The LA Chargers host the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7 and the matchup is much tougher than what was forecasted before the season. Seattle was expected to be one of the worst teams in the league but as it turns out, Geno Smith has been better than Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are one of the most explosive offenses teams in the league.
It is not like the Seahawks are an extremely daunting opponent all of a sudden but their 3-3 record does have to be respected. Granted, the three teams that the Seahawks have beaten have all had two wins or fewer, but a 3-3 record is still respectable.
This is an interesting game for the Bolts, who not only have back-to-back home games for the first time this season but also play Russell Wilson and his former team in back-to-back weeks. This will be another litmus test for the Geno Smith vs. Russell Wilson debate.
Chargers vs Seahawks odds Week 7:
All odds are courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook and are subject to change after publication.
The Chargers are favorites for the fifth week in a row and the sixth time in seven games this season. Vegas has the Chargers as 6.5-point favorites at home against Seattle, making them a -280 money-line favorite. The Seahawks are a +230 money-line underdog.
Vegas expects this to be a high-scoring game as the over/under has been set at 51.5 points. There is slightly more juice on the under, coming in at -115 odds.
Chargers vs Seahawks prediction Week 7:
I hate being the Chargers writer that picks against the Chargers but I did it last week and it paid off. Just like last week, I think the Chargers are going to outright win this game against the Seahawks but are not going to do so by seven or more points.
There are a few reasons for this. First, the Chargers are going to be without serious weapons in the passing game. Josh Palmer and Donald Parham are in concussion protocol and Keenan Allen may not return after all.
That is naturally going to hinder the offense, especially considering the Bolts will also be without Joshua Kelley and are playing with Trey Pipkins at 70% health. It is going to be a lot of Austin Ekeler and Mike Williams in this game and that is fine, but it is much easier to scheme against.
As promising as Seattle's offense looks on the advanced analytics, I don't think they are going to be able to score enough to beat the Chargers. They will keep it close, but it will be a similar slog to the Monday Night Football game against Denver, with slightly more points.
After all, Seattle has scored 23 or fewer points in four of its six games. It will be close both on the spread and over/under (as it usually is with Vegas setting these lines) but I am taking Seahawks +6.5 and under 51.5 points with a final score prediction of Chargers 26, Seahawks 20.