San Diego Chargers Betting Odds Preview
The San Diego Chargers suffered their first losing season since 2003 last season, finishing 7-9 SU and ATS. The normally potent offense of the Chargers went cold in 2012, and the front office hopes that quarterback guru Mike McCoy can get things back on track as the team’s new coach.
San Diego’s identity has usually revolved around a strong passing game and a high-scoring offense in years past, but the offense was actually the main problem for the Chargers in 2012. After getting off to a 3-1 SU and ATS start, the Chargers fizzled out to a 4-8 SU and ATS record over their last 12 games.
For the second straight year, quarterback Philip Rivers struggled. After posting a 92-to-33 touchdown-to-interception ratio from 2008 to 2010, Rivers’ TD-to-INT ratio was 53-to-35 over the last two seasons. His uptick in mistakes and lack of efficiency, coupled with RB Ryan Mathews being virtually non-existent, led San Diego to the second-worst offense in the league last year averaging just 297.3 yards per game.
Enter Mike McCoy, a quarterback expert that got career seasons out of Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow in Denver. McCoy has a lot more to work with in Rivers, and if he can get his quarterback playing up to his potential again, the Chargers could compete for a playoff spot. Draft additions OT DJ Fluker and WR Keenen Allen should make an immediate impact as well.
The defense was a bright spot for San Diego last season, finishing sixth against the run allowing just 96.4 rushing yards per game and ninth overall with 326.4 yards against per game. Considering how much the offense struggled, San Diego’s resiliency on this side of the ball is even more impressive. The unit should be effective again in 2013.
This team will go as far as Philip Rivers will take it. While it would take a near-perfect season to upset Denver for the AFC West title, the Chargers could be a playoff team if Rivers can return to 2010 form.
AFC West Odds at Bovada as of July 31
Denver Broncos -400
Kansas City Chiefs +600
San Diego Chargers +650
Oakland Raiders +2000