Los Angeles Chargers at San Francisco 49ers Preseason NFL Picks & Predictions 8/30/2018
Thursday, August 30, 2018
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Levi's Stadium is the venue for the game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday, August 30, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has San Francisco as 3.5 point favorites. The total has been set at 35.5. The 49ers were 9-7-0 against the spread last year and their over/under mark was 8-8-0. The Chargers were 8-7-1 ATS and their over/under record was 4-12-0.
Valuable Los Angeles Chargers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Chargers were 4-12-0 against the over/under last season
The Los Angeles Chargers were 8-7-1 against the spread last year
Important San Francisco 49ers Betting Trends
The San Francisco 49ers were 8-8-0 against the over/under last season
The San Francisco 49ers were 9-7-0 against the spread last year
Key Los Angeles Chargers Injuries
08/26/18 DE Joey Bosa Foot is probable Sunday vs Kansas City
08/19/18 S Jaylen Watkins ACL IR
08/03/18 DT Corey Liuget Foot is out indefinitely
08/03/18 G Forrest Lamp Knee is questionable Sunday vs Kansas City
08/03/18 TE Hunter Henry Knee IR
08/03/18 CB Trevor Williams Ankle is questionable Sunday vs Kansas City
07/27/18 CB Jason Verrett Achilles IR
Key San Francisco 49ers Injuries
08/20/18 RB Joe Williams Ribs is out indefinitely
08/11/18 TE George Kittle Shoulder is upgraded to probable Sunday vs Minnesota
08/11/18 RB Matt Breida Shoulder is upgraded to probable Sunday vs Minnesota
08/10/18 LB Malcolm Smith Hamstring is questionable Sunday vs Minnesota
08/03/18 DL Arik Armstead Hamstring is questionable Sunday vs Minnesota
08/03/18 WR Victor Bolden Jr. Suspension 4- game suspension (elgible to return 10/7 vs Arizona)
07/03/18 LB Reuben Foster Suspension 2-game suspension (eligible to return 9/23 vs Kansas City)
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Los Angeles Chargers ran for 1,595 yards as a unit last year, which ranked 24th in the league. They ran 419 times, averaging 3.8 yards per rush as a unit. The Chargers were penalized on offense 108 times for 927 yards last season, which had them 15th in the NFL in penalties. They were 13th in the National Football League in points scored with 355. They ran 1,020 plays last year for 6,026 yards, which ranked them 4th in the NFL in total offense. The Chargers averaged 5.9 yards per play, which was 4th in the league. As a team they accumulated a total of 337 1st downs last season, ranking them 5th overall as an offensive unit. Philip Rivers completed 360 throws while attempting 575 passes for a completion percentage of 62.6% last year. He passed for 4,515 yards. He averaged 12.5 yards per completion and 7.9 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating last season was 96.
The Chargers rush defense gave up 430 attempts for 2,098 yards last season, putting them in 31st place in the NFL against the run. They had 109 penalties for 996 yards on defense last year. That placed them 26th in the league. They allowed a score on 28.5% of possessions on defense, which was 4th in the NFL. Los Angeles was 3rd in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 272. They gave up a total of 5,254 yards on D, which was 15th in the league. The Chargers were 16th in yards per play allowed with 5.3. Their pass defense allowed 5.6 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 5th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses completed 329 throws on 524 attempts against the Los Angeles Chargers defense last season, ranking them 12th and 7th in the league. The Los Angeles pass defense also surrendered a total of 3,156 yards in the air, which was 3rd overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Los Angeles Chargers tried 30 field goals last season and made 20, which was 26th in the league. Their kickers had a FG percentage of 66.7%. Los Angeles Chargers kickers made 88% of their extra points, going 37 for 42 last season. Their punters accumulated 3,560 yards on 74 punts, averaging 48.1 yards per punt. That ranked them 3rd in the NFL in punting average. Los Angeles was 25th in the NFL in punt returns with 28 last year. They totaled 259 punt return yards and averaged 9.3 yards per return, which was 9th in the league. Their longest punt return last season was 65 yards. They returned 25 kicks for 474 yards on special teams, placing them 30th in kick return yardage. The Chargers averaged 19 yards per kick return and had a long of 44 yards last season. They were 7th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 6,879.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The San Francisco 49ers were 20th in the NFL in points scored with 331 last season. They ran 1,058 plays last year for 5,589 yards, which ranked them 12th in the league in total offense. The 49ers averaged 5.3 yards per play, which was 16th in the National Football League. As a team they accumulated a total of 321 1st downs last year, placing them 11th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground San Francisco ran for 1,664 yards as a team, which ranked 21st in the NFL. They ran 408 times last year, averaging 4.1 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The 49ers were penalized on offense 123 times for 988 yards last season, which had them 4th in the league in penalties. Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 1,560 yards last season. He completed 120 passes on 178 attempts for a completion percentage of 67.4%. His quarterback rating last year was 96.2. He averaged 8.8 yards per pass attempt and 13 yards per completion.
San Francisco was 25th in the league in points allowed on defense with 383 last year. They surrendered a total of 5,625 yards on D, which was 24th in the NFL. The 49ers were ranked 20th in yards per play allowed with 5.3. Their pass defense gave up 6.6 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 26th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses completed 344 passes on 544 attempts against the San Francisco defense last season, placing them 19th and 13th in the National Football League. The San Francisco 49ers pass defense also gave up a total of 3,764 yards through the air, which was 22nd overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense allowed 491 attempts for 1,861 yards last year, putting them in 22nd place in the league against the run. The 49ers committed 97 penalties for 791 yards on the defensive side of the ball last season. That ranked them 1st in the NFL. They gave up a score on 37.8% of possessions on defense, which was 27th in the league.
Special Teams Stats
San Francisco was ranked 17th in the league in punt returns last season with 34. They accumulated 304 punt return yards and averaged 8.9 yards per return, which was 13th in the NFL. Their longest punt return last year was 39 yards. They returned 31 kicks for 570 yards on special teams, ranking 27th in kick return yardage. The 49ers averaged 18.4 yards per kick return and had a long of 34 yards last year. They were 12th in the league in all-purpose yards with 6,773. The San Francisco 49ers attempted 41 field goals last season and made 39, which was 3rd in the National Football League. Their kickers had a field goal percentage of 95.1%. San Francisco kickers made 97% of their extra points, going 28 for 29 last year. Their punters totaled 3,255 yards on 75 punts, averaging 43.4 yards per punt. That placed them 28th in the NFL in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Chargers/49ers NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the 49ers -3.5
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