NFL Predictions Week 1: Chargers vs. Cardinals Opening Betting Odds


Chargers QB Philip Rivers have been a turnover machine in 2011-12, but he seemed reborn under the tutelage of new head coach Mike McCoy and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt last year. Rivers led the NFL with a career-high 69.5 completion percentage while throwing for 4,478 yards and 32 touchdowns. Most critical, he’d only 12 total turnovers after at the least 27 in all the two previous years. The Chargers likewise have a rising star in receiver Keenan Allen. He finished second to Green Bay’s Eddie Lacy for the 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. Allen caught 71 passes for 1,046 yards and eight scores as a third-round pick out of Cal. San Diego was rather quiet this offseason in free agency. The largest contributor likely will be former Colts running back Donald Brown, who will backup Ryan Mathews. The team did lose Whisenhunt, now the pinnacle coach in Tennessee. Let’s take a look at the NFL Predictions Week 1 for this NFL Picks game.

NFL Predictions Week 1Whisenhunt’s previous head coaching stop was with the Cardinals, and he was let it go following Arizona’s 5-11 season in 2012. Bruce Arians replaced Whisenhunt, and he appeared to rejuvenate the career of Carson Palmer. He played all 16 games for initially since 2010 and set a career-high with 4,274 yards passing. Palmer did throw way too many interceptions with 22 but generally improved a lot in the 2nd half the season. He has an excellent receiving duo in Larry Fitzgerald (954 yards, 10 TDs) and Michael Floyd (1,041 yards, five TDs) and a rising star in young running back Andre Ellington (652 yards rushing, 39 catches). The defense was quite good last year, ranking No. 6 as a whole yards and No. 1 contrary to the rush. Arizona is hoping that second-year safety Tyrann Mathieu will be ready for the opener. The former “Honey Badger” was great as a rookie before blowing out his knee in Week 14. Arizona thinks there’s a “chance” he will be ready for Week 1.¬†The Cardinals are 3.5-point favorites with a total of 44.5 on NFL odds.

The teams haven’t played since Week 4 of the 2010 season in San Diego, which the Bolts won easily 41-10. Rivers threw for 241 yards with two touchdowns. Antonio Gates caught both of them, finishing with seven catches for 144 yards. Arizona’s quarterbacks that day were the not-so-terrific duo of Max Hall and Derek Anderson. They managed a complete of 87 passing yards and were sacked nine times. Usually clubs don’t want to face a group it’ll play early in the normal season in the preseason, however the Chargers will host the Cardinals within their final preseason game Aug. 28. Think the coaches will be rather vanilla in that matchup and keep consitently the starters glued to the bench?

NFL Predictions Week 1: Take the Cardinals on NFL odds and the ‘over ‘. the posted total¬†Arizona has covered four straight season openers. The’over’is 4-1 in San Diego’s past five September games.

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