Football gambling anticipation continues to grow for another late season surge by the San Diego Chargers which has become their NFL gambling trademark under coach Norv Turner.
The San Diego Chargers will host the San Francisco 49ers in a key must win game for both teams despite it being an interconference matchup. The game will be telecast on NFL Network on Thursday night with kickoff set for 8:25 PM ET. Sports Gambling opened with San Diego as an 8 point favorite with a total of 44.5.
San Francisco has a record of 5-8 both straight up and with the football betting odds and a record of 7-5-1 over the total. The 49ers are 1 game behind Seattle and St. Louis in the weak NFC West Division. San Francisco is coming off a 40-21 home payout over Seattle as they are 4-2 straight up in their last 6 games.
Alex Smith came off the bench to start after previously losing his job to Troy Smith and passed for 255 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win over Seattle. San Francisco’s offense has struggled all season and ranks 28th in the NFL for scoring while the defense has improved as the season has progressed and ranks 12th overall.
Frank Gore is still a big part of the offense with 853 yards rushing. The 49ers have paid out in just 2 of 6 road games this season.
San Diego has a record of 7-6 both straight up and with the pro football betting lines while having an even 6-6-1 split on over/unders. The Chargers are coming off a 31-0 home payout over AFC West Division leading Kansas City to close within 1 game of the Chiefs. San Diego has won 5 of their last 6 games both straight up and against the spread.
The Chargers rank 2nd overall in the NFL for total offense and 1st for total defense. Philip Rivers has passed for 3868 yards and has a 103.1 QB rating with a 26/11 TD/INT ratio. San Diego is 5-2 against the spread at home this year.
Neither team can afford a football gambling loss in this one as time is running out. Alex Smith will need to bring his “A” game again for the 49ers to have a shot.