It has been a rough start to the preseason for the San Diego Chargers, who travel to Chicago on Thursday to face the Bears on ESPN.
San Diego has seen both of its starting wide receivers go down with knee injuries early in training camp. Danario Alexander tore his ACL in his right knee and is lost for the season. Malcom Floyd was carted off the field during practice Monday, but initial reports are calling the injury a knee sprain. Floyd doesn’t appear to be out for the season.
It will, however, leave Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers without his primary weapons on the outside against the Bears. It will be interesting to see how coach Mike McCoy approaches his offensive gameplan. Will he give his first team more reps with the backup wideouts?
Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o also will miss Thursday’s game with a foot sprain.
San Diego was blown out in its preseason opener, 31-10, versus Seattle.
The Bears are coming off a 24-17 loss to the Carolina Panthers. Chicago’s defense, in its first season without linebacker Brian Urlacher, forced three turnovers in the first half against Carolina, but the offense was inconsistent in its first game under new coach Marc Trestman.
Chicago opened as a 4-point favorite, but the line had grown to as high as -5 at some shops as of Tuesday. The total is sitting at 38.
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Odds & Ends
--Second-year QB Nick Foles is expected to get the start for Philadelphia against Carolina. Michael Vick started the first preseason game, but new coach Chip Kelly has said the Eagles’ quarterback competition is wide open and that Foles will go first Thursday against the Panthers. The Eagles are 3.5-point home favorites over the Panthers.
--After failing to cover in Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints, the Kansas City Chiefs are now 5-29-1 against the spread in preseason. The Chiefs are short home favorites against the San Francisco 49ers on Friday.
--Bill Belichick’s teams continue to put up points in the preseason. The New England Patriots beat the Eagles, 31-22, in Week 1. Belichick is now 46-28 over/under in the preseason. New England is a 3.5-point home favorite against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday. The total opened as high as 43.
--Underdogs went 11-6 against the spread in Week 1, with 12 of the 17 games going over the total.
Falcons at Ravens, 7:30 p.m.
Lions at Browns, 7:30 p.m.
Panthers at Eagles, 7:30 p.m.
Chargers at Bears, 8 p.m.
Vikings at Bills, 7 p.m.
49ers at Chiefs, 8 p.m.
Buccaneers at Patriots, 8 p.m.
Raiders at Saints, 8 p.m.