NFL Preseason Betting Preview
Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers
Monday, 8:00 pm Eastern – ESPN
SBG Global Opening Line: Chargers – 6 , Total 39.5
The matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers on Monday was expected to feature both starting quarterbacks but that will not be the case as Seattle starter Matt Hasselbeck is unlikely to play due to a stiff back. Backup quarterback Seneca Wallace has been excellent this preseason but is unlikely to see much time since he has a sore groin so that means third string quarterback Charlie Frye will get the bulk of the snaps on Monday for Seattle. “Absolutely your starting quarterback has to be ready for the first regular-season game,” Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren said, “(With) the guys that have played as long as he has played … you are not quite as concerned about their minutes in the preseason. Now, I want him (Hasselbeck) to feel better. That’s my main concern. But as far as not playing or not getting enough reps, I don’t worry about that too much.” Seattle is also missing receivers Bobby Engram and Deion Branch due to injuries. SBG Global reports that early NFL betting has the public taking Chargers at Home.
The Seahawks are excited about their rookie running back Justin Forsett. He has 194 yards and a touchdown in the preseason. He is battling with Julius Jones, T.J. Duckett and Maurice Morris for playing time. The Chargers are also happy with their rookie running back. Jacob Hester will see the bulk of the action on Monday since LaDainian Tomlinson is unlikely to play. Tomlinson has not played in a preseason game since 2005.
SBG Global Current Line: Chargers – 6 , Total 37
NFL betting stats show that the Chargers and Seahawks are meeting in the preseason for just the ninth time, with Seattle leading the series, 5-3. Last year the Seahawks won 24-16. The two teams have met 48 times in the regular season with Seattle leading that series 25-23. Another interesting NFL betting statistic shows that Seattle head coach Mike Holmgren was 37-25 to the over in his preseason career before this preseason began. Holmgren has always been known as an offensive coach in Seattle and Green Bay so that should not come as a huge surprise.
Pick: Chargers 2 units