SAN DIEGO CHARGER PREVIEW
The San Diego Chargers were the tale of two seasons in 2008. They sucked in the first half of the year and rallied to win the AFC West on the final week of the season last year. So the question is which San Diego team shows up the first half team or the second half team in 2009?
I strongly feel we will see the second half team and here is why. Last year the Chargers started the season with turmoil they had injuries especially to the defense and they had a star running back in LaDainian Tomlinson who wasn't exactly happy coming into the season. Team mates questioned his toughness management hadn't made a contract commitment to him. There was a lot of negative vibes coming out of San Diego to start the season.
This year you don't have that as you have a team who made a fantastic season ending run who comes into 2009 healthy and happy. Rivers enters the year as healthy as he has been in his career. Gates and Merriman are heathy and Merriman was sorely missed on defense last year.
San Diego should run away with the AFC West this year because really who else is there? The Oakland Raiders were bad and still are bad. Kansas City is the only other team in division that should improve but are still a year or two away from contending. That leaves the only other team that presented a problem for San Diego and that's the Denver Broncos who traded away their star QB Jay Cutler for Kyle Orton who Chicago gave up on. Granted the change of scenery may help Orton out but new QB, new head coach and you really can't expect too much from Denver thus handing the AFC Crown over to the Chargers on a silver platter.
From a Betting stand point I see tremendous value in Betting San Diego OVER 10 WINS for the season. The Chargers should rip right thru their division this year going 5-1 at worse leaving them having to go 5-5 to push the Bet and 6-4 to win the Bet. Going .500 with their out of division schedule shouldn't be a problem with games against Cleveland, Cincinnati, Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Miami and Dallas. I think the Over 10 is a Solid Investment and I have already made this wager here in Las Vegas.