NFL Picks: San Diego Chargers Win Totals & Game-by-Game Predictions

Nikki Adams

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 11:01 PM UTC

Wednesday, Jun. 24, 2015 11:01 PM UTC

Vegas Odds makers chalk the season win total line at 8 for the San Diego Chargers. What can NFL bettors expect from Philip Rivers and Company? Find out as we preview their 2015 NFL schedule and serve up our game-by-game NFL picks.

Smoke And Mirrors
The San Diego Chargers are coming off a season that started brightly but ended in bitter disappointment when they failed to clinch a playoff spot. Indeed, it marked the fourth time in the last five years the Chargers proved to be all smoke and mirrors and missed the postseason (the only exception was 2013) to the growing frustration of their fans.

On paper, the Chargers appear to have many of the requisite pieces in place, including an All-Pro quarterback to boot. On the field, it's another matter entirely. Every so often they play brilliantly, but more often than not they are an underachieving and agonizingly underwhelming bunch.

Case-and-point, their 2014 account: they raced to a 5-1 SU start and appeared to be on track for a playoff spot, when, all of a sudden, the wheels came undone in week 7 NFL betting. After which they never quite recovered, winning just four of their last ten games. Oh la, there's always the thrill of golf. Somebody has to do it.


Will The Real Chargers Please Stand Up!
In no uncertain terms, it's time to put up or shut up in San Diego. This is a franchise gagging for a Championship, one for which the city probably already has mapped out parade routes, under the assumption Philip Rivers and Company would already have accomplished the feat by now.

Alas, still nothing.

And it's hard to imagine that changing in 2015. Going against the Chargers is a relatively tough NFL schedule, that ranks 16th on the depth chart with a 0.518 winning percentage. Then there's Philip Rivers, who perennially blows hot and cold from game-to-game, not to mention the team itself also, which isn't exactly the model of consistency on either side of the ball. Unless the Chargers can figure it out on the field and deliver a consistent run through the 17-week NFL schedule befitting of an elite team NFL bettors are safer to keep expectations modest.  

There are intangibles to consider as well that could affect the attitude in the locker room and the atmosphere at Qualcomm Stadium: from the real possibility of the Chargers organisation quitting  San Diego for Los Angeles by next season to the unsubstantiated offseason rumour mill involving Philip Rivers, allegedly wanting out of San Diego and his brazen flirtation with trade markets.

The Chargers appear to have locked him down, but for what it's worth it's not as if he's accomplished much since 2009. All this just adds up to angst, agro and disruption that could be a distraction all season long.


Week 1: vs. Detroit (home), Sunday, Sept 13 at 4:05 PM
The Chargers open the season against a defensively sound side in the Detroit Lions. Last year, they opened the season against the Arizona Cardinals (another solid defensive team) and lost by a narrow 18-17 score, which marked the second straight season opener that they lost. Truth be told, it wouldn't be a surprise if they lost a third straight season opener.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 0-1


Week 2: vs. Cincinnati (road), Sunday, Sept 20 at 1 PM
In week 2 NFL betting, the Chargers take on Andy Dalton and the Cincinnati Bengals. The last time the pair met, the Chargers beat the Bengals in the first round of the 2013 playoffs. Payback by the Bengals could be on the cards, but it hinges on how solid Andy Dalton is calling the shots. At the end of the day, it's a road game and the Chargers went just 4-4 SU on the road last season, losing mainly to quality teams.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 0-2


Week 3: vs. Minnesota (road), Sunday, Sept 27 at 1 PM
The matchup between Philip Rivers and Teddy Bridgewater tips the way of the former. If Adrian Peterson is still a Viking by the start of the season, the balance could tip in favor of the hosts. This is a bit of a tough one to call because the Chargers are beatable on the road. Then again, Rivers can be trusted most of the time to deliver against teams that are .500 or less.

NFL Picks: Win
Record 1-2


Week 4: vs. Cleveland (home), Sunday, Oct 4 at 4:05 PM
The Chargers take on the Cleveland Browns in week 4 NFL betting for a game that should be a straightforward win at Qualcomm Stadium. The Browns are in transition still with the quarterback situation looking rather messy as well. There's also the fact that the Chargers have had Cleveland's number since 1991.

