Free Week 1 Prediction: Chargers vs Football Team NFL Odds
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NFL Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Los Angeles Chargers vs. Washington Football Team (0-0)
Date: Sunday, September 12th
Time: 1:00 PM
Venue: FedEx Field, Landover Maryland
NFL Week 1 ATS Betting Lines: Washington +1
NFL Week 1 Moneyline Odds: Los Angeles -115, Washington -105
NFL Week 1 NFL Betting Total: O/U 44.5
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This is a very intriguing matchup as it involves the first showing of two teams that many sharp bettors are expecting to overperform their Vegas projections. I personally have various futures on both sides.
In 2020, the Washington Football team won the division at 7-9 (yes, that’s correct), and the Los Angeles Chargers also went 7-9 but missed the playoffs.
The matchup that everyone will be most interesting in is LA’s offense against Washington’s defense. Let’s take a look at both sides.
Los Angeles Chargers
We are all waiting to see if Herbert can follow up his outstanding rookie year and prove himself as a true young star QB. There’s also no doubt in my mind that the Chargers are poised to win more games this year than last due to their long list of coaching changes.
According to Football Insiders’ DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average), the team ranked 26th in the league in 2020. This is a measurement of successful plays considering both total yards and yards towards a first down, with extra “points” awarded for big plays.
There is an offensive and defensive component to the stat. The Chargers were 15th in offense and 20th in defense.
Coaching was by far the biggest weak point for LAC last year so there is a good chance they will see improvement in this aspect.
The only issue is while everyone is high on the Chargers, I think they will need some time of true game play to piece everything together and build chemistry between coaches and players.
Washington Football Team
For the Washington Football Team, we are all waiting to see if they can remain dominant on the defensive side of the ball while seeing an improvement on offense with Fitzpatrick under center.
In 2020, Kansas City ranked 16th overall in DVOA (32nd in offensive, 3rd in defensive).
Extremely bad on offense and extremely good on defense.
I think there’s no doubt with regards to the intelligence and experience that Fitzpatrick brings to the offense, not to mention the specific experience he has quickly learning new offensive systems (…this is his 9th NFL team).
Additionally, he has some weapons on offense, primarily in Terry McLaurin who is projected by many to have a huge year in the coming season.
NFL Betting Trends:
- Chargers are 6-1-2 ATS in their last 9 games in Week 1.
- Chargers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Football Team is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog.
- Home team is 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
- The Under is 6-0 in the last 6 LAC games in September.
- The Under is 6-1 in the last 5 WAS home games.
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: Washington +1
Overall, I am high on both of these teams for the 2021 season, but I see solid value on Washington here in Week 1 due to consistency in key coaching positions, a strong defense especially in the trenches and in generating pressure, and the addition of Fitzpatrick.
He can be erratic at times but should provide strong leadership, experience and of course some good old Fitzmagic here and there. I do think the Chargers will have a solid season, but it may take more than one week for them to piece everything together.
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