NFL football betting handicappers will have their choice of the established favorite and power of the AFC West with San Diego or a potential pro football betting upstart with KC.
Kickoff is set for 10:20 PM Eastern and Sports-Gambling.com opened with the San Diego Chargers as a 4.5-point road favorite and with an over/under of 44.5.
While the San Diego Chargers are the 2-time defending champions of the AFC West and the favorite to repeat yet again in 2010 they enter the season after a tumultuous training camp that featured key hold outs.
Linebacker Shawne Merriman finally signed late in camp but pro bowl left tackle Marcus McNeil and pro bowl wideout Vincent Jackson did not. San Diego picked up Michael Clayton from Dallas to fill Jackson’s slot. While the Chargers are still a playoff contender those are key losses for a team dreaming of a Super Bowl.
Head coach Norv Turner is yet another key concern as while he has won at San Diego the team has dropped off from the Marty Schottenheimer days and has been inconsistent for most of Turner’s 3 previous seasons. Last year’s home playoff debacle against the Jets was a vivid reminder as to why many handicappers doubt Turner’s coaching ability in the long term.
The Chargers have lost just 10 out of their last 38 games with the NFL betting odds in AFC West Division action and have covered 5 out of their last 6 games on the road. San Diego has gone over the total in 9 out of their last 10 September games.
The Chiefs have high hopes of improving on last year’s 4-12 season. QB Matt Cassel showed improvement in training camp after a rough opening season as starter last year. Charlie Weiss has arrived to coordinate the offense while Romeo Crennel will run the defense.
KC ranked at the bottom of all key categories last year so improvement is likely. Kansas City has covered just 7 out of their last 26 home games with the NFL betting lines and has gone under the total in just 5 out of their last 22 home games.