NFL Week 7 Betting Preview: Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Chargers

Written By FairwayJay on October 23, 2022
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The Seattle Seahawks visit the Los Angeles Chargers at 4:25 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23. Primary markets for the game show the Chargers spread favorites with the Seahawks on the moneyline. Seahawks Chargers odds feature a total set at points, the highest total among NFL Week 7 odds

In this article, we’ll dig into everything you need to know before placing a bet on the game, including team and player matchups, key metrics and stats. Click on the odds anywhere in this post to bet now.

Seahawks Chargers Odds: Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under

When using the Seahawks Chargers odds table, click the dropdown menu and select the type of bet you wish to make. 

Betting the point spread is when you wager on how many points a team will win or lose by in the contest. A plus sign in front of the spread denotes the underdog, and a minus sign denotes the favorite. 

In this case, the Chargers would have to win by at least 7 points if you bet them to cover the point spread (-7), and a Chargers win by 6-points would be a push and bets refunded. Conversely, a spread bet on the Seahawks would need Seattle to either win outright, or lose by 1-5 points (depending on the spread you bet), or tie in overtime.

Betting the moneyline is simply betting on which particular team will win a game.

For more betting guides, click the green NFL Game Previews button at the top of this post.

Seahawks vs Chargers Player Props

In the props tool search bar, type in a team or player and hit enter. You’ll see

the various proposition bets offered by leading online sportsbooks. This is a valuable tool that allows bettors to compare odds and stats when considering a prop bet. Unlike bigger markets like moneylines and spreads that often reach a consensus number, shopping for prop bet lines can often reveal sizable differences in the numbers.

Seahawks vs Chargers Betting News & Angles

Use this rolling, updating list of news bites about each team to help your handicapping for Seahawks Chargers odds. As a non-division underdog of 6 or more points, the Seahawks are on a 6-0 ATS run. 

Raiders Vs. Texans Injury Report

Las Vegas Injuries

Hunter RenfrowWRHipQuestionable
Darren WallerTEHamstringOut
Mack HollinsWRHeelQuestionable

Houston Injuries

Jonathan GreenardFBCalfOut
Brevin JordanTEAnkleQuestionable
Chris MooreWRHipQuestionable

Raiders Offense Vs. Texans Defense

Raiders OffenseStats (Rank)Texans Defense
25.0 (6)Points/Gm19.8 (13)
0.4 (3)Points/Play0.3 (4)
360.6 (10)Yards/Gm414.2 (31)
239.2 (12)Pass Yards/Gm249.4 (22)
121.4 (15)Rush Yards/Gm164.8 (30)
5.8 (9)Yards/Play5.8 (22)
6.5 (14)Yards/Pass6.8 (20)
5.3 (3)Yards/Rush5.1 (28)
40.0% (16)3rd Down %40.8% (20)
47.4% (25)Red Zone %38.9% (4)
5 (2)Turnovers8 (13)
12 (13)Sacks11 (23)

Texans Offense Vs. Raiders Defense

Texans OffenseStats (Rank)Raiders Defense
17.2 (26)Points/Gm26.0 (28)
0.3 (16)Points/Play0.4 (18)
291.2 (30)Yards/Gm359.2 (21)
192.0 (26)Pass Yards/Gm256.0 (23)
99.2 (22)Rush Yards/Gm103.2 (6)
5.0 (23)Yards/Play5.7 (19)
5.8 (27)Yards/Pass7.2 (25)
4.3 (19)Yards/Rush4.0 (5)
29.2% (31)3rd Down %40.0% (17)
60.0% (10)Red Zone %82.4% (32)
5 (2)Turnovers3 (31)
12 (13)Sacks8 (30)

Seahawks at Chargers Betting Insights

Why The Seahawks Can Cover The Spread

The Seahawks (3-3) are in a 3-way time on top of the NFC West. Comeback Player of the Year leader Geno Smith is the No. 2 ranked quarterback in Pro Football Focus’ QB rankings and the Seahawks are converting 44.29% of third downs – fifth best in the league and just ahead of the Chargers 41.76%.  The Chargers are allowing more than 25 points per game and miss DE Joey Bosa (groin, out until Dec) and his strength and pass rush along the defensive line. The Chargers also have a poor run defense allowing a league-worst 5.6 yards per rush and ranking No. 22 in DVOA rush defense at Football Outsiders. Off a MNF defensive tussle with the Broncos, the Chargers may not be as sharp. 

