Cardinals vs. Chargers Odds & Pick for NFL Preseason Week 4

Doug Upstone

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:04 PM GMT

Both Arizona and San Diego are coming off confounding campaigns at 10-6 and 9-7 respectively and sportsbooks win totals are projecting regression in season win totals for 2014.

With each squad has one more tune-up before the regular season. Are the Cardinals and Chargers going to take a step backward or are they on an upward trend?

 

Arizona’s Margin of Error is Wafer Thin
Coach Bruce Arians first year among the cactus was a success, being the only team to post double-digit wins (10) and fail to make the playoffs.

The positives included Carson Palmer salvaging his career after an ugly stint in Oakland and being put in charge of an offense which better matches his skill set and being able to throw to Larry Fitzgerald and the emerging Michael Floyd.

Coming into this season, what football handicappers and those looking over the NFL odds are concerned about is the Cardinals offensive and defensive lines.

It has been years since Arizona had what would be considered an above average O-Line, which includes the 2009 contingent that almost won the Super Bowl. This year’s crew might be marginally better than last, but Palmer often does not have to go thru his read progressions and the running game is merely a change of pace, not an effective tool.

With Darnell Dockett gone in the interior, it always sounds good when coach’s say “Next man up”, but it does not always work that way.

Having four games with Seattle and San Francisco makes life hard on any team and Arizona Cardinals will have to make their own breaks.

 

Can San Diego Challenge Denver in the Division?
The Chargers won a surprising nine games last season and physically whipped Cincinnati in Ohio in the playoffs 27-10, before falling to Denver 24-17 as 7.5-point road underdogs.

San Diego Chargers beat the NFL odds becoming a very physical team in the trenches on each side of pigskin and first year coach Mike McCoy had Philip Rivers become a mid to short range passer, picking spots for longer heaves.

The Chargers gained a great deal of confidence from last year and to a man they feel they are improved and would most likely be a play on team for NFL picks to go over 8-wins as the sportsbooks have established.

In order to hunt down the Broncos, they will have to earn it, facing a similarly difficult schedule, but this is a good football team.

 

Strange Timing for this Matchup
Hard to say who’s to blame, but these squads will meet in Week 1 to open the season, playing on Monday night.

This assures the game plans will be like a bowl of vanilla light ice cream and using backups exclusively all but assured. Making Week 4 sports picks in the NFL is challenging to begin with and adding they meet again in next contest which counts makes the situation even more arduous.

Let’s lean with San Diego at -3. Believing overall they have the better team, we will make the Chargers our NFL Pick.
Free Football Pick: San Diego minus the points

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