NFL

Los Angeles Chargers vs Denver Broncos

Los Angeles
Chargers
11 - 4
Denver
Broncos
6 - 9
December 30, 2018, 4:25 PM EST
 | Empower Field at Mile High

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Los Angeles
Chargers
11 - 4
Denver
Broncos
6 - 9
December 30, 2018, 4:25 PM EST
 | Empower Field at Mile High
  • The 6-9 Denver Broncos wrap up their non-playoff bound season at home as the 11-4 Los Angeles Chargers make their way to Mile High Stadium. Denver is set to have back-to-back seasons with a losing record for the first time since 1970-71, while LA is returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2013 and has a shot at earning the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye. Denver earned a slim 23-22 victory over LA when they collided in Week 11 but the Chargers are 6.5-point favorites this week with the total Sportsbook at 41.5 points.

    Shark Bites
    • The total has gone UNDER in each of Denver’s last eight games.
    • Los Angeles is 10-2 SU and 7-5 ATS in its last 12 games.
    • Los Angeles is 5-0 SU and ATS in its last five road games.

    Chargers vs Broncos Game Center

    Chargers are a potent road squad

    Los Angeles is returning to the postseason for the first time since 2013 and it has its impressive road performances to thank for this revival. The Chargers have gone 6-1 in games away from home this year, including a stretch from October 8 to November 17 without a home game in which they went a perfect 4-0 with an average winning margin of 11.75. The only defeat LA has on the road this year was against the high-powered Rams when the Bolts fell 35-23.

    Offensively, the Chargers have a nice balanced attack, being able to move the ball through the air as well as on the ground. Veteran QB Philip Rivers is having one of his best statistical seasons at the spry young age of 37, as he has thrown for 4,132 yards with 31 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions while holding a 72.3 quarterback rating, his best since 2013. Running back Melvin Gordon has amassed 1,309 all-purpose yards with 14 touchdowns, all while missing four games with a knee injury before returning last week vs Baltimore.

    On the defensive side of the ball, the Chargers have limited opponents to an average of 21.3 points per game which is the eighth-fewest in the NFL. They are allowing just 223.9 passing yards per game to rank seventh in the league and held Kansas City’s Patrick Mahomes (second-most passing yards this season) to just 243 yards, the fewest he’s thrown in a game this year. An important part of the Chargers pass defense is the play of defensive end Joey Bosa, who has 21 tackles with 4.5 sacks while playing just six games this year.

    Broncos look for light at the end of the tunnel

    For the first time in nearly 40 years Denver is going to have back-to-back seasons with a losing record and can’t wait for the year to come to a close. The Broncos have been battered with injuries through the waning stages of the season, losing wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders for the season with a torn Achilles and rookie running back Phillip Lindsay with a wrist injury. Lindsay had a great first season in the league, rushing for 1,037 yards (seventh-most) and nine touchdowns, including two against the Chargers in Week 11.

    Denver has scored the fifth-fewest points per game over the last three weeks at just 14.7 and on the season averages 21.3 ppg. Defensively, the Broncos continue to be a force in the NFL. They give up an average of 21.7 ppg, which is the 12th-fewest, but their “no-fly zone” has seemingly come to an end as they are allowing the 11th-most passing yards per game at 251.3. At Mile High Stadium, they yield 260 yards per game through the air, which is the seventh-worst home mark in the league. A bright spot of their defense is their pass rush, as they average 2.9 sacks per game, tied for sixth-best in the league. Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller is tied for third in the NFL with 14.5 sacks.

    Should you be on the UNDER?

    These two divisional rivals have been strong UNDER plays recently and Sportsbook has this week’s total Sportsbook at 41.5 points. Denver has gone UNDER in eight straight games with an average combined score of 39.63. Meanwhile, the Broncos’ best attack vs the Chargers in Week 11 was Phillip Lindsay and he is now done for the season. Denver is only averaging 14.7 ppg in its last three games, compared to 23 ppg prior to that point. Lastly, the Broncos haven’t allowed the Chargers to score 30 or more points since Jan. 2, 2011, a span of 16 games, and with Denver struggling to score as well, I think the UNDER is the bet to make.