NFL Picks: Win
Record 2-2


Week 5: vs. Pittsburgh (home), Monday, Oct 12 at 8:30 PM
Monday Night Football at Qualcomm Stadium features Big Ben and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers have the considerable edge on paper behind an 8-2 SU mark and Big Ben has a tendency to bring out his best under the lights. Rivers' clutch-factor is debatable.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 2-3


Week 6: vs. Green Bay (road), Sunday, Oct 18 at 4:05 PM
Immediately after a home date with Big Ben, Philip Rivers takes on the MVP Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field. Talk about drawing the short straw on the NFL schedule. A short week ahead of a date with the Green Bay Packers that were undefeated at home last year. Yikes.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 2-4


Week 7: vs. Oakland (home), Sunday, Oct 25 at 4:05 PM
In week 7 NFL betting, the Chargers take on the aging-like-fine-wine Raiders. Although the Raiders are expected to be an improved side this season, it's still a matchup the Chargers should overcome. Last year, they swept the series with a 31-28 win on the road and a 13-6 win at home.  

NFL Picks: Win
Record 3-4


Week 8: vs. Baltimore (road), Sunday, Nov 1 at 1 PM
Last year, the pair met in Baltimore where Philip Rivers led the Chargers to the improbable 34-33 win in the dying seconds of the game. Hard to see the same thing happening again. The Baltimore Ravens and Joe Flacco get their payback.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 3-5


Week 9: vs. Chicago (home), Monday, Nov 9 at 8:30 PM
The Chicago Bears have a great coach in John Fox, but they still have Jay Cutler. Few NFL bettors are going to put down money on Cutler taking the road win at Qualcomm surely. The Chargers were 5-3 SU at home last season while the Bears went 3-5 SU on the road. What's more, it's a Monday Night Football extravaganza. Home edge trumps.

NFL Picks: Win
Record 4-5


Week 10: BYE WEEK


Week 11: vs. Kansas City (home), Sunday, Nov 22 at 8:30 PM
Coming off a Bye week, the Chargers are faced with divisional rivals Kansas City Chiefs at home in a second straight Primetime game. This time on Sunday Night Football. Last year, the Chargers lost both games to Alex Smith and Company. They lost 23-20 at home and 19-7 at home in their season-closer, a loss that effectively ended their playoff hopes. The Chargers will try to get payback, but Chiefs' defense could give Rivers fits again. We're going with the home win, but feeling no joy here.

NFL Picks: Win
Record 5-5


Week 12: vs. Jacksonville (road), Sunday, Nov 29 at 1 PM
The Jacksonville Jaguars are steadily improving and should be more competitive in 2015, but they still look to be a beatable side. This is a winnable game for the Chargers. Case-and-point they won 33-14 at home to the Jaguars in week 4 NFL betting last year. It's a road game and the Chargers are beatable on the road as mentioned before, but juxtaposing that notion is Rivers' ability to beat up on lesser teams.

NFL Picks: Win
Record 6-5


Week 13: vs. Denver (home), Sunday, Dec 6 at 4:05 PM
The Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning come to town in week 13 NFL betting. Last year, the Broncos swept the series behind a 35-21 win at Mile High and a 22-10 win on the road. Denver has won the last three meetings (including the 2013 playoff clash) and four of the last five meetings. The last time the Chargers got one over the Broncos was in week 15 NFL betting (2013) when they beat the Broncos 27-20 at Mile High.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 6-6


Week 14: vs. Kansas City (road), Sunday, Dec 13 at 1 PM
Arrowhead is a tough place to play and the Chargers struggled against the Chiefs last season. With little indication that might change this season we're banking on the Chiefs to come through for NFL bettors here.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 6-7


Week 15: vs. Miami (home), Sunday, Dec 20 at 4:25 PM
Philipp Rivers and the Chargers get the Dolphins at home in week 15 NFL betting. Last season, Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins humiliated the Chargers with a 37-0 defeat in Miami. Rivers will be looking for payback, but with the Dolphins fortified on the defensive side of the ball with Ndamukong Suh, it could be more of the same.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 6-8


Week 16: vs. Oakland (road), Thursday, Dec 24 at 8:25 PM
It's a short week for Philip Rivers and the Chargers after what is sure to be a taxing date with the Dolphins. Fortunately, it's only the Raiders they take on in Thursday Primetime Football. They should get the "W" here, nonetheless.

NFL Picks: Win
Record 7-8


Week 17: vs. Denver (road), Sunday, Jan 3 at 1 PM
Denver Broncos close the season at Mile High by welcoming the San Diego Chargers. The weather is going to be a huge factor as well home advantage tips the scale decisively towards the hosts. Philip Rivers would have to play lights-out-football to outshoot Peyton Manning. Somehow, we just don't see it happening.

NFL Picks: Loss
Record 7-9


NFL Betting Verdict: Colour us biased if you will, but we're unmoved by the Chargers as it were. We're predicting a subpar 7-9 SU season or thereabouts give or take a few games. Essentially, we're recommending the UNDER 8 at -105 NFL odds at Bovada.

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