Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver Broncos Betting Odds And Preview

The Denver Broncos will be hoping to gain a little ground in the AFC West when the Los Angeles Chargers come to town this week. The home team will be the underdog to the visiting Chargers, who are fresh off a big win over the Pittsburgh Steelers and playing well.

While the Broncos are underdogs, the spread is relatively small. Here are the betting odds for Sunday’s game in Denver.

Denver Broncos Vs. Los Angeles Chargers Betting Odds

SportsbookPoint SpreadMoneylineTotal  
DraftKingsChargers -3 (-105)
Broncos +3 (-115)
Chargers -150
Broncos +130
Over 48 (-105)
Under 48 (-115)
BetMGMChargers -3 (-105)
Broncos +3 (-115)
Chargers -150
Broncos +125
Over 47.5 (-105)
Under 47.5 (-115)
CaesarsChargers -2.5 (-120)
Broncos +2.5 (+100)
Chargers -150
Broncos +130
Over 47.5 (-105)
Under 47.5 (-115)
BetRiversChargers -3 (-110)
Broncos +3 (-110)
Chargers -150
Broncos +133
Over 47.5 (-105)
Under 47.5 (-115)

Los Angeles Chargers (6-4 SU, 5-5 ATS)

After losing three of their last four games, the Chargers needed a big win in Week 11 and got it against the Steelers. It was the fifth time Los Angeles has had to overcome a fourth-quarter deficit this season, but the Chargers never should have been behind. Some crucial mistakes in the fourth quarter nearly cost them.

However, the offense and defense came through in the end to secure the win.

Heading into Denver, the Chargers will hope to have a similar offensive explosion. It will not be easy against a solid Broncos defense. But if QB Justin Herbert can get on track early and not get derailed, the offense will do its part. The only question mark is whether the defense will follow suit.

The Broncos are not an offensive powerhouse by any stretch of the imagination, which should give the Chargers defense the upper hand. If a few key Chargers players bring anything less than their ‘A’ game, Denver has enough talent to take advantage and put points on the board. Just ask a Dallas Cowboys fan.

Denver Broncos (5-5 SU, 5-5 ATS)

Much like every other game, the Broncos will have to lean on the defense, which is not a bad thing at all. This season, it has been stingy with opposing offenses, giving up 328.1 yards per game (the ninth-best total in the league). The Denver D has been even stingier when it comes to points, allowing 18.3 per game (third-best in the NFL).

The best defensive outing of all time, however, will not matter much if the offense struggles to move the ball. Denver’s offense has been inconsistent all season. While it played well against Dallas (400+ yards and 30 points), it struggled a week later against the Eagles.

So, how can the Broncos beat the Chargers?

The Broncos will have to go back to the formula that worked against the Cowboys establish the run and throw enough to keep the LA defense honest. The Chargers have the lowest-ranked run defense in the NFL (145.1 yards per game allowed). So, it may not be too hard to get RBs Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon III on track early.

The offensive line will, of course, need to have a solid day. While it is not one of the best in the NFL (No. 19 according to PFF), it has performed well in favorable situations, and they might have one this week. DE Joey Bosa has a decent grade against the run (68.0), but the rest of the front four and the linebackers have grades in the 50’s or lower.

Denver’s offense could catch a break. The Chargers’ defense will be without DT Linval Joseph on the defensive line due to Covid protocols. Joseph is the fifth Chargers defender in the last two weeks to test positive.

Betting Analysis

The Broncos’ defense will make Herbert work for every yard he gets, but it will not stop him. However, if the Broncos can establish the run and limit Herbert’s time on the field, this game should be competitive. If Denver falls behind early and abandons the run, on the other hand, things could get ugly.

Denver cannot rely on QB Teddy Bridgewater to save the day. He is an adequate game manager on his best day. To win, the Broncos need their defense to step up and for the run game to click. That will be easier said than done. Even if the defense does bring its ‘A’ game, the Chargers offense is good enough to put up more points than the Broncos can muster.

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