NFL Preseason Week 4 Predictions: San Francisco 49ers vs. San Diego Chargers

San Francisco 49ers vs. San Diego Chargers
Thursday, 8/29/13, 10:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  San Francisco -3
Current Betting Line:  San Diego -1
Opening Total:  39
Current Total:  38.5
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The San Diego Chargers are hoping for better things offensively in 2013

San Francisco has won back-to-back games, including a 34-14 blowout victory over the Minnesota Vikings as three-point home favorites last time out, while going OVER the betting total of 39.  The 49ers are focused on a select number of snaps for any starters that appear in this contest, which is important to consider when looking over the pro football odds page.  Colt McCoy has already been named the team’s backup quarterback, while veteran Seneca Wallace should get an opportunity for an ample amount of action on the field.

The 49ers were quite pleased by the play of former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jon Baldwin, as the third-year pro caught two passes in his first game with a new team.  On the other side of the ball, San Francisco is locked in with Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers as starting cornerbacks, with Nnamdi Asomugha earning the No. 3 spot on the depth chart.

San Diego’s role players have one final chance to shine before the league’s teams have to cut down to a 53-man roster—an important task for a franchise with general manager Tom Telesco and head coach Mike McCoy entering their first regular season together.  The Chargers will be facing another elite defense, as they’ve already matched up with the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears during the 2013 NFL preseason—a factor that can’t be overlooked when making your pro football picks Thursday night.

The Chargers are trying to be more balanced on the offensive end this season, as running back Ryan Mathews seems primed for a big year, which could lessen the pressure on quarterback Philip Rivers in the pocket.  “To me, balance is always the key for us offensively,” stated Chargers tight end Antonio Gates.  Rivers has thrown for a combined 53 touchdowns the past two seasons, but he’s also had his two highest interception totals over the same period of time.  It’s important to watch how quickly he picks up McCoy’s system after being under Norv Turner’s watch the previous six seasons.

Sports bettors will likely back the Chargers in this affair, as they’ve outgained their last two opponents.

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