Broncos vs Chargers Picks & Predictions (NFL Week 16)

Broncos vs Chargers Picks & Predictions (NFL Week 16)

The Denver Broncos will battle the Los Angeles Chargers in this AFC West Division showdown. Denver is on a one game losing streak and they will look for a bounce back game, after being blown out by the Buffalo Bills. Los Angeles has won two games in a row and they will look to keep the offensive production high. Who will win this game? Read our Broncos vs Chargers picks, find the best odds, lines, free bets, and legal US Sportsbooks where to place your bets!

When is Denver vs Los Angeles?

Date: Sunday, Dec. 27

Location: SoFi Stadium – Inglewood, California

Time: 4:05 PM EST

Coverage: CBS

Broncos vs Chargers Odds & Spreads

Moneyline: DEN: (+160) I LAC: (-170)

Spread: DEN: +3.5 (-120) I LAC: -3 (-119)

Total: Over: 49 (-105) I Under: 49 (-105)

Betting Preview

Denver is third in the AFC West Division, 5-9 overall, and 8-6 ATS. The Broncos are 25th in the power rankings and the defense continues to give up a lot of yards. Denver has a below average offense, but they rank 13th in rushing yards. They score around 20 points per game. The defense ranks towards the bottom in a lot of key areas, but their passing defense is 11th. They give up around 28 points per game. In their last six games, the Broncos are 2-4, and half of those games were blowout losses. The offense is inconsistent and the defense continues to give up huge totals.

Last week, they lost to the Bills 48-19. Denver was in the game at halftime and then they were outscored 27-6 in the second half. Quarterback Drew Lock went 20 of 32, for 132 yards, and 1 touchdown. They rushed well, but that was about it. The defense gave up over 500 yards and they had no standout receivers.

Los Angeles is last in the AFC West Division, 5-9 overall, and 6-7-1 ATS. The Chargers are 17th in the power rankings and they were able to win close games, thanks to the young talent in quarterback Justin Herbert. They have an above average offense and rank fifth in passing yards. LA is good at clock management and keeping the offense out on the field. The Chargers score around 24 points per game. The defense is average and they rank eighth in passing defense. They give up around 28 points per game. This team has been in close games all season and lately, they have been playing complete football.

Last week, they beat the Las Vegas Raiders, in overtime, 30-27. It was a close game and the Chargers got the huge upset. Herbert went 22 of 32, for 314 yards, and 2 touchdowns. They were solid on receiving yards and third down efficiency.

Head to Head

This will be the 123rd all-time meeting between the Broncos and Chargers. Denver leads the series with a 69-52-1 record. In their last ten games, the Broncos are 7-3 and 5-4-1 ATS. The over/under is 5-5. The Chargers score around 21 points and the Broncos are around 20. Denver has the edge in rushing yards, completion percentage, and total yards. LA has the edge in passing yards. Both teams turn the ball over a fair amount. Denver is 4-1 in their last five games against Los Angeles.

Our Broncos vs Chargers Picks & Predictions

Both of these teams are playing for third place in the division and they like to give up a lot of points. The main difference in this matchup is that the Chargers have the better quarterback and the more consistent offense. LA is good at staying on the field for a while and getting those big third downs. Meanwhile, the Broncos can sometimes keep things close, but they end up just getting incomplete passes and punts galore. Denver does have a solid rushing game and that will keep things interesting against the bad rushing defense of the Chargers. LA is trending towards the middle of the pack of the league, while Denver is getting even closer to the cellar. Chargers win 28-19 and cover the spread.