NFL Preseason Betting: San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers
- Updated: August 23, 2014
NFL Pre-Season Betting at VietBet — Niners Hope They Don’t Stink Up House Again vs. Chargers
The San Francisco 49ers debuted in their new stadium last week, and with all due respect, cleaning crews will probably have to wash the stink out the joint after their 34-0 defeat at the hands of the Denver Broncos. On Sunday afternoon they will try again, as they tackle the San Diego Chargers in NFL pre-season betting action that is set to begin at 4 PM ET at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
The Niners have turned in two efforts that have been absolutely horrid. They lost 23-3 to the Baltimore Ravens in the opener, followed by the shutout loss to Denver. They have been outgained by a margin of 743-417. They have also now gone twenty straight possessions without scoring anything, and they have no touchdowns.
San Diego played extremely well in their opener against Dallas (27-7 win). But they suffered their own humiliation last week, losing convincingly as some expected in Seattle, although the 41-14 final may have been a surprise to some.
In the NFL pre-season betting odds that have been posted at VietBet, the Niners are the solid favorites:
San Francisco 49ers -6
San Diego Chargers +6
Over 42 Points -110
Under 42 Points -110
Coach Jim Harbaugh says that generally he’s been pleased with what backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert has been showing him in drills, despite the fact that the former Jacksonville QB still has that “deer in the headlights” look when inserted into games. Gabbert was eight-of-14 against Denver, but for only 40 yards. Since he was three-for-11 for 20 yards against Baltimore, that means he has thrown for 2.4 yards an attempt. NFL bettors don’t need to be geniuses to understand that to be considerably less than pedestrian.
It is clear that as embarrassed as the Niners may have been in their offensive effort, the Chargers had to be just as disappointed with their defensive performance. The Seahawks (who are the +575 favorite at VietBet to win the Super Bowl) did not have to punt at all in last week’s game, and they pounded the ball down San Diego’s throat, with 243 rushing yards (6.6 per carry) and five touchdowns on the ground.
Reportedly the turf at the new stadium is very loose, to the point where Harbaugh ended practice early on Wednesday. It was a public session, and many of the fans, who may not have been aware of the problems, did not know what to think. You’d figure that with a structure that cost $1.2 billion, there would be something better.
Will they get this field in markedly better shape? And what will that mean, particularly as far as the total in NFL pre-season betting is concerned? Harbaugh did not exactly read his team the riot act after last week’s embarrassment. In fact, he didn’t seem all that concerned. He isn’t playing to win in the pre-season, obviously. he is adamant about the fact that he doesn’t “game plan” for exhibition opponents.
So VietBet customers shouldn’t necessarily expect a team that will be unusually fired-up, and therefore we’d be hesitant to lay this kind of number. Frankly, we’re not sure how long Harbaugh will leave his starters on the field if the conditions don’t change. That might work for both teams. There is also an issue with winds playing tricks with placekicks, and that is yet another factor that leads us toward the “under” in this game.
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CHARLES JAY, a contributor to BangTheBook.com, is one of the most experienced sports betting writers in America, as he has written more than 10,000 pieces specifically for the industry over the last seven years. At one time employed as an editorial consultant with USA Network, he is also a former syndicated radio talk show host (American Radio Networks) and has also done color commentary on boxing events in the past for Prime Network (now known as Fox SportsNet). He is a veteran of more than a decade and a half working within the professional sports industry, and has been handicapping sporting events for over 25 years. In addition to this, he has compiled specialty odds for a number of online sportsbook operations and media outlets.
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