Chargers vs. Washington: Week 1 NFL Betting Preview – September 12, 2021

Written By Staff on September 12, 2021

The Washington Football Team (0-0) play the Los Angeles Chargers (0-0) in Week 1. The Chargers (+120 moneyline odds to win) will visit the Football Team (-2) on September 12, 2021 at 1:00 PM ET on CBS. Oddsmakers have set the game’s over/under at 45.

Before you place a bet on this game, read this article for the best available odds and everything else you need to know about the matchup — from key metrics and player stats to injuries, weather, and more.

The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of September 12, 2021, 2:13 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Washington Vs. Chargers Betting Odds

Washington Vs. Chargers Player Props

Washington Vs. Chargers Weather

A high temperature of 88 degrees Fahrenheit, with clear sky and 7 mph winds, is the forecast for FedExField on Sunday (as of 2:13 PM on September 12).

Washington Vs. Chargers Injury Report

Washington Injuries

Player Pos. Injury Status
Greg Stroman CB Undisclosed Questionable
Darryl Roberts CB Gameday Inactive Out
Kyle Allen QB Gameday Inactive Out
Saahdiq Charles OL Gameday Inactive Out
Shaka Toney DE Gameday Inactive Out
Sammis Reyes TE Gameday Inactive Out
Dylan Cantrell TE Undisclosed Out
Jalen Jelks DE Undisclosed Out
Darrick Forrest S Hamstring Out
Curtis Samuel WR Groin Out

Los Angeles Injuries

Player Pos. Injury Status
Damon Lloyd LB Undisclosed Out
Ryan Smith CB Core Muscle Out
Austin Ekeler RB Hamstring Probable
Trey Marshall SS Ankle Out
Easton Stick QB Gameday Inactive Out
Amen Ogbongbemiga ILB Gameday Inactive Out
Joshua Kelley RB Gameday Inactive Out
Tre’ McKitty TE Gameday Inactive Out

Washington Offense Vs. Chargers Defense (2020)

Football Team Offense Stats (Rank) Chargers Defense
20.9 (25) Points/Gm 26.6 (23)
0.32 (26) Points/Play 0.43 (25)
317.3 (30) Yards/Gm 343.4 (10)
237.3 (24) Pass Yards/Gm 232.2 (5)
100.7 (26) Rush Yards/Gm 119.8 (18)
4.8 (31) Yards/Play 5.5 (12)
6.3 (29) Yards/Pass 6.8 (7)
4.0 (28) Yards/Rush 4.5 (16)
39.1% (23) 3rd Down % 43.6% (22)
57.4% (20) Red Zone % 58.2% (10)
27 (29) Turnovers 19 (22)
50 (30) Sacks 27 (25)

Chargers Offense Vs. Washington Defense (2020)

Chargers Offense Stats (Rank) Football Team Defense
24.0 (18) Points/Gm 20.6 (4)
0.34 (23) Points/Play 0.33 (4)
382.1 (9) Yards/Gm 304.6 (2)
284.3 (6) Pass Yards/Gm 212.1 (1)
111.5 (18) Rush Yards/Gm 112.8 (13)
5.4 (20) Yards/Play 4.9 (2)
7.3 (17) Yards/Pass 6.4 (2)
3.8 (30) Yards/Rush 4.2 (10)
44.2% (9) 3rd Down % 37.5% (6)
57.1% (21) Red Zone % 53.5% (4)
16 (4) Turnovers 23 (7)
34 (15) Sacks 46 (6)

When Washington Has The Ball (2020)

  • The Chargers’ defense gave up 6.8 yards per pass attempt last year (seventh in NFL). The Football Team’s offense averaged 6.3 yards per pass (29th).
  • Washington had the 30th-ranked offense in the NFL last year in terms of yards per game (317.3), and will be up against a top-10 defense in that category from a season ago, the No. 10 ranked Los Angeles (343.4).
  • The Football Team averaged 4.8 yards per play last season (31st in the NFL), and the Chargers gave up 5.5 per play (12th).
  • Los Angeles allowed 232.2 passing yards per game last year (fifth in the league). Washington picked up 237.3 (24th).

