Monday Night Football Betting
Totals bettors should take notice on Monday, as the top passing offenses in the league face off when Denver and San Diego clash on Monday Night Football.
The Chargers are a 9.5-point home favorite on Monday, while the total was set high at 50 at Bovada. Both San Diego and Denver like to air it out and points should be plentiful, leading to what looks like an easy OVER. In the last eight games between the two AFC West rivals the OVER is 6-2.
Denver's offense woke up big time last week in a 49-29 whipping of Kansas City as a 1-point underdog. Kyle Orton passed for 296 yards with four touchdown strikes, including a pair to Brandon Lloyd. Knownshon Moreno appears to finally be over the hamstring problems that have plagued him all season after rushing for 106 yards on 22 carries.
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San Diego is coming off their bye, and last time out in Week 9 they defeated Houston 29-23 as a 3-point favorite. Philip Rivers was missing two of his top targets in the win, with Antonio Gates and Malcom Floyd both out, but he still passed for 295 yards with four touchdowns.
The San Diego backups stepped up for Rivers, as Seyi Ajirotutu and Randy McMichael each hauled in a couple touchdowns.
Rivers should get Floyd back on Monday after he missed the last three games with a bad hamstring injury, but Gates could be sidelined again after being listed questionable with a nagging foot injury. San Diego could also be shorthanded in the backfield with Ryan Mathews doubtful with an ankle injury that has limited him in the Chargers' last few games.
If Mathews is out it should mean a start for Mike Tolbert, and even though the Chargers boast the No. 1 pass attack in the NFL their running game could be the difference-maker against Denver's No. 30 run defense.
The Chargers have paid off well against the Broncos for a few seasons now, and that should continue Monday night. San Diego is 6-2 SU and 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight versus Denver. In their last nine at home against the Broncos the Chargers own a 6-3 record SU and a 5-3-1 ATS mark. Also notable is the Broncos' lackluster 2-7 SU record and 3-6 ATS mark in their last nine games on the road overall.
Offensively both teams put up big yardage every week, but look for San Diego's more proficient defense to lead them to victory. Not only does Denver own one of the worst run defenses in the league, but their secondary is also banged up with Renaldo Hill (neck), Andre Goodman (quad), and Darcel McBath (ankle) all ailing.
If the Chargers can get an early lead they should cruise to an easy win and cover against a suspect Denver defense.
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