NFL odds players are getting used to the slow starts of the San Diego Chargers while the Miami Dolphins may be coming back down to earth after a surprise 2008 football gambling season. NFL odds makers opened for this matchup with the Chargers as a 6.5-point favorite with a football gambling total of 42.
The Miami Dolphins are 0-2 both straight up and against the NFL odds. Last Monday Night the Dolphins suffered a tough 23-27 home loss to the Indianapolis Colts as 3-point dogs. The Colts beat the NFL odds on a 48 yard touchdown pass with 3:29 remaining in the game.
The Miami ground attack had 239 yards led by Ronnie Brown, who had 136 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Dolphins rank 3rd overall against the NFL odds for rushing yards but just 27th overall for points scored.
Chad Pennington has looked far too ordinary at quarterback with a rating of 75.9 along with just 1 touchdown pass and 2 interceptions. The San Diego Chargers scored a 26-31 home loss to the Baltimore Ravens as 1-point home favorites against the NFL odds.
The Chargers are led by quarterback Philip Rivers who is considered to be one of the best in the league. Rivers has not played up to his previous level so far this year, however, as his quarterback rating is only 84.8 and he has a 3/3 touchdown to interception ratio.
The Chargers rank 8th overall against the NFL odds for points scored but just 25th overall for points allowed. San Diego is 1-1 straight up and 0-2 against the spread with both games having gone over the total.
Miami has beaten the NFL odds in 6 out of their last 8 road games but has covered just 1 out of their last 12 games in the month of September. San Diego has covered 12 out of their last 17 games at home and is 19-9 against the spread in their last 28 games vs. the AFC.
With a 0-2 start the Dolphins would figure to go all out in this one and San Diego has certainly not been a consistent team under head coach Norv Turner but is always a threat to cover with Rivers.