When The Chargers Have The Ball (2020)

  • The Football Team’s defense was 10th on a per-carry basis last year, giving up 4.2 yards per rushing attempt. The Chargers averaged 3.8 yards per carry (30th in NFL).
  • Last season Los Angeles had a 0.34 point-per-play average (23rd in the NFL), while Washington allowed 0.33 per play (fourth in the league a year ago).
  • The 5.4 yards per play the Chargers’ offense averaged last season ranked 20th in the NFL, compared to the 4.9 per play the Football Team’s defense gave up (second).
  • Los Angeles scored on 57.1% of their red-zone trips last season (21st in the NFL), and will be up against Washington’s fourth-ranked defense in that category from a year ago (53.5%).

Washington Betting Trends And Insights

  • Washington put together an 8-7-1 ATS record last year.
  • The Football Team did not cover the spread when favored by 2 points or more last season (in two opportunities).
  • Last season, five of Washington’s games hit the over.
  • Washington and its opponents went over 45 combined points in six of 17 games last season.
  • The Football Team put together a 3-1 record in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite last season (winning 75% of those games).

Chargers Betting Trends And Insights

  • Los Angeles put together a 9-7-0 record against the spread last year.
  • When playing as at least 2-point underdogs last season, the Chargers had an ATS record of 4-1.
  • In Los Angeles’ games last year, the combined scoring went over the point total nine times.
  • Los Angeles played 10 games last season that ended with a combined score over 45 points.
  • Last season, the Chargers won one out of the seven games in which they were the underdog.

Washington Players To Watch

  • Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 2,091 yards last season (130.7 yards per game) while completing 68.5% of his passes (183-of-267), with 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
  • Antonio Gibson took 170 attempts for 795 rushing yards a season ago (49.7 yards per game) while scoring 11 touchdowns. He also caught 36 passes for 247 yards (15.4 receiving yards per game).
  • A year ago, J.D. McKissic ran for 365 yards on 85 carries (22.8 ypg), with one rushing touchdown. McKissic also figured in the passing game, catching 80 passes for 589 yards (36.8 ypg) and two touchdowns.
  • Last season, Terry McLaurin was targeted 134 times and recorded 87 catches for 1,118 yards (69.9 ypg) while scoring four touchdowns.
  • Logan Thomas chipped in with 670 yards on 72 grabs and six touchdowns. He was targeted 110 times and put up 41.9 receiving yards per game last year.
  • Last season, Montez Sweat piled up 9.0 sacks, 14.0 TFL, 62 tackles, and one interception.
  • Jon Bostic collected 175 tackles, 6.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks, and one interception over the course of his last campaign.
  • Last season, Kendall Fuller reeled in four interceptions and added 62 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and 11 passes defended.

Chargers Players To Watch

  • Justin Herbert threw for 4,336 yards while completing 66.6% of his passes (396-of-595), with 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last year (271.0 yards per game). He also carried the ball 55 times for 234 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 14.6 yards per game.
  • Austin Ekeler ran for 530 yards on 116 attempts (53.0 yards per game) while scoring one touchdown a season ago. He also averaged 40.3 receiving yards per game, grabbing 54 passes for 403 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Last year Joshua Kelley ran for 354 yards on 111 carries (22.1 ypg), with two rushing touchdowns.
  • Keenan Allen hauled in 100 passes for 992 yards last season while scoring eight touchdowns. He was targeted 147 times, and averaged 62.0 yards per game.
  • Mike Williams tacked on 756 yards on 48 grabs and five touchdowns. He was targeted 85 times and put up 47.3 receiving yards per game last year.
  • Last season Jalen Guyton caught 28 passes on 55 targets for 511 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 31.9 receiving yards per game.
  • Last season Joey Bosa piled up 7.5 sacks, 14.5 TFL and 49 tackles.
  • Kenneth Murray’s 2020 campaign saw him total 146 tackles, 4.0 TFL, and 1.0 sack.
  • Last season Michael Davis grabbed three interceptions and added 80 tackles, 2.5 TFL, and 14 passes defended.

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