Best Chargers Betting Lines 2023
The Chargers were certainly a work in progress last season. 2021 was the first year with head coach Brandon Staley at the helm and just year two for superstar quarterback Justin Herbert. Expectations were high given Herbert’s rookie breakout and Staley’s elite Rams defense.
They certainly started out hot, winning four of their first five games, including one against division rival Kansas City in Arrowhead Stadium. However, things quickly took a turn after their 34-6 loss to Baltimore. The Chargers lost 7-of-12 games after their early hot streak and were brutally eliminated from playoff contention in a Week 18 overtime thriller against the Las Vegas Raiders.
While it would be apt to describe their season as disappointing, the Chargers are far from finished. On the contrary, their real story may just begin this season. This offseason was not flashy for their offense by any means, but they made important moves retaining wide receiver Mike Williams, drafting Zion Johnson, a road-grading interior lineman, and picking up a talented but underutilized tight end in Gerald Everett.
On the defensive side of the ball is where the Chargers shined this offseason. They traded picks for elite pass rusher Khalil Mack, who has been mired in Chicago’s mediocrity these past few seasons. Mack could bounce back in a big way this year at full health playing opposite Joey Bosa. On top of Mack, one of 2021’s top cornerbacks J.C. Jackson will be playing alongside Derwin James in a revamped, young secondary.
Health has often been the bugaboo for the Chargers since Philip Rivers‘ early days and that may be the only thing in their way from multiple Super Bowl appearances moving forward. Not to mention a tough division that just added Russell Wilson.
Note: These Chargers futures bet odds are current as of Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. and courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook. You can find more odds at these US betting sites. But be careful, as many of these NFL futures odds might shift as we get closer to the 2022 NFL season.
Chargers Futures Betting Odds
- Win Total: Over 10 (-150) / Under 10 (+130)
- Make Playoffs: Yes (-170) / No (+143)
- Win AFC West (+220)
- Win AFC Championship (+800)
- Win Super Bowl 57 (+1400)
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Chargers Super Bowl 57 Odds
Chargers to Win Super Bowl (+1400)
The Chargers have the sixth-best odds to win the Super Bowl, right behind the Packers and in front of the division rival Broncos. While they certainly have the talent to make it and win, it is not ideal to bet on a team that has as many obstacles as they do, not only within the conference, but also in the division.
Chargers AFC Championship Odds
Chargers to Win AFC Championship (+800)
Los Angeles has the third-best odds in the conference behind Buffalo and Kansas City, both of whom have either been there or have better quarterbacks on the roster. The Bills at least have some playoff hurt, while the Chargers didn’t even make the postseason last year.
This is not a bet you want to make at this point.
Chargers AFC West Winner Odds
Chargers to Win AFC West Championship (+220)
While Keenan Allen and Williams are very talented wide receivers, the offense still lacks that true top-end speed to attack every quadrant of the field. The Chargers rely too heavily on 50/50 balls to Williams as their primary source of deep offense and that puts pressure on the short-to-intermediate field for Austin Ekeler and Allen.
Arguably two of the AFC’s top three teams are in the AFC West. The Broncos will also be in contention and the Raiders are no joke as well, despite their track record over the past two decades. The Chargers can win the AFC West, but at these odds, it’s not a bet to make given that they still have a fatal flaw on offense.
Chargers Make Playoffs Odds
Chargers to Miss Playoffs (+143)
There are just too many potentially tough matchups to assume the Chargers can make the playoffs this year. Especially at their odds, which don’t add much incentive to bet on this one.
Most of all, the Chargers will be competing with the Bills, Chiefs, Broncos, Bengals, Ravens, Raiders, Patriots, and Dolphins for one of the seven playoff spots. All of these teams have improved to one degree or another or are more proven with better quarterback play.
Chargers Win Total Bets 2023
Chargers: OVER 10 Wins (-150)
This bet is much more favorable. 10 wins now is not like 10 wins a few years ago thanks to the additional game. Yes, the Chargers schedule is potentially tough but they managed to win 10 games last year and are significantly better, specifically on the defensive end.
They ranked 26th in DVOA despite being helmed by a “defensive savant" and now have far more premier pieces across that end.
The first half of the schedule is also much more favorable than the second half so the Chargers can at least set a floor of wins early to take the pressure off somewhat. They face the Jaguars, Falcons, Texans, and Seahawks in this span, which could give them some confidence moving forward.
Chargers Prop Bets 2023
Khalil Mack to Win Comeback Player of the Year (+2500)
Offenses will have to pick their poison between Mack and Bosa. Mack only played in seven games last year and hasn’t racked up double-digit sacks since 2018, which was his most recent All-Pro season. Given his age, and how much more dominant Bosa has been in recent years, Mack could be the beneficiary on this defense as long as he stays healthy.
There’s a chance he could even crack 15 sacks for the second time in his career given that this is the first season ever that he is not the best pass-rusher on his team.
How to Bet Chargers Moneylines
With Los Angeles expected to take another step forward in 2022, it’s likely that betting Chargers moneylines could be an attractive option. These are the simplest form of NFL bets, as you just are backing one team to win a specific game.
Since not all matchups are created equal, the odds for NFL moneylines will be different based each team’s probability of winning or losing that game. The Chargers will likely be favored in the majority of their games this season, so you will have to wager a bit more to turn a profit.
For example, if the Chargers are (-200) favorites at home against the Raiders, you would have to bet $20 to turn a $10 profit. Still, that is a safer option than betting Chargers spreads.
- 2021 Chargers Moneyline Record: 9-8
How to Bet Chargers Spreads
Against the spread betting is the most common way to wager on NFL games, as it presents two evenly priced options, which accounts for any talent differences between the two teams. The spread is essentially the margin of victory expected when one team plays another.
So to work off the example above, let’s say the Chargers are solid home favorites against Raiders. The spread for that matchup might look something like this: Chargers -6 (-110) vs Raiders +6 (-110).
In this scenario, the Chargers would have to win by more than six points to cover the spread and cash your bet. If they were to win by exactly six points, your bet would be graded out as a push and you would get your money back. If Los Angeles fails to win by six points or more, your bet would lose.
Covering the spread as a favorite is tougher burden to overcome, as you have to win by a certain amount of points. Last year, Los Angeles was favored in 11 games and covered the spread in just four of them (36.4%). Keep that in mind when betting Chargers spreads this year.
- 2021 Chargers Against the Spread Record: 8-9
How to Bet Chargers Over/Unders
You can also wager on Chargers games is by betting on the total number of points scored in a particular contest.
Sportsbooks set totals each week, which represent the combined number of points they expect both teams to score. Then, bettors can wager on either the Over or the Under.
In 2021, the Chargers were an Over team as they scored a lot of points but had trouble stopping opposing offenses, especially on the ground. The defense could be improved this season, but Los Angeles will likely still end up in some shootouts against other top offenses.
- 2021 Chargers Over/Under Record: 10-7