Why The Chargers Can Cover The Spread

Seattle’s defense has forced a punt on a league-worst 24% of opponent drives. A continuation of that will allow Justin Herbert and the Chargers offense to tear through a Seahawks defense that ranks in the bottom third of the league in DVOA rushing (#21) and DVOA passing (#26). Seattle has also allowed 163 points and 27.2 points per game – second worst in the league. The Seahawks secondary is a concern, and Seattle nickelback Coby Bryant was surrendering 2.05 yards per cover snap in the slot (4th-worst) before playing his best game last week against a bottom-tier Cardinals offense.   

Reasons To Bet The Over

The Chargers (5.9) and Seahawks (6.2) defenses both rank near the bottom of the league in yards per play defense. The match-ups, metrix and highest game total and over/under of the week at 51 points suggest both teams can move the football and score.

Reasons To Bet The Under

The Seahawks managed just 296 yards offense at 4.5 yards per play in last week’s 19-9 win over the Cardinals. The defense made adjustments and showed improvement against a weaker Cardinals offense. This week the offense may focus on attacking the Chargers poor run defense and controlling the ball, clock and chains more with the emergence of RB Kenneth Walker III replacing injured Rashaad Penny. The Chargers have a short week of preparation and had just 297 yards at 3.6 yards per play against the Broncos stronger defense Monday night. 

Seahawks at Chargers matchups to watch for

Justin Herbert vs Seahawks Pass Defense

Herbert threw 57 passes without a touchdown in the 19-16 Monday Night Football win over Denver. It was the first time in his 27 game NFL career that Herbert failed to toss a touchdown. He’ll make up for it this week against a Seahawks pass defense that allows 66% pass completions and 7.9 yards per pass – 30th in the league – including a league-worst 8.4 yards per pass the past three contests. Herbert is passing for 286 yards per game, and that’s without his star slot WR Keenan Allen, who could return from a hamstring injury and play for the first time since Week 1. Still, WR Mike Williams has had three games of more than 110 receiving yards, and Herbert has the players and match-ups to have more passing success again.

  • Herbert passing yards: O/U / ()

Austin Ekeler vs Seahawks Defense

The Chargers are the only offense targeting RB’s on more than 30% of pass attempts. The Seahawks are the only defense surrendering more than 8.0 yards per target to running backs. Ekeler has flipped the switch with 391 scrimmage yards and 6 TD’s in the past three games. That includes 173 rushing yards at Cleveland on Oct. 9, and 16 targets and 10 receptions for 47 yards against the Broncos Oct. 17.  

  • Ekeler rushing yards: O/U / ()

Geno Smith vs Chargers Pass Defense

Smith is completing 75% of his passes and 250 yards per game at 8.0 yards per pass with a 9:2 TD-INT ratio. He had his least productive game last week against the Cardinals No. 25 DVOA pass defense with just 197 passing yards and zero TD’s with a season-low 6.4 yards per pass. Still, with protection and the absence of Chargers star DE Joey Bosa, Smith can have success again once they establish the run against the Chargers No. 25 ranked DVOA run defense. Smith will be passing more if the Chargers can’t control the ball, clock and chains, and he has solid pair of receivers in DK Metcalf and Tyler Locket. Also, the Seahawks TE’s have a 26% target share, which is 5th-highest in the league, and the Chargers defense allows 9.2 yards per target to tight ends (3rd-worst).  

  • Smith passing yards: O/U / ()

Final thoughts

The Week 7 lookahead line on this game was Chargers -7.5, and the line has dipped down to -6. These are two ‘over’ teams that have some defensive flaws and injuries impacting results and style of play. The match-ups for the offenses and solid quarterback play on both sides makes a higher-scoring game more likely.

The game is played in a dome on a fast track with little home field crowd advantage. Bet and act accordingly as FanDuel Sportsbook currently has an over/under of 50.5 points, and this number may well rise above the key number of 51 by game day – especially if Chargers WR Keenan Allen is cleared to play.

Best of luck handicapping Seahawks Chargers odds.

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