The Chargers, who won the AFC West from 2006 to 2009, were expected to bounce back from a 9-7 2010 season and resume their position atop the division standings in 2011. San Diego did not follow script, though, instead finishing third behind Denver and Oakland with an 8-8 record. After two modest campaigns, some believe the Chargers championship window has closed, and the latest San Diego Chargers 2012 NFL Predictions and Super Bowl Odds are evidence of such. Norv Turner’s club is favored, at -125 odds ($125 to win $100), to win fewer than 9.5 games and it is a second pick to win the AFC West at +165 odds. San Diego is drawing +1300 odds to win the AFC Championship and +3000 odds to bring home the Lombardi Trophy next February.
San Diego has been a notorious slow starter under Norv Turner, but it reversed course last year by winning four of its first five games. The Chargers solid opening to the season had many believing they were on the verge of big things, but the tide quickly turned after a week six bye.
San Diego dropped six in a row coming out of the break, effectively spoiling its shot at regaining the AFC West title. The Chargers did regain a measure of respectability after taking four of their last five games, but the late surge proved too little too late.
Will the Jekyll and Hyde act continue for the team in 2012? According to Cantor Gaming, maybe, but probably not. The Vegas based odds maker, which has released points spreads for weeks one through 16 of the 2012 NFL regular season schedule, fancies San Diego a favorite in 10 games, but three of those contests are lined at 2.5 or fewer points.
San Diego Chargers 2012 NFL Regular Season Schedule and Point Spreads: Provided by Cantor Gaming
Week #1 San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders (Pick’em)
Week #2 Tennessee Titans at San Diego Chargers (-6)
Week #3 Atlanta Falcons at San Diego Chargers (-3.5)
Week #4 San Diego Chargers (-1) at Kansas City Chiefs
Week #5 San Diego Chargers (+4) at New Orleans Saints
Week #6 Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers (-2.5)
Week #7 BYE
Week #8 San Diego Chargers (-3.5) at Cleveland Browns
Week #9 Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers (-5.5)
Week #10 San Diego Chargers (-3) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week #11 San Diego Chargers (+3.5) at Denver Broncos
Week #12 Baltimore Ravens at San Diego Chargers (-1)
Week #13 Cincinnati Bengals at San Diego Chargers (-5.5)
Week #14 San Diego Chargers (+3.5) at Pittsburgh Steelers
Week #15 Carolina Panthers at San Diego Chargers (-5.5)
Week #16 San Diego Chargers (+2.5) at New York Jets
Week #17 Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers (No Line Posted)
San Diego Chargers 2012 NFL Predictions and Super Bowl Odds:
Odds to Win 2013 Super Bowl XLVII +3000 ($100 to win $3000)
Odds to Win 2013 AFC Championship +1300 ($100 to win $1300)
Odds to Win AFC West +165 ($100 to win $165)
Regular Season Win Total: Over 9 wins (-105), Under 9 wins (-125)
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