NFL Betting: 2013 San Diego Chargers Preview

San Diego is trying to get a fresh start under new head coach Mike McCoy after deciding to part ways with Norv Turner. The team had middle under Turner, who was 56-40 in five years with the Chargers but could never take them to the next level. This season looks to be more of a rebuilding phase for the Chargers and they need to get better on offense to push that along. However, injuries have bitten them in the offseason.

Best Offseason Move

Getting rid of Turner was the best football betting move San Diego could have made and to be honest, they probably should have done this a year earlier. Everyone knew that it would take a miracle for Turner to keep his job and the team stopped playing for him. They needed some fresh ideas offensively and McCoy, the former offensive coordinator in Denver, will hopefully be able to inject some life into that unit. In particular, Philip Rivers looked a shell of his former self and has thrown 35 picks over the last two seasons. Some think his arm is done, but maybe a shift in philosophy will help. But the Chargers could be starting behind the eight-ball as their two leading receivers from 2012, Malcolm Floyd and Danario Alexander, have knee problems and Alexander, at least, is out for the entire season.

Worst Offseason Move

The Chargers’ linebacking corps took a beating as they are going with a full-on youth movement, allowing Shaun Phillips to go to Denver and releasing Takeo Spikes, who was second on the team in tackles, but he is also 36, going on 37 in December. Phillips is 32, so it isn’t a really bad thing that the Chargers are letting these players go, but they were still effective and you have to wonder what kind of effect that will have on the defense, which had to hold up the heavy end of the bargain while the offense struggled. The Chargers could now be very easy to run on, which keeps the offense off the field.

How They Will Finish In The Division

San Diego is a longshot to win the Super Bowl and not that much better to win the division, so they’re not really worth a darkhorse bet in the AFC West, although all bets are off if Peyton Manning were to get hurt in Denver. With a rookie head coach and a lot of work to do, the Chargers probably won’t make much noise.

Their biggest NFL betting concern this season should be Rivers, and figuring out if he is healthy or simply is on the decline. McCoy, a former NFL quarterback, knows what players go through at that position and he can possibly help Rivers through it. With 10 years under his belt, it could be that Rivers doesn’t have anything left in the tank, and that is fair to assume if you watched him throw deep passes last season. San Diego will have a tough time breaking .500 in 2013.

Prediction: 7-9

Super Bowl Odds: +6000

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