The L.A. Chargers make their long-awaited debut at the StubHub Center after their move from San Diego. I never was a fan of the Chargers moving here and still don’t like it. The Chargers will be playing in a 27,000 stadium, which will remind you a little more of a small town college pad, rather than an NFL stadium. Maybe the Chargers should have tried to stay in San Diego before they had appropriate accommodations to play in? This is just a temporary place for the Chargers before the new home of the Rams and Chargers is completed. The new stadium will be impressive, and the most expensive ever built at 2.6 billion.
Are the Rams and Chargers going to have a competitive team to field in their new digs? The Rams haven’t found a quarterback yet, they hope that Jared Goff is the answer but we don’t know that at the moment. 2017 is going to be a year where they hopefully get some answers in that regard. For the Chargers, they have a definite starter in Philip Rivers. However, he is 35 and they will probably be seeing a new starter shortly. Rivers will lead the Chargers into the 2017 season, where he and Antonio Gates will look to get something done before the curtain closes on their careers.
The Chargers acquired former Ohio State Buckeye and Bill, Cardale Jones. Jones didn’t get much of a chance in Buffalo, and didn’t have an offense around him, so we’ll see what he’s got in California. The Bills spent a fourth-rounder on him and they had enough after just one year. His only chance in a regular season game resulted in 6-for-11 passing with an interception. Jones will be competing for the backup job against Kellen Clemens through the preseason.
Rivers lost his main target early in the 2016 season after Keenan Allen went down and out for the entire year. There haven’t been any issues for him through camp, even taking care of a cornerback in a training camp fight. It’s imperative that Allen stays healthy for the Chargers. They finished 14th with 356.8 yards per game in 2016. Add Allen and I’m sure that bumps them up to the top 10 in offense. They were limited without a legitimate vertical game. The Seahawks will meet the Chargers tonight for the first game of the preseason. After a few days of preseason football, I must say, I am ready for the regular season.
Seattle Seahawks vs. L.A. Chargers Betting Odds:
Seahawks +2 (-110)
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Seahawks vs. Chargers Pick:
Pathetic effort by everybody involved from an offensive point of view last night between the Titans and Jets. Alex Tanney just about sealed his fate with an embarrassing performance. Apparently Matt Cassel injured his thumb and did not play a snap, so the show was all Tanney’s. He was bad early on and bad late against the defensive scrubs. Cassel isn’t the best, but I at least believe he would have gotten the Titans at least one touchdown. We handicapped that Hackenberg would be bad correctly; however, it didn’t matter because of how bad the Titan offense was.
I am sure we will see a better effort tonight in LA from both sides. The Seahawks will go into the regular season as a top team to win the Super Bowl. They are currently 10-1, 3rd best to win the Super Bowl. From hearing others talk, though, it certainly doesn’t feel like they are 3rd best. I hear a lot of Packers, Raiders Steelers, and of course Patriots talk, but the Seahawks have some doubters. Russell Wilson will be the clear starter on opening day for Seattle, but beyond that it gets dicey.
Trevone Boykin needs to stop getting in trouble off the field and garner some positive results on the field. Boykin has an August 22nd court appearance for a marijuana possession and public intoxication charge. Austin Davis will give him a run for the backup position. The Seahawks looked to beef their running game up in the offseason, as they added Eddie Lacy to the fold. Lacy dealt with weight issues the vast majority of his career, so the Seahawks gave him a paid incentive to keep it off. He already made one weight in, good for an extra $55,000. Lacy will not participate today for the Seahawks, nor will Tyler Lockett.
While you can’t exactly make a strong angle on motivation in a preseason game, I suspect that the Chargers are going to want to get a win in their first ever real game in LA. At the end of the day, this is a preseason game, but I think there’s some added intrigue given this is their first game at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles. I am looking for Cardale Jones to show us something on Sunday. Small play on the Chargers.
PICK: CHARGERS -2 (-110)