The Los Angeles Chargers hope to turn their last home game of the 2019 NFL preseason into their first victory when they host the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night. Kickoff from Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET. Both teams are looking to bounce back from road losses in Week 2 of the preseason slate. Seattle (1-1) fell 25-19 at Minnesota, while Los Angeles (0-2) squandered a 14-point halftime lead in a 19-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints. In the 2018 regular season, the Chargers beat the Seahawks 25-17 on the road in Week 9. Seattle is a 3.5-point favorite and the over-under for total points scored is 41 in the latest Seahawks vs. Chargers odds. Before you finalize any Seahawks vs. Chargers picks, make sure you hear what SportsLine senior analyst Josh Nagel has to say. 

A Nevada-based handicapper with more than 20 years of experience in the sports wagering industry, Nagel has hit a strong 61 percent of his NFL spread picks over the past two seasons. What’s more, he has had a particularly keen eye for the Seahawks, going 13-4 on against the spread picks involving them. He also posted a 3-0 mark on Seattle’s road games last year, including its cover as a 2.5-point underdog in a 24-22 playoff loss in Dallas. Anyone who has followed him is way up. 

Now, Nagel has zeroed in on Chargers vs. Seahawks on Saturday night. We can tell you he’s leaning over, but his most confident pick is against the spread. He’s only sharing that pick at SportsLine. 

Nagel knows the Seahawks will be eager to give an improved performance as the coaching staff continues to evaluate candidates for several key positions. Week 3 of the preseason has long been regarded as the closest thing to a true dress rehearsal for the regular season, and coach Pete Carroll is known for giving his starters ample playing time. 

Quarterback Russell Wilson made his preseason debut last week and went 6-for-9 for 82 yards in two series. Chris Carson led the ground game with 25 yards on five carries as eight different players registered rushing attempts. Seattle’s defense allowed 409 total yards to Minnesota, but its rebuilt secondary showed that it still has big-play potential. DeShawn Shead returned an interception 88 yards in the second quarter for Seattle’s lone touchdown. 

Even so, the Seahawks are far from assured of covering against a Los Angeles club that is widely projected to return to the playoffs and possibly contend for a 2020 Super Bowl berth. 

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers sat out the first two preseason games and it’s unclear whether he will play on Saturday. But he played in Weeks 2 and 3 of last year’s exhibition season before sitting out the final game. Rivers has repeatedly said that playing Seattle stokes his competitive fire, so it would come as no surprise if he takes the field for at least a couple of series.

Regardless, Los Angeles has received solid performances from the signal callers who are vying for position on the depth chart. In last week’s loss to the Saints, Cardale Jones went 10-for-14 for 111 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions. He connected with Andre Patton for a 24-yard score in the first quarter. Tyrod Taylor went 7-for-10 for 57 yards in the second half.

The Chargers’ first-team defense limited New Orleans to just three first-half points and their running game also made strides amid the holdout of starter Melvin Gordon. Second-year pro Justin Jackson had 33 yards on eight rushes, while Detrez Newsome had five carries for 17 yards. 

Nagel has broken down the depth charts of both teams and unearthed the critical X-factor that has him leaning hard to one side of the spread. You can only see what it is, and which team to back, at SportsLine. 

Who wins Seahawks vs. Chargers? And what critical factor makes one side of the spread a must-back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Seahawks vs. Chargers spread you should jump on Saturday, all from the seasoned NFL expert who has hit 76 percent of his picks on Seattle, and find out.