The San Diego Chargers meet the Denver Broncos at Mile High in Denver this Sunday, October 30th in a crucial showdown in the AFC West. Denver demolished the Houston Texans at home last Monday to the tune of 27-9 and are tied with Oakland for the lead in the division with their 5-2 record. The Chargers are 3-4 on the year, but in the cellar of the tough division. They managed to edge the Falcons in overtime 33-30 in Atlanta last week and have won two straight. It was San Diego’s first road triumph of the season.
Chargers vs Broncos – Pinnacle NFL Betting Line:
- Pinnacle lists the Broncos at -5 points at -110 with the Chargers +7 points at -100
- The over/under is 43.5 points with both listed at -105
- The Broncos are favored outright at -210 with the Chargers +188
Chargers vs Broncos Betting Trends:
San Diego Chargers:
- Season record: 3-4 SU, 5-2 ATS
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of San Diego’s last 8 games
- San Diego is 5-14 SU in its last 19 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of San Diego’s last 5 games on the road
- San Diego is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Diego’s last 8 games when playing Denver
- San Diego is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Denver
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of San Diego’s last 7 games when playing on the road against Denver
- San Diego is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Denver
- Season record: 5-2 SU, 5-2 ATS
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver’s last 5 games
- Denver is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Denver’s last 7 games at home
- Denver is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Denver’s last 8 games when playing San Diego
- Denver is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing San Diego
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver’s last 7 games when playing at home against San Diego
- Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against San Diego
- Denver is 2-8-3 ATS in its last 13 games when playing at home against San Diego
San Diego Chargers – A Closer Look:
San Diego is on a bit of a roll with two straight wins after downing Atlanta 33-30 in overtime. Josh Lambo booted the game-winning field goal from 42 yards out for their first win away from home this season. Quarterback Philip Rivers had a fine game by passing for 371 yards by going 27 for 44. He had a touchdown pass and was intercepted once. Rivers averages 288.3 yards in the air this campaign to rank sixth in the league in that department. Melvin Gordon chipped in with 68 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The San Diego defense will need to be solid since Denver is scoring an average of 23.9 points per contest so far this season, which is ranked 13th-most in the league. The Chargers have done well against the spread on their last 10 road trips by going 9-1 in that stretch. As mentioned, they’ve won just once on the road this season. But in the bright side, they’re 5-5 straight up in their last 10 outings in Denver with the Broncos going just 2-7-1 ATS in those meetings.
Denver Broncos – A Closer Look:
The Denver Broncos managed to halt their losing skid at two games with last week’s 27-9 home victory over Houston on Monday Night football. The Broncos are now 3-1 at Mile High this season and the win saw them climb into a first place tie in the division with Oakland. Running backs Devontae Booker and C.J. Anderson teamed up for a pair of touchdowns and a 200 yards in the game. The defensive unit also chipped in with one of its most effective games of the 2016/17 campaign.
They managed to control former Broncos’ quarterback Brock Osweiler as he racked up only 131 yards in the air. The Denver defense is ranked third-best in the league by allowing an average of only 291.6 yards against per contest. They’ll be facing a good quarterback in the Chargers’ Philip Rivers though as Rivers is ranked sixth-best in the league with his 13 touchdown passes so far this year. Denver hasn’t really fared to well at home against San Diego recently at 5-5, so this should be a pretty competitive game.
Next up for both teams:
- San Diego home to Tennessee Sunday, November 6
- Denver at Oakland Sunday, November 6
By Ian S. Palmer