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MNF Betting Preview: Healthy Chargers Can Set the AFC West Tone vs Broncos

Even though the Chargers will be opening the 2017 season in the Mile High City, the team will be starting fresh as they kick off the Los Angeles era after relocating from San Diego in the offseason. Both teams have been on opposite sides of the coin in the AFC West over the last few years, but the division is looking as wide open as it has in quite some time heading into the new campaign.

Shark Bites
  • The Chargers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games on the road against the Broncos.
  • The Broncos are 33-7 SU in their last 40 games as home favorites.
  • The Broncos are 2-7 ATS in their last nine games on Monday.

MyBookie opened the Bolts as 3.5-point road underdogs with a total of 43 for the tilt.

After enduring a tough injury-riddled season, the Chargers are a dark horse to be this season’s surprise playoff team. Philip Rivers is as steady as it gets under center, while the offense is loaded with weapons like Melvin Gordon, Keenan Allen and Tyrell Williams. San Diego will have to exorcise some past demons in Denver, however, as the Chargers are a brutal 0-4 SU in their last four trips to Colorado.

The Broncos have looked like a shell of themselves after winning the Super Bowl just two seasons ago, and the main reason for that is their punchless offense. Trevor Siemian was largely mediocre in 2016 after stepping into the retired Peyton Manning’s role at the quarterback position and he’s once again been tabbed the starter. Should Siemian take the next step, he’ll have some options around him with Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and C.J. Anderson in the fold.

The bread and butter of this team lies in the defense, led by star linebacker Von Miller. Alongside him, Shane Ray, Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr. headline a star-studded defense that figures to be one of the NFL’s best this year. If the Broncos make the playoffs, this unit is precisely why.

Both of these teams have had a habit of going OVER totals when facing divisional opponents. In Denver’s last five against their division, the OVER is 4-1. Meanwhile, San Diego has gone above the closing total in five of their previous six vs AFC West foes.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those siding with the visitors in this matchup saw the Los Angeles Chargers listed as 3.5-point underdogs at shops such as Bovada. Meanwhile, the OVER/UNDER line for the betting matchup was at 44.5 over at 5Dimes.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas picked a 29-12 win for the Broncos. Injuries during the week may cause the formula to be re-run, so check the NFL picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Los Angeles Chargers vs Denver Broncos Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Denver Broncos went 9-7 (9-7 ATS) last season; in comparison, the Los Angeles Chargers were 5-11 (7-9 ATS). Looking to bet on the totals? Denver was 7-9 OU, and Los Angeles was 9-6-1 OU. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Denver vs Los Angeles injuries news.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Denver Broncos at No. 16 and the Los Angeles Chargers at No. 22 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Denver Broncos No. 21-ranked offense last season (20.81 PPG) against a Los Angeles Chargers defense that ranked No. 29 at 26.44 PPG. The Broncos passing attack averaged 230.31 yards per game, less than the Chargers gave up through the air (249.12 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Los Angeles Chargers featured the league's No. 10-rated road run defense, allowing 102 yards per game. The Denver Broncos, meanwhile, ranked No. 12 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Chargers's last action saw them get a 2-TD performance from Philip Rivers, but they were handed a 37-27 loss by Kansas City at Qualcomm Stadium.

Trevor Siemian passed for 2 touchdowns in his team's last game in leading the Broncos past Oakland 24-6.

Betting Trends
  • LA Chargers is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • LA Chargers is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Chargers' last 6 games
  • LA Chargers is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
  • Denver is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Denver is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games
  • Denver is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver's last 5 games

Next Betting Matchups

Los Angeles home to Miami, Sunday, September 17
Denver home to Dallas, Sunday, September 17

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