This will be a good game for the Chargers to get their offence back on track against a solid defence in the Denver Broncos. Philip Rivers and company have been shaky as of late, and although playmakers like Von Miller and Bradley Chubb will not be playing in the post season this year, they did provide Rivers and company a lot to think about in this game.
NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis
The Broncos pulled off a come-from-behind victory 23-22 win over the Chargers in week1. Kicker Brandon McManus kicked the winning field goal with time expiring. The Broncos enter this game winning three out of the last four against the Chargers. But the Chargers are 8-2-5 against the spread in the last 15 games against the Broncos in Denver.
The Chargers have played well on the road this season, going 6-1 against the spread away from Los Angeles, and a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last five road games.
Of note, the under has hit six straight times at home for the Broncos over the last six games. Could it happen again?
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers are coming off a 22-10 loss to the Ravens this past Saturday night and the high powered offence is starting to fizzle-out. The Ravens held the Chargers offence to just 72 total yards in the first half. It’s the lowest yardage in the first half for the Chargers since week 15 of the 2015 season (66 yards versus Carolina). Digging deeper into the numbers, over the last five games, the team has been outscored 43-14 in the opening quarter. Quarterback Philip Rivers has thrown an interception on his first pass the last two games. Both picks led to the opposition scoring points.
Speaking of Rivers, he was under attack in the Ravens game as he was sacked four times and also hit four times. The Chargers struggled to get into an offensive rhythm and it’s the first time this season that Rivers did not throw a touchdown in a game.
The Chargers need to beat the Broncos, and have the Chiefs lose to the Raiders in order to get the number one seed in the conference.
The Broncos are coming off an embarrassing setback on Monday night football to the Raiders in Oakland. The Broncos got flagged 11 times in this game for 91 yards, and couldn’t move the ball. Quarterback Case Keenum threw two interceptions in the loss and now has set a career-high with 14 this season.
Star running back Phillip Lindsay left the game versus the Raiders with a wrist injury, and there are some reports saying after surgery he could be out of action for four to six months. Lindsay has been the biggest surprise in the Broncos lineup this season. Undrafted local kid just a chance with the local team, and rushes of 1,037 yards in his rookie season. Royce Freeman/Devontae Booker are expected to carry the bulk of the running attack in their final game of the season.
The team enters this game on a three-game losing streak and this is likely Vance Joseph’s last game as Head Coach of the Broncos. Under Joseph the team is 11-20 in the last two seasons. This will be the first time the Broncos have had consecutive losing seasons since 1971/1972. The Broncos have trailed at halftime in eight games this season and were held scoreless after two quarters against the 49ers and Raiders.