There was very little to criticize about the San Diego Chargers‘ performance against the Dallas Cowboys in the first pre-season game, but on Friday night they will likely encounter a more combative opponent when they line up against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in football betting action that is set to get underway at 10 PM ET at CenturyLink Field.
The Chargers rolled up a 27-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys at Qualcomm Stadium last Thursday night, and it was certainly satisfying for Frank Reich, who has gotten a promotion to offensive coordinator after Ken Whisenhunt moved on to become head coach with the Tennessee Titans. The Seahawks, who beat the Denver Broncos 43-8 in the Super Bowl in February, had the unenviable task of traveling to Sports Authority Field for their pre-season opener, and the Broncos left Peyton Manning in there a little longer than one might have expected, hanging a 21-16 loss on Seattle.
In the football betting lines that have been posted on this game at VietBet, the Seahawks are laying a hefty number for a pre-season game:
Seattle Seahawks -6
San Diego Chargers +6
Over 38.5 Points -110
Under 38.5 Points -110
San Diego’s win seemed easy last Thursday. Of course, the Cowboys were at a handicap, in that even in the wake of the defensive players they have already lost, there were a number of defensive backs missing. It wound up being easy pickings for the Charger quarterbacks, who rang up astonishing accuracy; in fact, they completed 14 of their 16 passes, and did not have an incompletion until the fourth quarter. Perhaps the best performer was backup Kellen Clemens, who went five-for-five for 134 yards, including a 70-yard TD pass to Dontrelle Inman, who caught 100 passes in two CFL seasons prior to this one.
The Chargers fully expect that they are going to have to encounter some distractions in Seattle; namely the fact that this is a very loud building. With the Seahawks appearing in a game for the first time since the Super Bowl romp over Denver, there should be a raucous reception indeed. When it comes down to playing with the second unit, San Diego may be finding themselves in the midst of a major adjustment.
One thing the Seahawks (who are +585 to repeat, according to the NFL futures at VietBet) can do is test the agility of the San Diego pass rushers, because they can use three quarterbacks who are extremely mobile. Aside from Russell Wilson, they have Tarvaris Jackson and Terrelle Pryor, late of the Oakland Raiders, who passed for 137 yards and ran for 28 more against Denver.
One might expect that both sides will be “vanilla’ to a certain extent, because they will be meeting up in the regular season in just a month (September 14).
But the ongoing situation regarding Marshawn Lynch is anything but uneventful. First the star running back was holding out of camp, despite the fact that he had a legitimate contract in effect. The Seahawks sweetened his deal a little, but not long after reporting, he has become the subject of a police investigation regarding “assault and personal property damage.” The Seahawks’ brass has referred to these accusations as “bogus.”
One thing that football bettors at VietBet should keep in mind is that Pete Carroll has nothing against turning up the volume in the pre-season, as his team not only had a streak of eight straight wins and covers in exhibition tilts before the Denver game, but have also outscored their opponents by a 110-36 margin over their last four pre-season games at home. So considering the circumstances, the Seahawks look like they could be a worthwhile play, even laying the six points.
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CHARLES JAY, a contributor to BangTheBook.com, is one of the most experienced sports betting writers in America, as he has written more than 10,000 pieces specifically for the industry over the last seven years. At one time employed as an editorial consultant with USA Network, he is also a former syndicated radio talk show host (American Radio Networks) and has also done color commentary on boxing events in the past for Prime Network (now known as Fox SportsNet). He is a veteran of more than a decade and a half working within the professional sports industry, and has been handicapping sporting events for over 25 years. In addition to this, he has compiled specialty odds for a number of online sportsbook operations and media outlets.
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