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Super Bowl Betting - Chargers Emerge as Surprise Favorite

Super Bowl betting favorites in the preseason for 2009 did not include the Chargers; and after a 2-3 start to their season the Chargers were an afterthought.

Super Bowl betting expectations have changed dramatically, however, as San Diego is now one of the AFC Super Bowl gambling favorites after 11 straight wins. San Diego enters the post season as a Super Bowl betting chalk based on a final regular season record of 13-3 straight up and 8-7-1 against the spread.

The Chargers were the AFC West Division champions and the number two Super Bowl gambling seed in the AFC.  Everyone knew that the Chargers had a top shelf offense.  What set them apart this year as a favorite with the Super Bowl odds was a vastly improved defense that ranked 11th overall for points allowed.

Defense was considered the Super Bowl betting downfall of the Chargers entering the season but now handicappers believe that San Diego has just enough defense to go with their superb and explosive offense to make them a legitimate contender.  San Diego has one of the best passing attacks in all of Super Bowl betting.

The Chargers ranked 5th overall for total passing yards in the league.  Quarterback Philip Rivers is among the elite at his position and he enters Super Bowl betting post season action with a quarterback rating of 104.4 based on a completion percentage of 65.2 with 4254 yards and a stellar 28/9 touchdown to interception ratio.

The Chargers have one of the best receiving combinations in Super Bowl betting with the duo of Vincent Jackson and Antonio Gates.  Jackson had 1167 yards receiving with 9 touchdowns and Gates had 1157 yards receiving with 8 touchdowns.

One potential Super Bowl betting weakness for the Chargers is their ground attack that ranked 31st in the NFL for yards gained.  In post season action the running game often proves to be pivotal.  Head coach Norv Turner is also a Super Bowl betting question mark.

While San Diego had a great season he has never gone far in the post season during his career.