On Sunday Week 3 of the NFL Preseason will wrap up, which only means one thing, we’re two weeks away from the start of the regular season. The preseason can be described as a tease, it’s alright at first, but the more the preseason moves on, the more you’re ready for the regular season. I’m about over the preseason, especially after we roll into the fourth week. However, there’s going to be plenty of football that matters next weekend with the start of college football. Well, technically college football started on Friday night with Cal and Hawaii playing in Australia. I always assume that first Thursday of the season as the real start to the season, with plenty of action from multiple conferences on tap.
There is some decent football on Sunday though, with a full slate of action on national television. There is also a SNF game on NBC tonight in Jacksonville. For our game, we’re going to head to Minnesota, where the San Diego Chargers will be making a long distance trip to play the Vikings. That can’t be the most attractive schedule for San Diego in the preseason. During the regular season, fine, it’s part of the business. But having to travel out there for an otherwise meaningless game doesn’t make for a fun trip.
The Chargers are not going to be a good team this season. They may surprise, which is a possibility, but from what I see I don’t foresee too much success. Philip Rivers said the goal is to win the division, yes, the Cleveland Browns have a lofty goal of winning the division, too. The offense line was in shambles last season, and the Chargers aren’t going to like going into the regular season with an injured D.J. Fluker. Eric Weddle is gone, and had some nasty words for his former team.
This is a team where Weddle etched his identity and became one of the best safeties in the league. He was a fan favorite as well, so it’s a bit of a head turner when a guy like that calls them out. Then the Joey Bosa saga continued after the draft and is still going on today. Reports are indicating that GMs from other NFL teams are laughing at the dysfunctionality in San Diego. This isn’t a sixth-round pick, Bosa was selected with the 3rd pick in the NFL Draft. If he doesn’t sign, he will go back into the draft in 2017. Good luck with the division, Chargers.
San Diego Chargers vs. Minnesota Vikings NFL Preseason Betting Odds:
vs. Vikings -6(-110)
Odds provided by Bovada.lv
Chargers vs. Vikings Pick:
The Vikings unexpectedly became a menace last season. Being a good team really wasn’t too much of a surprise, but pushing the Green Bay Packers to their max certainly was. The Vikes surpassed the Packers, winning the NFC North for the first time since 2009 in the Brett Favre era. Teddy Bridgewater asserted himself as one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL with his prowess on the field. The Vikings definitely made more than a couple people lose money fading them. Their year ended in dramatic fashion though, a missed Blair Walsh field goal on the last play of the game, from 27-yards out sent the Seattle Seahawks to the next round. It was the coldest game ever recorded in NFL history. The Vikings should be poised for another nice season, though.
The story of this game isn’t going to be about the Vikings or Chargers. It’s going to be focused on the brand new stadium the Vikings will be playing in this season. Gone is the ancient dome and in is the ultra-modern U.S. Bank Stadium. The Vikings got started with the new brand of Viking football last season, we’ll see if they can carry it over to their new home. This is going to be a fun division to watch with the Packers and Vikings battling it out for the NFC North crown. I’m a Lions’ fan, but I’m afraid they won’t be able to compete with them.
This is an interesting line in this game. It reminds me of the Cowboys and Seahawks game we successfully handicapped Thursday. The spread is yelling at people to take the Chargers. Whenever you see more than 4 points in a preseason game it makes you wonder why the books are giving up so many points in an exhibition scrimmage. The line opened at 4 and has gone up to 6, with some 7’s out there. I suspect the Vikings put forth a strong effort in their first game at U.S. Bank Stadium. The Chargers and the points looks appealing, but I feel like the sportsbooks are trying to bait and hook everyone into taking them. I don’t think the public understands how bad the Chargers may be in 2016.
PICK: VIKINGS -6 (-110)