The NFL preseason is now in full swing as there are six games scheduled on the card for Thursday August 8th. The Seattle Seahawks will open their exhibition campaign on the road as they face the San Diego Chargers. The Seahawks and Chargers get things started in San Diego at 10PM Eastern Time and you can watch all of the action live on the NFL Network. Check the updated NFL odds at Top Bet sportsbook.
The betting odds from this week one preseason contest have the road side Seattle Seahawks the -2 point betting favorite with the over under line come in at 35 ½ points. A money line wager on the Seattle Seahawks will return -120 odds with the take back on the home underdog San Diego Chargers at +100 odds to pull off the upset win with the points no factor in the bet.
Seattle has been money for their preseason supporters under the Pete Carroll run with the team. The Seahawks are 5-0 straight up and against the spread in their past five preseason games. Part of the reason for this success is the fact that Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll creates a competitive environment in the preseason and the club responds on the field from beginning to end. One of the most important factors in handicapping the preseason is looking at the quarterback rotation. Seattle has three quarterbacks that all have experience as starters in the league. Russell Wilson is the team’s starter and figures to see a few series. Those competing for the backup job are seven year veteran Brady Quinn and eight year man Tarvaris Jackson. The team also has good depth in the running back position. Starter Marshawn Lynch will see limited action. Behind Lynch are capable runners in Derrick Coleman out of UCLA, Robert Turbin from Utah St and rookie Texas A&M running back Christine Michael. With a Pete Carroll coached team you will also get good effort from their defensive corp. There has been a lot of change in San Diego as a long term head coach in Norv Turner was let go for first year man Mike McCoy. Chargers starter Phillip Rivers will see limited action. Backup Charlie Whitehurst has not been very effective and behind Whitehurst is seven round draft pick Brad Sorensen a seventh round draft pick out of small college Southern Utah.
With our NFL preseason pick for Thursday Night Football we will play on the Seattle Seahawks -2 points with sportsbook betting.