Week 1 in the NFL wraps up in the AFC West division with the Los Angeles Chargers heading on the road to take on the Denver Broncos in the second game of Monday Night Football. While the Chargers have moved, the rivalry remains intact. Both teams are looking to make an early season statement.
Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver Broncos
Point Spread: Broncos -4 Date: Monday, September 11 – 10:20 PM ET Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
Point Spread And Betting Analysis
The game opened at -4.5 for the Broncos at home but it has since come back down to -4. The Broncos are 8-2 SU in their last 10 meetings with the Chargers, who have managed to split them when it comes to the ATS record. The Chargers have won just once in their last four trips to Denver, although that did come last year. Six of their last 10 meetings came in under the posted total and the total for this game sits at 43.
Los Angeles Chargers
Off the field, it has obviously been a busy time for the Chargers, moving from San Diego to Los Angeles. On the field, the Chargers are hoping for big changes. Philip Rivers is back at quarterback with Pro Bowl running back Melvin Gordon in the backfield. Antonio Gates is still at tight end and Keenan Allen at receiver. Allen looks 100% healthy after an ACL tear while Gates continues to roll.
It looks like the Chargers have more weapons for Rivers as they spent a first-round pick on Mike Williams, Travis Benjamin looked good in the preseason and Tyrell Williams was last year’s top target. And second tight end Hunter Henry has shown promise. If nothing else, the Chargers will be fun to watch – as long as the improved offensive line can protect Rivers.
Trevor Siemian is back in the saddle at quarterback for the Broncos after Paxton Lynch failed to progress. That means Denver will be a team that tries to win with defense and their running game. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are great receivers, but they have to get the ball and Siemian is a merely a game manager.
While the Broncos figures to have their issues, the defense should be strong once again. The Broncos finished fourth in total defense last year and points allowed (18.6). Von Miller leads the pass rush but DeMarcus Ware retired and Shane Ray, who had eight sacks last year, is out for at least half the season. While the Broncos have one of the league’s best secondaries, if they can’t get to Rivers, they’ll have a tough time covering the spread.
Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos Prediction