The home team always has the advantage in any NFL betting odds season opener but for the San Diego Chargers playing the AFC West doormat Kansas City Chiefs on the road is probably the next best thing to opening up the season at home.
The Chargers have been the class of this division for the past half decade and the Chiefs have been the cellar dweller for that same time period. And when the best team in the division takes on the worst team in the division the expected result is what you’ll get nine times out of ten.
The Chargers are simply a much more talented team and even without star WR Vincent Jackson (1,167 yards receiving in ’09) who continues to sit out, this team should have more than enough weapons to hand the Chiefs a loss in Week 1.
Kickoff for this Monday matchup is set for 10:05 Eastern Time and sbg sportsbook opened with the Chargers as a 4.5-point favorite with an over/under total at 44.5.
Four and half points isn’t much for a high octane offense like the Chargers but as you probably noticed offenses usually take a week or two to get the kinks worked out and very few teams put up a lot of points in their opening game this past weekend.
Add to that the fact that Week 1 is when underdog teams have the best chance of pulling an upset and the 4.5 points doesn’t seem like such a crazy spread.
Still, look for the Chargers to win the game and cover the sports betting spread.
Even without Jackson in the lineup the Chargers still have potent offense. The O-line is banged up a bit but is still one of the better units in the league. TE Antonio Gates is still the standard bearer at his position and his 79 receptions last season led the team.
One question mark for the Bolts is the running game which has suffered in recent years (LT led the team with just 730 yards in ’09) but the team hopes to have resolved the issue by drafting promising RB Ryan Matthews with its #1 round pick this spring. He was far from impressive in the preseason but will look to run wild over an awful Chiefs run defense that gave up 156 rushing yards per game in ’09.
Chargers will win this NFL gambling matchup.