The Los Angeles Chargers and the Seattle Seahawks are nicely positioned in the conferences to make a push for the playoffs the rest of the season. This week one team will take one step forward and the other will take one step backward.
This nonconference clash will be one of the more enthralling contests of Week 9 because of how the teams are playing. The Chargers arrive in Coffee Town on a four-game winning streak (2-2 ATS) with a pair of blowouts and two victories by three points.
Seattle dropped their first two games of the year, but made changes in their offensive style of play and have won four of five with the only setback by two points to the 8-0 L.A. Rams.
The NFL odds have Seahawks as a two-point favorite with a total of 48. What the oddsmakers are telling us is the Chargers are the better team since Seattle is a -3 as a home favorite.
CenturyLink Field is well known for the “12th Man”, yet Seattle is only 10-13 ATS as home favorite the last four years. Contrast with the Bolts 25-13-2 ATS mark since 2012 as road underdogs and sharp oddsmakers shave a half point off any home teams edge when the Chargers are away dogs.
For NFL picks, I looking past how the L.A. South’s road success and backing a red hot Seahawks running game that is averaging 173 YPG in their past four games. Against the three-best running offense the Chargers have faced they have allowed 155.6 YPG. This allows Pete Carroll’s crew to control the tempo, keep the defense fresh and Philip Rivers on the sidelines.
— Seahawks PR (@seahawksPR) October 31, 2018
Concerning the total, let’s back the lower score, with the Bolts are 8-0 UNDER after allowing seven points or less in the first half of two straight games and the Hawks 17-5 UNDER after scoring 25 points or more in three straight games.