Two of the teams who were most profitable down the stretch of last season clash meet on the late edition of Monday Night Football, when the Arizona Cardinals host the San Diego Chargers.
Arizona was 6-1 ATS to finish last season, while San Diego ended its season 5-1 ATS.
While San Diego’s offseason went smooth, Arizona lost three of its important defensive pieces due to suspension and injury.
The current line has Arizona favored by 3 points on Bovada and topbet. The point total on betonline and sportsbook.com is sitting on 46.
San Diego has covered the spread in each of their past four games on the road, while the UNDER is 9-4 for the past 13 games San Diego has played on grass.
Arizona was No. 1 versus the run last season, giving up only 84 yards per game. In points allowed, the Cardinals were No. 7 at 20.3.
However, Arizona lost Karlos Dansby a linebacker to free agency, Daryl Washington a linebacker to suspension and Darnell Dockett their defensive tackle to a torn ACL.
The trio combined for two touchdowns, six interceptions and 14 sacks. John Abraham a linebacker with 11.5 sacks last season reported to camp late after a DUI charge. At 36, he likely will not repeat his production from last season.
Arizona, especially Carson Palmer the quarterback, did not grasp fully the new offensive system under Bruce Arians the first year head coach last season.
However, when they finally did, the Cardinals averaged over 27 points per game during the past 8 games. Andre Ellington will be featured in the backfield this season, with John Brown a rookie speedster at wide out adding to the threats on offense.
For Monday’s game, the status of Ellington is questionable due to a foot problem. Reports have even suggested he could miss extended playing time, while others have not even ruled him out for the game.
San Diego will look to control the clock. They will look to Danny Woodhead, Ryan Mathews and Donald Brown in the backfield and quarterback Philip Rivers dumping short passes.
Tyrann Mathieu who tore both his LCL and ACL last December for Arizona could play on Monday.
Mike McCoy the head coach for San Diego brought quarterback Rivers out of the dark following two subpar seasons.
Carson Palmer experienced the same thing with Bruce Arians last season and Palmer’s career was revitalized. With the two coaches and quarterbacks relationships so similar and the results being positive for both, the OVER looks good in this matchup.