Los Angeles Chargers
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5-5
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Broncos
6-4
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Denver Broncos

Los Angeles Chargers
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LA Chargers Win -2.5

The Chargers and Broncos look to have missed their chance to wrestle the AFC West title away from the Chiefs now they’ve hit their stride but a place in the playoffs is still very much on the table. The Bolts came out on the right side of a crazy SNF encounter with the Pittsburgh Steelers to improve to 6-4, keeping them in the final wild-card spot in the AFC. Justin Herbert prevented yet another heartbreaking Chargers loss, finishing the night with 382 passing yards and 90 yards on the ground. It was a strong night all round from LA’s offense as they piled up 533 yards and 41 points against a vaunted Steelers defense. That doesn’t bode well for a Broncos defense that ranks 26th in DVOA and had no answers to the Eagles offense before their bye week as they fell to 5-5.

The Chargers offense ranks third in DVOA and if they can get rolling then the Broncos might struggle to keep up with their efficient but ultimately limited offense. Teddy Bridgewater is perfectly serviceable as a quarterback but isn’t making the most of the weapons at his disposal. Where the Broncos could hurt the Chargers is in the run game with the LA defense giving up a league-high 145.1 yards per game on average, while they could be without one of their top run stuffers in Linval Joseph. The Chargers are also short at safety after Asante Samuel Jr. went back in the concussion protocol and there are opportunities for the Broncos offense. The question you need to ask is whether you trust Bridgewater and this coaching staff to take advantage of any problems on the Chargers defense? I would rather stick with Herbert to roll against a Broncos team that is 2-5 ATS in their last 7.

Chargers -2.5 available at time of publishing. Playable at that number.

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Los Angeles Chargers
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Over 48.0

The Chargers and Broncos have developed a tendency to put on a show in their divisional meetings in Denver, with 6 of the last 7 going over on the total. The over is also 11-5 in the Bolts’ last 16 road games and the total is just low enough to take the over, even with the Broncos’ offensive issues. After a mini-slump, the Chargers offense looks to have got its mojo back with the big names all making an impact against the Steelers. Running back Austin Ekeler went in for four touchdowns, while Mike Williams and Keenan Allen combined for over 200 receiving yards.

While there aren’t enough doubts over the Chargers’ defense to think that Denver can cover, they should be able to put up some points. Javonte Williams and former Charger Melvin Gordon are a strong running-back combo and they can form the basis for Denver’s offensive gameplan.

Over 47.5 points available at time of publishing. Playable at that number.

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A self-confessed sports nut who has managed to turn his passion into a career, resulting in the last 15 years being spent covering a wide variety of sports for numerous media outlets. You can find me writing mainly about the NFL and NHL here on Pickswise, with a bit of soccer on the side. One of the rarest of breeds: an actual LA Chargers fan.

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