Handicapping Chargers (9)
June 26, 2018
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The Los Angeles Chargers are getting a lot of love from the media and from bettors heading into the 2018 season. The Chargers finished 9-7 last season and finished second in the AFC West behind the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chargers have an offense that is led by Philip Rivers and a defense that features Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram and Casey Hayward. If the Chargers are to have success in 2018 they will need to start fast, as four of their first five games are in Los Angeles. The Chargers have the 9th-easiest schedule in the NFL this season, but they have to travel the second-most miles, as they have a game in London in Week 7.
Let’s look at the schedule for the Chargers to see if they will go over or under their win total of nine.
2018 Los Angeles Chargers Regular Season Win Total - per BetDSI
Over 9 (-130)
Under 9 (+100)
2018 Los Angeles Chargers Schedule Analysis
Sunday, Sept. 9, vs. Kansas City Chiefs
If the Chargers are to establish themselves as serious contenders in the AFC then they simply have to win their home opener against the Chiefs. The Chargers have lost eight straight to the Chiefs, but this could be the chance for Los Angeles to turn things around in this series, as they face the Chiefs with a new starting quarterback in Patrick Mahomes.
Sunday, Sept. 16, at Buffalo Bills
The Chargers rolled over the Bills last season and there is no reason to think it will be any different this season, as Buffalo doesn’t have a quality quarterback.
Sunday, Sept. 23, at Los Angeles Rams
The Chargers and Rams will battle in what is now a crosstown-rivalry. The Rams will be favored in this one and this could be the first loss of the season for the Chargers.
Sunday, Sept. 30, vs. San Francisco 49ers
This game is no bargain for the Chargers, as the 49ers are considered contenders in the NFC with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. This should be a high scoring game that could go either way.
Sunday, Oct. 7, vs. Oakland Raiders
This will be the first game for the Chargers against new Oakland head coach Jon Gruden. The Chargers won both games against Oakland last season, but it will be much tougher this year.
Sunday, Oct. 14, at Cleveland Browns
The Chargers should be able to roll in this game against a Cleveland team that is getting better, but still not on the level of the Chargers.
Sunday, Oct. 21, vs. Tennessee Titans
This is a dangerous game for the Chargers, as it is in London against a very good Tennessee team. The Chargers usually struggle at stopping the run and the Titans have a strong rushing attack.
Sunday, Oct. 28: Bye
Sunday, Nov. 4, at Seattle Seahawks
The Chargers have not visited the Seahawks since 2010. The Seahawks are not as good as in previous years, but this game is still in Seattle and it will not be an easy contest for Los Angeles.
Sunday, Nov. 11, at Oakland Raiders
The Chargers almost always struggle to win in Oakland and it shouldn’t be any different this year.
Sunday, Nov. 18, vs. Denver Broncos
This will be the first chance for the Chargers to get a look at the Broncos with Case Keenum at quarterback. The Broncos could be the surprise team in the AFC this season and this may not be an easy game for Los Angeles.
Sunday, Nov. 25, vs. Arizona Cardinals
This is an interesting matchup, as the Cardinals new offensive coordinator is Mike McCoy who is the former Chargers head coach. The Cardinals should be really good running the ball with David Johnson back healthy, and we know the Chargers struggle against the run.
Sunday, Dec. 2, at Pittsburgh Steelers
The Chargers have not traveled to Pittsburgh since 2012 and the Chargers rarely win against Pittsburgh, as they are 2-8 in their last 10 meetings.
Sunday, Dec. 9, vs Cincinnati Bengals
The Chargers will need to win this one at home and they are 19-14 all-time against the Bengals, including 10-7 at home.
Thursday, Dec. 13, at Kansas City Chiefs
This will not be an easy contest for the Chargers playing on short rest on the road in Kansas City. This looks like a road loss.
Sunday, Dec. 23, vs. Baltimore Ravens
The Chargers get some extra rest to prepare for former teammate Eric Weddle and the Ravens. This may not be an easy home game for the Chargers.
Sunday, Dec. 30, at Denver Broncos
The Chargers simply don’t win that often in Denver, as they have not won in Denver since 2013. They have not swept the Broncos since 2010.
2018 Los Angeles Chargers Season Win Total Prediction
The Chargers won nine games last season and based on their schedule for 2018 there is a decent chance they will go 9-7 again. Whether you go over or under the total of nine could depend upon how good you think Kansas City, Oakland and Denver will be. The AFC West overall looks very competitive, so we’ll go under nine wins for the Chargers in 2018.
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