The Seattle Seahawks (3-3) make the short trip to Southern California to take on the Los Angeles Chargers (4-2) at SoFi Stadium for a Week 7 interconference clash.
Seattle, which has arguably outperformed expectations thus far following the offseason departure of Russell Wilson, is coming off a Week 6, 19-9 home win over the Cardinals. Meanwhile, Los Angeles recorded a hard-fought 19-16 overtime victory against Wilson and his Denver Broncos Monday night.
Without further ado, let’s jump into our Seattle vs Los Angeles best bets, predictions, and betting tips for Week 7.
Seahawks vs Chargers Odds
Oddsmakers clearly envision the Chargers being able to eventually pull away some from a feisty Seahawks squad. There’s also a certain degree of faith in each team enjoying their fair share of success against the other’s defense, considering the high projected total.
Seahawks vs Chargers Implied Totals
Chargers 29, Seahawks 22.5
Despite getting mostly stymied by an above-average Broncos defense Monday night, oddsmakers clearly see Justin Herbert and his teammates on that side of the ball bouncing back against a Seahawks defense that’s proven vulnerable at times this season.
They also appear to have some faith in Geno Smith and his impressive group of skill-position weapons enjoying a solid degree of success versus an L.A. defense that can be beaten on the ground in particular.
Seahawks vs Chargers Pick of the Day
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Seahawks vs Chargers Prediction
Chargers 28, Seahawks 20
The Seahawks will have a couple of things going for them in this matchup — a one-day rest advantage and an explosive young running back that can potentially exploit a Chargers defense allowing 147.3 rushing yards per game over the last three contests and an NFL-high 5.8 RB yards per carry.
A seemingly improving defense could arguably be added to that list. After a rough start to the season, Seattle played solidly against the Saints outside of getting gashed by some gadget runs on the part of Taysom Hill and then were able to limit the Cardinals to nine points while sacking Kyler Murray on six occasions.
The matchup will be tougher on that front in Week 7, however, as Herbert has been taken down just seven times. Additionally, the Chargers have also run the fourth-most plays per game (69.3) while limiting opponents to the fifth-fewest (59.7).
In turn, the Seahawks have conceded the fifth-most plays per contest (66.5) while running the fourth-fewest (57.2), setting up a scenario where the Bolts are able to run plenty of long drives and limit their exposure to the likes of Kenneth Walker, DKMetcalf, and Tyler Lockett.
When also factoring in Seattle’s share of struggles slowing down the run (189.7 rushing yards per road game allowed) and Austin Ekeler being highly capable of exploiting that vulnerability, this sets up the Chargers with a high likelihood of achieving plenty of offensive balance while holding on to the ball for long stretches.
I’m in the camp of L.A. being able to pull off a cover here and secure a victory of just over a touchdown, with that likelihood even stronger if Keenan Allen is able to finally return from his hamstring injury.
Seahawks vs Chargers Bet Tips
Here are some Seahawks vs Chargers betting trends to consider before placing your bets:
- The Seahawks are 3-3 against the spread, including 1-2 as a road team.
- The Chargers are 4-2 against the spread, including 1-2 as a home team.
- Seattle is 29-24-3 ATS as a road underdog and 27-21-4 against AFC opponents since Pete Carroll‘s arrival in 2010. However, the Seahawks are also just 14-17-1 against the number when playing with a rest advantage over that same span.
- Chargers WR Keenan Allen remained limited at practice Thursday with a hamstring injury and is Questionable.
- Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett (hamstring) did not practice on Thursday and is Questionable.
Seahawks vs Chargers Best Bets
Chargers -6.5 (-106) at FanDuel Sportsbook
Given the Chargers’ offensive firepower and the way they limit opponent plays/time of possession, I see them doing enough to cover a pretty hefty number. The Seahawks will likely make this a bit of a sweat, however, before L.A. likely salts the game away with a late drive.
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Chargers Moneyline and Under 51.5 points (+154) at FanDuel Sportsbook
A good way to hedge against Seattle potentially sneaking Under the number is to still bet on Chargers success via a straight-up win and combining it with the Under to avoid the heavy juice on the moneyline.
The case of a Los Angeles victory has already been established, and considering Seattle’s recent defensive improvement and the Bolts’ ability to limit opponent plays, I can see the number falling just a bit Under the 51.5 total.
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