Super Bowl gambling and San Diego have not been synonymous as the Chargers nearly always fold with the Super Bowl odds well before Super Sunday. The Chargers have again failed to live up to Super Bowl gambling expectations as they were upset at home by the New York Jets 14-17 as 7.5-point favorites with the Super Bowl odds to again let down handicappers and fans with a Super Bowl betting choke job.
Much of the Super Bowl gambling blame must start with head coach Norv Turner. Turner has never taken a team through the Super Bowl gambling playoffs and has a mixed record of success, or lack thereof, in his career.
While San Diego was an improved Super Bowl gambling commodity that finished with 11 consecutive straight up wins heading into the playoffs they came out flat against the Jets and Turner was clearly out coached by his New York counterpart Rex Ryan.
The Chargers entered Super Bowl gambling action with the 4th highest scoring team in pro football but Turner; an offensive “specialist” had no answer for Ryan’s aggressive defense that held San Diego in check throughout the day.
San Diego’s super star quarterback, Philip Rivers, was pressured into 2 interceptions and was out of sync throughout the day. The Chargers Super Bowl gambling weakness was their rushing attack as it ranked only 31st in the league and the Jets took full advantage of that by focusing on Rivers and the passing game.
Everything went wrong for the Chargers in their loss to the Jets and that falls on Turner as they were simply not ready to play. The defense folded late in the game and all pro kicker Nate Kaeding missed 3 field goals. Rivers had the simple Super Bowl gambling truth when he said, “We just didn’t play well enough to win. They outplayed us.”
Those who thought Turner turned around his coaching reputation were again reminded why he has a legion of non believers that won’t put their money on his teams when it counts.