Found August 17, 2012 on Obsessed With Sports:

Every season RDM obsesses on the NFL team win total over/unders. It’s one of the more fun bets in all of sports. A single well-placed bet turns an otherwise random team into a must see weekly event. Today we look at the 2012 San Diego Chargers.

The number: 9

Last year, the Chargers defense regressed quite a bit. The defense ended up ranked 22nd in points allowed. It seems like San Diego will need an arena-ball-like offense to compete in 2012. The thing is — that’s entirely possible in today’s NFL.

The wide receiving core is likely to be enough for Phillip Rivers. However, the running back situation is already dicey. Ryan Mathews is hurt. Shocking. That means it could be Ronnie Brown getting the bulk of the carries. Who know what that means, in regards to productivity.

If we expect the defense to remain middle of the pack at best, then the Chargers could struggle a bit. The defense is a bit of a wild card. However, it’s the AFC West that is the true crap shoot.

But the division was a joke last year. The Chargers still managed to lose 6 games in a row from late October through November. If you are soft, you are soft. And that’s San Diego.

The pick: under 9 wins
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Chargers' Brown suspended 4 games

San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Garrett Brown has been suspended without pay for the team's first four games of the 2012 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances, the NFL announced Thursday. Brown is eligible to return to the Chargers' active roster on October 1, following the September 30 game against the Kansas City Chiefs....

Running back injuries shake up fantasy drafts

Ryan Mathews aims to look tough in this Twitter photo as he flexes his bicep and flashes his arm tattoo, but he got injured again in the first preseason game for the San Diego Chargers, shaking things up in the top 5 in many drafts. Fantasy guru Evan Silva addresses this in one of his ongoing drafts where Mathews was the overall #2 pick before news broke of his injury. Now you grab...

San Diego Chargers Potential Breakout Player of 2012: Cam Thomas

The great thing about the NFL is that there are so many positions that every year, there is almost always at least one player who has a breakout year on every team, no matter how good or bad the team is. This is one part in a 32 part segment detailing one potential breakout player for the 2012 NFL season on each NFL team. For the San Diego Chargers, that player is defensive tackle...

Vincent Brown Carted Off The Field

Chargers wide receiver Vincent Brown was carted off the field with a left ankle injury in the team's preseason game Saturday.Fantasy Spin:According to Tom Krasovic of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Brown has been the most impressive Chargers receiver in this month's practices and games, but the injury had the look of a fracture.

Ryan Mathews says he’ll be ready for week one

AP Photo According to ProFootballTalk.com, San Diego Chargers running back Ryan Mathews told XTRA Sports 1560 that he has “no doubt” that he’ll be ready for their season opener against the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football. Earlier today we mentioned that there’s some belief that Mathews won’t be back until October, because of how long it takes for a clavicle to...

Avoid San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews in Fantasy Football

Heading into this season, many pundits had pegged San Diego Chargers RB Ryan Mathews as a first-round draft choice. As a disclaimer, I’ve already been burned with Mathews in the past, so I have a bitter taste in my mouth over that selection. I was however, ready to give him the benefit of the doubt and give him some serious consideration this season. That was before he broke his...

Ryan Matthews declares himself probable

Players make bold statements about their availability all the time, but if you spent a first round pick on Ryan Matthews, you’re looking for any positive news to come out of the Chargers camp. The Chargers explosive runner failed to graduate from Fresno State with a doctorate, but did declare that there was “no doubt” that he would play against the Raiders in the finale of...

San Diego 28, Dallas 20: So Much for Six Scoreless Quarters

SAN DIEGO, CA – AUGUST 18: Quarterback Tony Romo #9 and head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys talk things over during a Cowboy drive in the fourth quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on August 18, 2012 in San Diego, California. The Chargers won 28-20. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife) The first six quarters of the 2012 preseason gave Cowboys’...

Whitehurst leads Chargers by 'boys

Shareece Wright's electrifying 73-yard interception return set up Jackie Battle's go-ahead, 2-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, and backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst threw two touchdown passes as the San Diego Chargers rallied from a dismal start to beat the Dallas Cowboys 28-20 on Saturday night. The Chargers (1-1) overcame three turnovers, including two...

Garrett Brown suspended for four games by NFL

Hot News for C Norv Turner
Chargers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.