Los Angeles Chargers at Arizona Cardinals Prediction, Odds, Pick 8/11/18

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National Football League: Week 1 Preseason LAC vs. ARI

Los Angeles Chargers at Arizona Cardinals August 11, 2018- 10:00 PM ET University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ

Week 1 of the preseason will wrap on Saturday night as we go out to the desert for a contest between the Los Angeles Chargers and Arizona Cardinals; a matchup at University of Phoenix Stadium that has the following NFL betting odds from our USA Sportsbooks ;

CARDINALS CHARGERS
Moneyline
+120 -140
Spread
+2.5 -2.5
Total
36.5 36.5

The current public NFL consensus is in favor of the Cardinals with a -140.

As the Chargers get set to embark on the 2018 season, they have already been hit with some bad news as tight end Hunter Henry and cornerback Jason Verrett are both already done for the year with injuries. And, while Henry will be missed, the good news is the Chargers are still set with a good offense. On defense, the injury to Verrett will hurt but they may be able to compensate if rookie DB Derwin James out of Florida State can live up to expectations?

Long-time veteran quarterback Philip Rivers will be back under center to lead the offense meaning the backup battle will be between Geno Smith and Cardale Jones; two QBs who had high hopes coming out of college.

After a 9-7 season in their first season back in Los Angeles, what will 2018 entail as they are in a tough AFC West Division with the likes of the Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos?

For the Cardinals, they will open up their campaign under new head coach Steve Wilks, but will have some questions to fill with the starting quarterback. Sam Bradford, Mike Glennon and rookie Josh Rosen are all battling for the right to lead Arizona into 2018.

Arizona also has some holes to fill on the defensive side, but will be banking on Robert Nkemdiche and Chandler Jones to be the mainstays going in.

Finishing at .500 with an 8-8 mark last year, the Cardinals will need a better performance as they sit in the NFC West; a division that features the Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers.

Prediction/Pick

Look for an entertaining game as both teams have plenty players seeking to make an impression this preseason. For sports betting purposes from our best sportsbooks for this LAC vs. ARI matchup, MyBookie is favoring the Cardinals (-2.5) points over Los Angeles with BetNow having the Over/Under at 36.5 total game points scored.

Going against what the NFL consensus favors in this one, I will favor the Bolts PLUS the points (+2.5) to cover the spread as my best betting pick for this NFL match.