LA Chargers at DEN Broncos: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Sunday 12/30 4:25 PM (ET),
Sports Authority Field
The Chargers look to get back to their winning ways vs. a Denver Broncos team who seem to have already checked out for the 2018 NFL season.
The Chargers are coming off a tough defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens a week ago, and Philip Rivers has entered a bit of a slump over the past two weeks, accounting for four total turnovers. Good news for Rivers and the Bolts, they get to travel to Denver this week. LA faces off against a Denver team who played one of the most horrendous nationally televised games in recent memory last Monday night.
The Broncos have serious questions littered throughout their roster and coaching staff. Case Keenum has not impressed in his inaugural season as Denver’s signal caller, and another bad game may all but force Denver to look for a QB somewhere else next season. Keenum may not be the only one on his way out of Denver. Head Coach Vance Joseph’s hot seat is boiling, and his team has seemingly quit on him over the past few weeks. On the field, Denver will be without rookie phenom Phillip Lindsay in the backfield, as he has been placed on IR with a wrist injury. This leaves Denver with little, if any, fire power to keep up with LA’s 5th ranked scoring offense.
The Broncos have lost three in a row, and will make it four come Sunday afternoon. Denver’s only hope would be for their defense to play stout for 60 minutes. Something highly unlikely after they surrendered over 100 rushing yards to a well past his prime Doug Martin just a week ago. Melvin Gordon will have another week under his belt coming back from injury, and this game will be perfect to showcase that he is back to 100% before the Bolts kickoff their playoff run.
Score prediction: Chargers win 28-16
Denver has lost two of their last three games by an average of ten points. The Broncos will be without their best offensive playmaker, leaving Keenum with very little to work with against the league’s 8th ranked defense.
If the Raiders were able to drop 27 on Denver, Los Angeles should be able to at least match that number. Los Angeles is one of the most explosive offenses in all of football, and will be looking to make a statement this week after last week’s flop.
Head to Head
While it is the Chargers enjoying the better season this year, it has been Denver who has dominated in the head-to-head matchups over the last ten meetings. Denver has gone 8-2 over that span, including a one-point victory earlier this season.
- Los Angeles is 10-2 SU in their last 12 games.
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Los Angeles’ last 7 road games.
- Los Angeles is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games.
- Denver is 1-4 SU in their last 5 home games.
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Denver’s last 5 home games vs. Los Angeles.
- Denver is 8-16-1 ATS in their last 25 games.