The Arizona Cardinals make the short trip down to San Diego to take on the Chargers on October 3rd. The Arizona Cardinals enter this game with a winning record of 2-1 while the San Diego Chargers are 1-2. Don’t believe the records at face value. The Arizona Cardinals were fortunate enough to win their two games and the San Diego Chargers two losses occurred in two of the most raucous NFL stadiums in the league.
Now that the San Diego Chargers are back in the friendly confines of their own Qualcomm Stadium they should be back to their high scoring ways. The month of September is over and this also should be a huge plus for a San Diego Chargers team that can never perform up to expectations in September.
Passing Attack of the San Diego Chargers & Arizona Cardinals Complete Opposites
Phillip Rivers had the best passing game of any San Diego Chargers quarterback in the Chargers loss to the Seattle Seahawks last weekend. That doesn’t do much for Rivers who is looking for a second win in the first week of October. Rivers has to be creative without his normal number one receiver Vincent Jackson. Rivers is now reliant on Malcom Floyd and tight end Antonio Gates.
Derek Anderson the Arizona Cardinals quarterback has been having a rough time emerging out of Kurt Warner’s shadow to become the new franchise quarterback. Although Anderson has won two games, the cries continue for him to be dethroned as the number quarterback in favor of rookie Max Hall. Anderson has had difficulty involving his number one receiver Larry Fitzgerald in the offense. Passing attack advantage goes to San Diego Chargers over the Arizona Cardinals.
Ground Game For San Diego Chargers & Arizona Cardinals in Need of Development
Chris “Beanie” Wells is back in line as the number one back after missing the first three games for the Arizona Cardinals. Wells was already showing signs of making a 100% comeback in the Arizona Cardinals game against the Oakland Raiders. Tim Hightower is a suitable change of pace back but he is not an every down running back.
A running game is what the San Diego Chargers desperately need. With Ryan Mathews out it and Darren Sproles to fragile to play every down, the running back position was taken over by Mike Tolbert. Tolbert is a big menacing full back that is being used as a running back the last few weeks. Ground game edge goes to the Arizona Cardinals.
Arizona Cardinals vs San Diego Chargers -9.5: Pick Against the Spread & Final Look
The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook has posted the San Diego Chargers as 9.5 point home favorites over the Arizona Cardinals. It is obvious after the first three games, the Arizona Cardinals have a weak quarterback and are in need of establishing a running game. The San Diego Chargers are looking for revenge after losing on the road to the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals are the unfortunate team that will be in their path. Take the San Diego Chargers -9.5 over the Arizona Cardinals.
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