How To Bet Chargers at Cardinals – NFL Preseason Week 1 Betting Picks

Chargers vs Cardinals Pick & Prediction
  • It’s No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray’s trial by fire in his first game in the NFL. Will he match up or crumble?
  • It’s also Cardinals’ head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s debut at the helm. Will he surprise Arizona fans?

It’ll be a first for Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury with the Cardinals. Arizona hosts the Chargers in their first preseason game, and the spread has the Cardinals as a 3-point chalk. Will the Cardinals cover or can the Chargers beat the spread?

Chargers at Cardinals – NFL Preseason Week 1 Betting Picks

  • When: August 08, 2019, 10:00 PM ET
  • Where: State Farm Stadium
  • NFL Odds: Cardinals -3
  • Over/Under 38

How’s the weather?

  • Humidity: 23%
  • Precipitation %: 0%
  • Cloud Cover: 38%
  • Wind: 9 mph WSW
  • Stadium Type: Retractable

Betting on the Chargers?

This game is a repeat of last season’s preseason opener. However, you might not see many of the starters, some because head coach Anthony Lynn will rest, such as Philip Rivers, others because of other reasons altogether.

Such is the case of running back Melvin Gordon, who’s still holding out because of a contract dispute. The Chargers might not miss Gordon, however as Austin Ekeler is stepping into Gordon’s shoes and should do well.

The Chargers are heading into the preseason having had a very successful campaign last year. Los Angeles went 12-4 last season and seem ready to go with backup Tyrod Taylor set to start in this game. Cardale Jones and fifth-round draft pick Easton Stick should also see some time on the field.

Team Offensive Stats

  • Total Score: 26.61
  • Passing Yards: 253.28
  • Rushing Yards: 110.06
  • Time on Field: 30:22
  • Number of Plays: 59.67
  • Yards per Play: 6.09

Betting on the Cardinals?

There’s a renewed sense of confidence in Arizona now that Kliff Kingsbury is taking the reins. Though Kingsbury has never coached in the NFL, his time as the coach at Texas Tech gives a glimpse into how he’ll run the offense, and it’s something that should suit Kyler Murray, David Johnson, and Christian Kirk.

The Heisman Trophy winner, Kyler Murray, will not likely see much playing time but at least it should help him get mentally ready for the grueling regular season.

Team Offensive Stats

  • Total Score: 14.06
  • Passing Yards: 157.69
  • Rushing Yards: 83.94
  • Time on Field: 26:33
  • Number of Plays: 56.38
  • Yards per Play: 4.29

Chargers vs. Cardinals Betting Trends

  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of LA Chargers' last 12 games.
  • LA Chargers are 12-3 SU in their last 15 games.
  • LA Chargers are 8-1-1 ATS in their last ten games against Arizona.
  • Arizona is 2-5 ATS in their last seven games.
  • Arizona is 1-7 SU in their last eight games.
  • Arizona is 1-8 SU in their last nine games at home.

Insider Prediction: If Murray gets the bulk of playtime, it's likely you’ll also see other draft picks taking the field. The sharp money is on Arizona at -160, and at -3 the ATS bet on the Cardinals is the way to go.

Pick: Cardinals -3