Broncos vs. Chargers Point Spread: NFL Week 17 Odds, Prediction

Nik Kowalski | Updated Dec 30, 2021

Both the Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers have hit a slump at the worst time, but one is ending Sunday when the go head-to-head in L.A.

Denver
7-10
AT
January 02, 2022, 4:05 PM ET
SoFi Stadium
Pointspread +8 -105
Moneyline +295
Over / Under o +45.5

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Pointspread -8 -115
Moneyline -380
Over / Under u +45.5

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Betting Action

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Each club has dropped two consecutive contests, which has all but eliminated the 7-8 Broncos and then put the 8-7 Chargers right in the middle of the playoff mix.

Denver’s likely still going to be without starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater this weekend, which means it’ll be Drew Lock under centre again. But if Davis Mills and the Texans can score 40 on the Chargers, who’s to say the Drew Lock-led Broncos can’t do the same?

Kickoff at SoFi Stadium is set for 4:05 p.m. EST. Los Angeles sits as a 6.5-point favourite at home, with the total at 46 on the NFL odds.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

As AFC West opponents, this is the second and final regular season match between the Broncos and Chargers this season. Denver took their first game by a score of 28-13 back in Week 12. Rookie corner Pat Surtain II had two interceptions, one of which went back for six, while the Broncos rushed for 147 yards. The Chargers rank 29th in the NFL with 140.3 rushing yards allowed per game, and got gashed last week for 189 in Houston.

Denver struggles offensively though, which a 12-3 record to the under this season proves. Six of the Broncos’ seven road games have gone under the total too. Both teams are 7-8 against the spread in 2021.

Denver Broncos

The Broncos have hit an expected downfall: offence. In their last five losses, they’ve failed to reach 15 points. And in their last three their opponent has not scored more than 22. Last week’s 17-13 defeat at Las Vegas also saw the Broncos blow a 13-7 lead heading into halftime.

Denver’s relied on their two running backs, Melvin Gordon III and rookie Javonte Williams. The rookie leads them with 827 rushing yards but Gordon has seven scores. When you see the two combined for 8 rushing yards on 14 carries last week, it’s clear why Denver fell to the Raiders.

Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers 12-point loss at Houston was one of the season’s biggest upsets, and just made their problems clearer. Defence is the core, but it stems at their rush defence which got exposed by the league’s worst running team last week. Los Angeles is now 31st in points allowed with 27.4 per game, and have given up 96 over their last three showings.

Second-year quarterback Justin Herbert is second in the NFL in yards with 4,394 but is now tied for the league lead with 14 interceptions. The turnover problem arose last time versus Denver, and last weekend in Houston with another two picks.

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