The case for betting on the Los Angeles Chargers and Justin Herbert for MVP

Justin Herbert threw for 5,104 yards and 38 touchdowns last season and could be set for an MVP-worthy year with the Chargers in 2022. Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images

The 2022 NFL season is steadily approaching and our betting experts have got you covered. Over the next two weeks we are taking a look at how to approach some of the top teams in league and giving out some futures best bets ahead of opening week.

Tyler Fulghum breaks down one of his favorite teams for this year, the Los Angeles Chargers. Led by star quarterback Justin Herbert, he explains why he believes the Chargers are a good bet to win the ultra-competitive AFC West division and why Herbert will be holding the NFL MVP trophy as a result.

Here is the best case, worst case and betting analysis for this year's Chargers squad.

Bet: Los Angeles Chargers win AFC West (+220) | Justin Herbert to win MVP (+1000)

Best case: The Chargers might have the best roster in the entire NFL. Herbert already being one of the top five QBs in the game while still on a rookie deal allows them to do so. Hello, Khalil Mack. Hi there, J.C. Jackson. Brandon Staley also demanded that Tom Telesco shore up the Chargers' awful run defense with solid players like Sebastian Joseph-Day, Austin Johnson, Morgan Fox and Kyle Van Noy. The offense has just one weakness, at RT, but the other four spots on the OL look strong. If Herbert directs the Chargers to the top of this all-time difficult division ... he's going to be hard to overlook for league MVP.

Worst case: Well... This is the Chargers. They haven't really been known for living up to expectations and excitement. Perhaps the players brought in will do little to upgrade the run defense. Perhaps the hole at RT is too much to overcome on offense. And perhaps the wildly difficult schedule in the AFC West will prove too daunting.

Betting spin: I'm not scared to buy into the Chargers despite what recent history has shown. I believe Herbert has the ability to be the best QB in this division -- yes, even better than Mahomes. I think Staley is a smart, rising star as a head coach in this league. I love that they have pushed the chips all-in to fully leverage the advantage of Herbert's rookie contract. I think this team can absolutely win the Super Bowl.