The Denver Broncos (6-6) will be trying to keep their playoff hopes alive when they face the Los Angeles Chargers (5-7) on Sunday afternoon. The game will be played at SoFi Stadium and it is scheduled to begin at 4:25 PM. ET.
The Broncos are coming off a 22-17 loss to Houston as 3-point underdogs. The Chargers are coming off a 6-0 win over New England as 4.5-point favorites.
Denver is 6-4 in its last 10 games against Los Angeles.
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Broncos Going For Sixth Win In Seven Games
The Broncos had their five-game winning streak snapped by Houston in their last game after Russell Wilson threw an interception in the end zone in the final minutes of the game. They are still in the thick of the playoff race and can improve their playoff standing with a win over the Chargers, which will give them their sixth win in their last seven games.
Denver is averaging 21.9 points per game. They are throwing for 183.3 yards and rushing for 115.8 yards per game.
Russell Wilson completed 58 percent of his passes for 186 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions in the loss to the Texans. Javonte Williams had 13 carries for 46 yards, while Courtland Sutton had two catches for 77 yards and one touchdown.
Denver has struggled defensively, giving up 25.2 points per game. They gave up 22 points in their last game and will need a similar effort if they want to get the win.
Chargers Going For Second Consecutive Win
The Chargers snapped their three-game losing streak with a win over the Patriots in their last game. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Broncos, which will give them their second win in a row.
Los Angeles is averaging 22.9 points per game. They are throwing for 240.9 yards and rushing for 97.7 yards per game.
Justin Herbert completed 56 percent of his passes for 212 yards in the win over the Patriots. Austin Ekeler had 14 carries for 18 yards, while Keenan Allen had five catches for 58 yards.
Los Angeles has played well defensively, giving up 21.5 points per game. They didn’t give up a point in their last game and will need another solid defensive effort if they want to win this game.
Nick Vannett-TE (Concussion) and Zack Bailey-G (Back) are questionable for this game.
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Full-Game Side Bet
The Broncos have won five of their last six games. They are playing well offensively and scored at least 24 points in three of their last five games. They don’t throw the ball much, but they run it very well. The Chargers have struggled against the run, especially in recent games, with the team giving up close to 150 rushing yards per game in their last three games, so expect them to have a hard time slowing down the Broncos in this game. The Chargers have lost three of their last four games and their last three wins came against the worst teams in the league. They throw the ball well, but they don’t run it very well. They’ve also been careless with the ball in recent games, which will be a problem against a Denver team that leads the team in takeaways. The Nuggets have done a great job against the pass in recent games, holding their last three opponents under 215 passing yards per game and they’ve been getting after opposing quarterbacks, averaging more than three sacks per game in their last three games, so expect them to keep Los Angeles’ offense in check. Go with Denver to cover the spread.
Prediction: Denver Broncos +2.5
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Full-Game Total Pick
The Broncos are averaging 21.9 points per game and 20.7 points per game on the road. They averaged 20 points per game in their last three games against the Chargers. With Los Angeles giving up 24.5 points per game at home, the Broncos will go over their average in this game. The Chargers are averaging 22.9 points per game and 25.5 points per game at home. They averaged 27 points per game in their last three games against the Broncos. With Denver giving up 34.5 points per game on the road, the Chargers will score enough points to push the score over the total. The Broncos and Chargers played over the total in two of their last three meetings.
Prediction: Over 43.5