NFL Odds Favor Seahawks Defense vs. Chargers

Steven Suarez

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 12:23 PM UTC

Wednesday, Sep. 10, 2014 12:23 PM UTC

Fresh off a dominating showing in Week 1, the Seahawks will try to now get the job done on the road, as they get set to battle San Diego in Week 2. The NFL odds are on Seattle's side, but will Philip Rivers and the Chargers have anything to say about it?

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Though some books have a spread of six for the taking, many still have NFL odds at 5.5 available. The Seahawks are favored to get the win and move to 2-0 on the season.

For now, with a day remaining, the O/U is listed at 44 points. 

In terms of injury news, it's the Chargers that are dealing with most of the ailments. Keenan Allen and Antonio Gates are both probable, but on the other side of the ball Melvin Ingram and Brandon Flowers are both questionable. 

That's certainly not good news to be short-handed when you're coming up against the best team in football in Seattle. 

We liked what we saw out of the Chargers last Monday, but we're going to ride with the Seahawks until they give us a reason not to. They look almost unstoppable on both sides of the ball, and have had extra time to prepare for this visit to San Diego.

We'll therefore be selecting Pete Carroll's team to come out and grab another win, while also covering the spread, with our Week 2 NFL picks.

NFL Picks: Seahawks -5.5

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An opening spread of five points, with the Seahawks favored, has moved up to 5.5 at most sportsbooks, and a NFL betting site or two even have a line of six available. It wouldn't be surprising to see further movement throughout the week.

The total stands at 44.5 at 5Dimes at the moment.

San Diego Chargers in 2014-15 Regular Season: 0-1 SU, 1-0 ATS, -1.0 margin of victory

Seattle Seahawks in 2014-15 Regular Season: 1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, +20.0 margin of victory

We start our preview with the home team. The Chargers were tasked with a difficult season opener, as they had to travel to Arizona to play the Cardinals on the road on Monday Night Football.

Despite a valiant effort, San Diego ended up losing 18-17, though the Chargers did cover as three-point dogs in the NFL odds.

A big third quarter, in which San Diego out-scored Arizona 14-0, got them back in the game, but John Brown's late touchdown grab scooted the Cardinals past the visiting Chargers and into the winning column to start the season.

Individually, Philip Rivers threw for 238 yards with one touchdown and one pick, while Ryan Mathews had 60 total yards and a score. Antonio Gates led all San Diego receivers with six catches (on 10 targets) for 81 yards, with Malcom Floyd adding 50 yards and a touchdown.

Still, it wasn't the most impressive offensive display from Rivers and company, and now they have to come up against the best defense in the league in Week 2.

The Seahawks looked the part of Super Bowl champions against the Packers, cruising to a 36-16 win at home last Thursday. It was an easy cover for Seattle backers.

Russell Wilson completed 19-of-28 passes for 191 yards and two scores, with Marshawn Lynch running 20 times for 110 yards and two scores. The added dimension of a healthy Percy Harvin certainly helped Seattle's offense too, and he should he heavily involved against the Chargers come Week 2.

As usual, that Seahawks defense rose to the occasion and made life difficult on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers. Will they have similar success against Rivers? It's tough not to like Seattle's chances of moving to 2-0 for our NFL picks.

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