Free Preseason Week 1 Prediction: Chargers vs Rams NFL Odds
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NFL Handicapping: Preseason Week 1
(0-0) Los Angeles Chargers vs. Los Angeles Rams (0-0)
Date: Saturday, August 14th
Time: 10:00 PM
Venue: SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California
NFL Preseason Week 1 ATS Betting Lines: Rams +4
NFL Preseason Week 1 Moneyline Odds: Chargers -190, Rams +170
NFL Preseason Week 1 NFL Betting Total: O/U 34
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The first Saturday of NFL Preseason football gives us an intriguing showdown in the City of Angels. More important than two LA teams going head-to-head is that this is the latest game on the slate, and we all know what that means (…you’re gonna bet it).
Let’s look at both sides and see where we can find some value.
Los Angeles Chargers
There is zero doubt in my mind that the Chargers have upgraded in coaching department compared to last year. I say this not because we really know anything about the Chargers new top staff, but because is truly hard to imagine that there is anywhere to go but up from the 2020 season.
For starters, they blew four 11+ point leads in one season; that is historically bad (not to mention three were 17+ point leads!). I can write for hours on how awful this coaching staff was, but I digress.
They now have a brand-new Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator, Defensive Coordinator and Special Teams Coach among other changes. And although I’m convinced this is good for the Chargers going forward, it’s not something I want to put my money behind on their first appearance both individually and collectively.
One thing the Chargers have going for them is that their Head Coach was the defensive coordinator for the Rams last year. That means he knows what he’s doing especially against his old team.
Los Angeles Rams
Basically, the Rams are going out there to work out some kinks while the Chargers have just overhauled their entire program.
All the changes at the coaching level in addition to last year’s embarrassing meltdowns means the Chargers have a lot more to straighten out in the preseason; winning the game is certainly not their primary focus (…in the preseason, just to be clear).
And if you do want to put some stock into last year’s performance, look no further than the following DVOA stats – Rams: 15.4%, Chargers: -14.7% (Hint: higher is better), that’s a huge gap. Adding Stafford into the mix at QB should also be an improvement for this Rams team.
More importantly, the Rams defense was their strongest side, ranking 4th in DVOA last year while the Chargers ranked 20th. A strong defense versus a young, inexperienced offense (in terms of both coaches and players) will make points hard to come by for the Chargers.
NFL Betting Trends:
- Chargers are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games.
- Chargers are 5-3 ATS on the road in 2020.
- Rams are 5-3 ATS at home in 2020.
- Rams are 10-8 ATS in 2020 overall.
- The Under is 8-1 in the last 9 LAR games as an underdog.
- The Over is 5-1 in the last 6 LAC road games.
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: Los Angeles Rams +4
Without much hesitation, the Rams are the play in this matchup. The basis of this bet relies on the strong correlation between prior season playoff teams and preseason performance. We fit that strategy here against a non-playoff team and this trend historically becomes even stronger when taking the underdog. The home underdog in general does quite well in the preseason.
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