Seahawks vs. Chargers Betting: Will Herbert and Ekeler have a field day against Seattle’s porous defense?
After their overtime win over the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football, Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers will be going up against one of the worst defenses in the NFL in their Week 7 matchup with the Seattle Seahawks.
In Monday’s 19-16 win over the Broncos, Herbert failed to throw a touchdown passes in a game for just the second time in 38 career NFL games. In the process, he set an NFL record and burned many bettors.
But he is unlikely to be shut out two weeks in a row, as Seattle’s defensive numbers don’t look stellar despite shutting down the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday to even up their record.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Chargers Matchup Information and Betting Odds
- Matchup: Seattle Seahawks (3-3, 1-2 away, 3rd in the NFC West) vs. Los Angeles Chargers (4-2, 2-1 home, 2nd in the AFC West)
- Venue & Location: SoFi Stadium (Inglewood, California)
- Date: Sunday, October 23, 2022
- Game Time: 4:25 p.m. Eastern Time (1:25 p.m. local time)
- How to Watch Seahawks vs. Chargers: FOX
Seahawks vs. Chargers Odds
- Seattle Seahawks +5 (-110)
- Los Angeles Chargers -5 (-110)
- Over 50 (-110)
- Under 50 (-110)
- Seattle Seahawks +190
- Los Angeles Chargers -230
Seahawks vs. Chargers Gameday Odds
Game odds are via BetOnline as of Sunday, October 23 at 11:40 a.m. Eastern.
- Seattle Seahawks +4.5 (-106)
- Los Angeles Chargers -4.5 (-114)
- Over 50.5 (-110)
- Under 50.5 (-110)
- Seattle Seahawks +176
- Los Angeles Chargers -210
Seattle Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Chargers Prediction and Best Bets
Seahawks vs. Chargers Prediction: Chargers to win
Seahawks vs. Chargers Best Bets: Chargers team total over (Best Value: over 27.5 @ -110 at BetOnline & Bovada Sportsbook) & Seahawks/Chargers over (Best Value: over 50 @ -110 at BetOnline, Bovada Sportsbook & BetUS)
Expect Herbert to Air It Out with Success
In their 19-9 win over the Cardinals in Week 6, the Seahawks did not allow an offensive touchdown, sacked Kyler Murray six times, and limited Arizona to just 315 total yards.
It was certainly an impressive performance against a struggling team, but I don’t expect to see a repeat of it against the Chargers.
Even after limiting Murray to just six yards per attempt, the Seahawks rank 30th in the NFL in yards allowed per attempt (8.3). They also rank 22nd in completion percentage, with opposing QBs completing 66.5 percent of their passes against Seattle.
When they are going up against one of the best quarterbacks in the league, those numbers are certainly far from ideal.
This matchup offers up the chance for Herbert to get back to his best after a couple of so-so weeks.
Against the Browns, he threw for only 228 yards and averaged just 6.7 yards per attempt. And against the Broncos, he threw for just 238 yards and averaged only 4.2 yards per attempt.
For the season, Herbert is averaging just 6.7 yards per attempt, after averaging 7.3 and 7.5 in his first two seasons.
A Big Day Likely for Ekeler?
It should also be a productive week for Chargers RB Austin Ekeler, who is still searching for some consistency.
The Seahawks are next-to-last in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game (165.8), 28th in yards allowed per carry (5.1), and tied for 29th in rushing touchdowns allowed (nine).
Ekeler had 173 rushing yards and two total touchdowns in their Week 5 win over the Cleveland Browns, but he managed only 36 rushing yards on 14 carries against Denver, though he did score his team’s only touchdown.
After tallying at least 100 combined rushing & receiving yards eight times last season, he has done so only once this season. And he has been held under three yards per carry four times, which happened only three times in 26 games across 2020 and 2021.
Ekeler is going to get plenty to touches against the Seahawks–he had 24 against Denver and 20 against Cleveland the week prior–so if he is making the most out of those touches, he will put up some big numbers on Sunday.
He has at least four catches in every game this season, and all six of his touchdowns this season have come in the past three games, with multi-touchdown games against the Texans and Browns.
Player props are not widely available yet, but at Bovada Sportsbook, Ekeler is +285 to score 2+ touchdowns. That is excellent value in this spot.
Will the Chargers Roll at Home?
The Seahawks have lost by double digits only once this season, a 27-7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2.
And on the other side, the Chargers have won by double digits only once thus far, their 34-24 win over Houston in Week 4.
I like the Chargers to put up a lot of points in this one, which is why I am backing the over for their team total. The Seahawks have allowed 27, 45, and 39 points in their three road games, and I feel confident that the Chargers will hit the 30-point mark for the third time in four games.
But with how competitive the Seahawks have been overall and Brandon Staley’s occasional decision-making in mind, there’s a good chance this one ends up more of a contest than it perhaps should be. At the same time, it could easily end up being a rout.
So, while I do expect the Chargers to move to 5-2 on Sunday, I recommend focusing more on the totals and props in this one, as there will be numerous excellent options at your disposal.
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