Indianapolis Colts @ Los Angeles Chargers | Betting Tip (08-09-2019)
Statistical information, performance, best odds and betting tips for Indianapolis Colts vs Los Angeles Chargers for NFL. Analysis with head to head comparison and forecast by football experts.
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Sunday 8th September 2019
Spread: Chargers by 3
Money Line: Chargers -165; Colts +135
*Odds via 888sports.com
Indianapolis Colts – Los Angeles Chargers | Prediction, Odds & Tips
The Los Angeles Chargers have been one of the better, under-performing teams for years. But now that they have a good offence and a good defence can they put a championship season together before Philip Rivers retires?
Great things have been expected of the Indianapolis Colts ever since they drafted Andrew Luck. After developing a running game and defence last season, maybe this season Luck can finally lead the Colts on a deep playoff run.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Los Angeles Chargers Preview
The Colts and Chargers are going to enter the 2019 season on similar paths. Both are teams that are offensively driven but have been held back because of their defensive struggles. But, as of last season, it appears that both have developed a defence capable of winning tough games when it counts the most.
With the two quarterbacks involved in this game, the contest could very well become an offensive battle that will be settled by the defence. It is hard to imagine either defence shutting down the other team’s offence completely. Both have too many weapons and are led by quarterbacks capable of figuring out any defence they face.
So, the winner in this game may very well be whoever gets their offence on track first and who’s defence can come up with a big stop in the fourth quarter. Should make for a fun game to wager on, but before putting any money down, let’s take a closer look at both teams.
Indianapolis Colts News
Under new head coach, Frank Reich, the Colts offence was transformed from an afterthought into one of the best units in the league. Of course, it helped to have a healthy Andrew Luck under center executing Reich’s game plan. It helped even more that the offensive line was able to do a tremendous job of protecting him.
Luck had been sacked an average of 35 times during his four full seasons. Last season, he was sacked just 18 times in 16 games. Of course, it helped that Luck was getting rid of the ball a lot faster and that the team was finally able to develop a decent running game.
But the real secret to their success last year was the sudden emergence of their defence. The unit went from being a crutch in recent seasons to a big part of why the Colts were able to make the playoffs and win the wild-card game.
While they did lose a couple of guys, the unit returns mostly intact with a couple of solid additions— former Chiefs defensive end Justin Houston via free agency and a handful of promising young rookies in the draft. How quickly they assimilate to the NFL game could determine whether the Colts are going to be a wild card team again or a division winner.
Los Angeles Chargers News
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has been one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL for years but has yet to find significant success in the playoffs. But there is hope that he could finally make a deep run into the playoffs and maybe even make the Super Bowl before it becomes too late for him.
His Chargers teams have always been strong on the offensive side of the ball and should be again this season as long as the team gets running back Melvin Gordon into camp. He isn’t the best when it comes to churning out yards in the run game, but he is good enough to keep defences from focusing on the passing game.
Gordon is also a considerable receiving threat out of the backfield and with Tyrell Williams departing via free agency, the team’s third-best receiver. But if Travis Benjamin and Mike Williams can continue to develop, they may not need Gordon as much in the passing game.
The return of tight end Hunter Henry could lead to a reduced role in the passing game for Gordon.
But the key to the success of the Chargers this season isn’t going to be the offence; it will be the defence. If the unit, which lost a few guys in free agency but also picked up a few in free agency and the draft, can remain a top-ten defence, the Chargers will be tough to beat.
Indianapolis Colts vs. Los Angeles Chargers Head-to-Head
The last time the Colts and Chargers played was back during the 2016 season, a Week Three game that saw Andrew Luck throw for 300+ yards and lead the Colts to a 26-22 victory. Over the years, the Colt and Chargers have faced off 29 times with the Chargers winning 18 and the Colts 11.
Los Angeles has won three of the last five and six of the previous 11 games including three of five at home.
Odds and Predictions
Talented, savvy quarterbacks run both offences with good offensive lines and decent running games. But the advantage has to go to Rivers and the Chargers because he has more depth at receiver than the Colts do. While the Colts defence had a great year overall, they tended to feast on lesser teams while being challenged by the better ones.
The Chargers will definitely be one of the better ones they face this season.
It should be a good game but look or the Chargers (-165) to win and to cover the 3.0/3.5 point spread most books are giving. Most books are also offering the same point total (47.5). For two offences of their caliber, that seems kind of low. Take the under.
Our Indianapolis Colts @ Los Angeles Chargers Betting Tip:
Should the Chargers fail to get Melvin Gordon into camp, take the Colts to win this one. Otherwise, taking the Chargers to win is a safe bet.