The Chargers continue to get a lot of respect in NFL odds at the online sportsbook despite the fact they continually disappoint their followers.
NFL odds at the online sportsbook show that the Chargers went 8-8 last season but in the weak AFC West that was good enough to make the playoffs. San Diego has a lot of talent but with Norv Turner as head coach you never can tell what that talent will do.
Philip Rivers had a great 2008 season as he threw for over 4,000 yards with 34 touchdowns as online betting statistics showed. He has a number of weapons on offense including running backs LaDainian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles and tight end Antonio Gates. The Chargers were second in the league in points scored as NFL odds stats tell us. The defense did slip though as they were 15th in points allowed as NFL odds number show and losing Shawne Merriman definitely didn’t help.
When the Chargers are healthy they look like a great team. With Rivers leading an explosive offense the Chargers can impact NFL odds every single week. The defense should be better with a healthy Shawne Merriman so all seems positive for the Chargers. Merriman should be able to team with Shaun Phillips and Luis Castillo to give San Diego a much better pass rush than they had a year ago. That pass rush should help safeties Quentin Jammer and Eric Weddle. Last year the Chargers were terrible against the pass, ranking 31st in the league as NFL odds stats indicate so those numbers are likely to improve this season.
Playing in the weakest division in the NFL the Chargers should have no trouble making the playoffs. Denver looks worse than they were a year ago, Kansas City is rebuilding and Oakland is terrible. On paper the Chargers should walk to the AFC West title. The only concern in NFL odds is their head coach. Norv Turner simply doesn’t win in the NFL as a head coach. Last year’s 8-8 record straight up and 7-8-1 against the online betting number was just another example of that. Can he possibly screw up the Chargers this season? It doesn’t seem likely in the weakest division in football. San Diego is 14-1 to win the Super Bowl XLIV.