Though betting lines mean little to anyone outside of Las Vegas throwing money on them, they do create quite a talking point.
As reported by ESPN, CG Technologies released the betting lines for every game of the 2017 NFL season. Los Angeles Chargers fans will be disappointed, though perhaps not surprised, to learn that the team is favored in just five games this coming year.
Here’s a look at the opening lines for each of the Chargers’ games.
Week 1: Chargers at Broncos (-4)
Week 2: Dolphins at Chargers (-1)
Week 3: Chiefs (-1.5) at Chargers
Week 4: Eagles at Chargers (-1.5)
Week 5: Chargers at Giants (-7)
Week 6: Chargers at Raiders (-8)
Week 7: Broncos at Chargers (Pick em)
Week 8: Chargers at Patriots (-12.5)
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: Chargers at Jaguars (-3)
Week 11: Bills at Chargers (-2)
Week 12: Chargers at Cowboys (-10)
Week 13: Browns at Chargers (-7)
Week 14: Redskins at Chargers (-1.5)
Week 15: Chargers at Chiefs (-6)
Week 16: Chargers at Jets (Pick em)
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Odds for Week 17 were not released as CG cited variables such as teams resting players in games that didn’t have playoff implications riding on them. Either way, the oddsmakers don’t believe in the Chargers much, do they?
They list the clash with the Denver Broncos in Week 7 as a pick ’em, but aside from that, they have them as an underdog in every other game against an AFC West opponent.
The Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns and Washington Redskins are the teams that the Chargers are favored over. All five of those games happen to be at home, so it’s clear that these oddsmakers don’t feel that this team will travel well.
They are massive underdogs against the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys as well as big underdogs against the New York Giants and Oakland Raiders on the road. They even list them as a three-point underdog against the Jacksonville Jaguars which to me, is highly questionable.
Of course, these lines will change as these games draw closer, but it’s interesting to see where the Chargers stand in the eyes of the folks who set these lines.
Wil the Chargers prove people wrong or is this about right? Let us know in the comments section below.