Cardinals vs Chargers Preview, Prediction, Pick

2016 NFL Preseason Week 2

Arizona Cardinals 0-1 (0-1 ATS) at San Diego Chargers 0-1 (0-1 ATS)

When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, August 19, 2016
Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California
Odds: Cardinals +1, Chargers -1
Total: 40.5

In week one of the NFL preseason the Cardinals failed to cover the spread against the Raiders and the game total went over. The Chargers had a pathetic offensive effort, scoring just 10 points and failing to cover against the Titans.

About Arizona Cardinals

Carson Palmer directed a 73-yard drive for a field goal in his one series before the Oakland Raiders backups dominated their Arizona counterparts in a 31-10 victory in the teams’ preseason opener. Palmer completed 3 of 5 passes for 31 yards.

About San Diego Chargers

DeMarco Murray ran for a 71-yard touchdown and rookie Derrick Henry also scored and the Tennessee Titans’ rushing attack ran over the San Diego Chargers 27-10 in the preseason opener. Philip Rivers played just one series and connected with Melvin Gordon on a 44-yard touchdown. Rivers was 2 of 3 for 64 yards.

2015 Regular Season Stats

The Chargers ranked ninth in total offense (371.8 yards per game), fourth in passing (286.9 ypg), 31st in rushing (84.9 ypg) and 26th in points (24.6).

The Cardinals ranked first in total offense (408.3 ypg), second in passing (288.5 ypg), eighth in rushing (119.8 ypg) and second in points (31.2)

Defensively, the Chargers ranked 20th in total defense (361.9 ypg), 14th in passing (236.6 ypg), 27th in rushing (125.3 ypg) and 21st in points allowed ().

Arizona ranked  fifth in total defense (321.7 ypg),eighth in passing (230.4 ypg), sixth in rushing (91.2 ypg) and seventh in points allowed (19.6).

Cardinals vs Chargers Week 2 Prediction

The first week of the NFL Preseason produced a loss straight up and against the spread for both teams. This week look for both of them to get more offensive production. Both quarterbacks looked good in limited action but the reserves were unable to do anything consistently.  In week two the regulars will be on the field more and this should lead to more offensive output as both Palmer & Rivers get some reps against the other teams second stringers. My only bet in this game is on the over.

Cardinals vs Chargers Pick: Over 40.5