2005 San Diego Chargers NFL Handicapping Review
By Tom Wilkinson
Coming off of a 4-12 season in 2003 and having drafted a
new quarterback for the future in the 2004 draft, what
transpired for the San Diego Chargers last season was
completely unexpected, even from many experts in the sports
handicapping fraternity. Most online sports betting weblogs
that had any posts regarding the Chargers before the start
of the 2004 season were most uncomplimentary. This did not
seem to be a team that would make the “A” list of any sports
betting playerâ€™s football picks. How soon that would change.
The Chargers were certainly an inviting value in week one as
5-point dogs at Houston, and won the game straight up 27-20.
In their home opener the following week, however, they
seemed to return to form with a 28-34 loss to the Jets. That
was followed by a flat 13-23 loss at Denver to give San
Diego a 1-2 start to the season, with just one cover against
the sports betting odds. Certainly no clues of what was to
follow appeared at this time for even the most detail
oriented amongst the sports handicapping community. San
Diego, incredibly enough, would rip off a run of 11-2
straight up and 13-0 against the sports betting odds as they
rode on the shoulders of the quarterback that they tried to
get rid of before the season, Drew Brees, who became the
quarterback that nobody believed he could be.
The game that convinced many sports betting players that the
Chargers might be a team to be trusted with their football
picks was, ironically enough, in a game that they lost.
After a two game home winning streak San Diego had to play
at improving Atlanta. This is normally the type of game that
the Chargers of the past would fold in, but San Diego lost a
heartbreaker 20-21, easily covering the 4.5-point spread set
by the sports betting odds makers. When they won the
following week as 3-point dogs at defending NFC champion
Carolina, many sports betting players became sold and
re-evaluated the Chargers as a potential team to include
near the top of their list of football picks.
The Chargers finished the regular season 12-4 straight up,
and 13-1-2 against the sports betting odds before hosting
the Jets in the playoffs. San Diego coach Marty
Schottenheimer has a reputation for getting a lot out of his
teams in the regular season only to blow the playoffs and
the Chargers kept Schottenheimer in form, as a they lost
17-20 as 6.5-point chalks due to a missed field goal.
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