jets to win and cover.
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