There's not much to choose between the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Chargers when it comes to their lengthy history of opposing each other on the football field. Even though the Seahawks didn't join the NFL until 1976 as an expansion team, these two teams have clashed 50 times in regular-season play, a series that grew rapidly due to their status as AFC West Division rivals from 1977-2001. In those 50 games, the Seahawks hold a 26-24 edge in the won-loss category and a 1049-1042 edge on the scoreboard.
That's incredible, a difference of a converted touchdown in all-time scoring after 50 games. It doesn't get much closer than that. In the preseason, the series unfolds in a much different manner. The Seahawks have proven a dominant force, winning 11 of 15 exhibition games against the Chargers. The Seahawks have won six in a row in the series, including a resounding 48-17 rout in their first visit to the Chargers' new home in Los Angeles during the 2017 preseason. Seattle is 4-1-1 against the spread in the last six meetings.
The Big Score - Not only do the Seahawks dominant the Chargers in the win column during the preseason, they've also been able to run up some pretty hefty numbers on the scoreboard. In two of Seattle's last three preseason victories over the Chargers, they've topped 40 points. The Seahawks have been held under 20 points by the Chargers in just two of their last nine preseason meetings. The average margin of victory in Seattle's preseason triumphs over the Chargers is 11.6 points per game.
In regular-season play, the total has gone over in five of the last seven Seahawks-Chargers games when Seattle is the road team. But if you take the calculations from an overall point of view, the total has gone under in 11 of the past 15 meetings between the Seahawks and Chargers. Seattle is 5-2 straight up in its last seven regular-season road games against the Chargers. The Seahawks haven't dropped a road preseason game to the Chargers since 2008.
What The Future Holds - Both the Seahawks and Chargers finished up the 2017 NFL season with identical 9-7 records, and each team came up one win shy of participating in postseason play. Will there be playoffs in 2018 for either of these teams? Bovada likes the chances of the Chargers, listing them at odds of minus -160 to be participants in the postseason this season. The odds on the Chargers missing the playoffs for the fourth straight season are +130.
The Seahawks missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 2011, but Bovada appears to view this scenario as a developing trend. They've got the Seahawks at odds of +235 to make the playoffs and -295 to be playoff outsiders again, something that hasn't happened in Seattle in successive seasons since 2008-09. At +400, the Seahawks are Bovada's third choice to win the NFC West title this season. Bovada likes the Chargers plenty to win the AFC West, citing them as the chalk at +165.
Is There An MVP In The House? - Bovada may be down on the Seahawks as a team, but they seem to be much more bullish on Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. He's pegged at odds of +2000 to win the 2018 NFL MVP in the Bovada future book on the award, placing him behind just six other players according to their oddsmakers. Wilson is 64-27-1 as Seattle's starting QB, leaving him trailing just Jim Zorn (74) and Matt Hasselbeck (73) in career wins by a Seahawks signal caller. Wilson is 8-4 in the postseason.
A little behind Wilson, you will find Chargers QB Philip Rivers. Rivers is given odds of +2500 to win the NFL's MVP award, which ranks him ahead of such contenders as Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger (+2800), Detroit's Matthew Stafford (+3300) and Dak Prescott of Dallas (+3300). Rivers ranks sixth all-time among NFL touchdown pass leaders with 342 scoring aerials in his career. A seven-time Pro Bowl selection, Rivers led the Chargers to the AFC Championship Game in 2007.
It Could Happen - The Seahawks have played in two of the past five Super Bowls. The Chargers also once reached the Super Bowl. Who's to say it won't happen again this season? MyBookie offers an intriguing prop bet where you can wager on any possible Super Bowl LIII matchup. A Seahawks-Chargers game is being offered at odds of +18000. Straight up, MyBookie has the Chargers as a +2800 betting choice to win Super Bowl LIII, and curiously, those are the same odds they are offering for a Seahawks win in the big game.
Prop It Up - Over at BetOnline, you can go hog wild with wagering opportunities on NFL player performance prop bets on the 2018 regular season. For starters, Rivers is assigned 26.5 as his TD pass total for 2018. The over play is -125 and the under is -105. His interception total is put at 15.5. Over here is set at -120 and the under gets you odds of -110. Finally, Rivers is expected to pass for 4300 yards. Play the over or under and it's -115 either way. Last season, Rivers threw for 28 TDs and 4515 yards and was picked off 10 times.
Prop performance wagers available on Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen include his receiving yardage output for the season. It's tabbed at 1300 yards. Play the over at -120 or bet the under at -110. Allen's total TD pass receptions are fixed at 6.5. Again, the over is -120 and the under -110. Allen went for 1393 yards and six TDs in 2017.
Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is granted a total of 1050 rushing yards this season, and no matter which way you play it - over or under - the odds are -115. Gordon's rushing TD total is set at 10.5 Go over at odds of -125, or play the under for -105. For reference purposes, Gordon rushed for 1105 yards and eight TDs in 2017.
Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin is assigned 1100 yards as his total for 2018. It's -120 for an over play and -110 to go with the under. Baldwin's TD totals are estimated at 7.5. The over is -125 and the under -105. Last season, Baldwin caught eight TD passes and gained 991 yards.
Wilson is given 3850 as his passing yardage total for 2018. Over or under gets you odds of -115. His TD pass total is 25.5. Over goes at -125 and under at -105. Wilson's interception total is pegged at 9.5 The over on this wager is -120, while the under is -110. In 2017, Wilson passed for 3893 yards, 34 TDs and was intercepted 11 times.