The LA Chargers are heading into a very interesting 2021 season that is hard to gauge. The ceiling of this team is extremely high with Justin Herbert coming off of his rookie season and all of the star power that the Chargers have on the roster.
However, the potential floor can also be fairly low. Brandon Staley is taking over coaching duties and while it is safe to say that almost every Charger fan loves what they are seeing thus far, Staley succeeding as a head coach is not a guarantee.
There have been countless new hires in the NFL that seemed primed to have a very positive impact that simply didn't. I would bet that Staley does have that positive impact but we cannot write it off as a guarantee until he proves it.
That makes the Chargers one of the hardest teams to gauge in the entire league. One thing that Charger fans can take solace in, though.
Vegas believes in Brandon Staley based on the LA Chargers 2021 win total betting line.
WynnBET has set the LA Chargers 2021 win total at 9.5. That means that Vegas is predicting the Chargers to be right around 9-10 wins, with bettors being forced to take the under (predicting the Chargers will go 9-8 or worse) or the over (predicting the Chargers to go 10-7 or better).
Based on the lines, though, Vegas does think it is more likely that the Chargers finish with fewer than nine wins. The odds for taking under 9.5 wins is -130, while the odds for taking the over is +110.
For those that may be unfamiliar, plus odds (anytime you see a plus sign) is considered the underdog, while the other side is the betting favorite.
+110 odds means that for every $100 you bet you would win $110, plus the original $100 you put down. -130 odds means that you would have to bet $130 to win $100, plus the original $130 you put down. That extra $30 you have to bet to win $100 back is considered the "juice" in the betting world.
So anyone that is feeling good about the LA Chargers in 2021 can actually bet on the team to win over nine games and not have to pay any juice. Win totals can be some of the most profitable NFL betting lines to bet on and the Chargers could present a big-money opportunity if it all pans out.