    My take on Los Angeles vs Denver

    I like the UNDER 41.5 points. Without their top receiver and leading running back, I have a hard time seeing the Broncos score that many points, especially against the Chargers, who have surrendered the eighth-fewest ppg this season. Meanwhile, Denver has limited LA to fewer than 30 points in each of their last 16 meetings dating back to 2011. Lastly, the Broncos have gone UNDER in eight straight games with an average combined score of 39.63 and I think that trend continues in Week 17.

Odds

Sunday, December 30 Sun Dec 30


Opening
Current

Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Opening
-4
-110
-196
o41.5
-110
+4
-110
+164
u41.5
-110
Spread
Moneyline
O/U
Current
-7
-108
-300
o43.5
-115
+7
-112
+250
u43.5
-105

Edge Finder

23.39
Points Scored
16.88
268.72
Passing Yards
211.29
88.39
Rushing Yards
113.82
30:48
Time on Field
29:57
67.94
Number of Plays
63.41
5.26
Yards Per Play
5.13
23.39
Points Scored
16.88
3.94
First Quarter
3.24
11.28
Second Quarter
5.71
2.89
Third Quarter
2.53
5.11
Fourth Quarter
5.41
268.72
Passing Yards
211.29
41.89
Pass Attempts
33.59
28.33
Pass Completions
20.29
2.33
Sacks
3.71
12.61
Sack Yards
24.41
9.48
Yards Per Pass
10.41
88.39
Rushing Yards
113.82
23.72
Rush Attempts
26.12
3.73
Yards Per Rush
4.36
0.56
Interceptions
0.88
1.11
Fumbles
1.53
0.50
Fumbles Lost
0.53
1.06
Total Turnovers
1.41
4.89
Penalties
6.65
37.61
Penalty Yards
57.12
30:48
Time on Field
29:57
67.94
Number of Plays
63.41
5.26
Yards Per Play
5.13
4.33
Punts
5.65
43.46
Punt Average
46.57
61.28
Return Yards
48.06

Head To Head

LAC
Stat Type DEN
2-8
Record
8-2
4-5-1
ATS
5-4-1
4-6
O/U
4-6
17.50
Points Scored
21.20
84.60
Rush Yds
118.50
35.70
Pass Attempts
33.40
59.94
Completion %
63.17
220.00
Passing Yds
226.10
304.6
Total Yds
344.6
1.60
Turnovers
1.80
LAC
Stat Type DEN
1-2
Record
2-1
1-1-1
ATS
1-1-1
1-2
O/U
1-2
21.33
Points Scored
15.67
79.67
Rush Yds
105.67
34.00
Pass Attempts
32.00
63.73
Completion %
64.58
243.67
Passing Yds
193.33
323.33
Total Yds
299
1.00
Turnovers
1.67
Nov 18/18 (1 of 10)
LAC
Stat Type DEN
Home
Away
22
Points Scored
23
-7
ATS
+7
47 o
O/U
47 u
95
Rush Yds
108
43
Pass Attempts
33
65.12
Completion %
60.61
384
Passing Yds
217
479
Total Yds
325
2
Turnovers
0
Oct 22/17 (2 of 10)
LAC
Stat Type DEN
Home
Away
21
Points Scored
0
0
ATS
-0
41 o
O/U
41 u
80
Rush Yds
69
26
Pass Attempts
35
57.69
Completion %
71.43
162
Passing Yds
182
242
Total Yds
251
0
Turnovers
3
Sep 11/17 (3 of 10)
LAC
Stat Type DEN
Away
Home
21
Points Scored
24
+3
ATS
-3
41.5 o
O/U
41.5 u
64
Rush Yds
140
33
Pass Attempts
28
66.67
Completion %
60.71
185
Passing Yds
181
249
Total Yds
321
1
Turnovers
2
Oct 30/16 (4 of 10)
LAC
Stat Type DEN
Away
Home
19
Points Scored
27
+3.5
ATS
-3.5
43 o
O/U
43 u
123
Rush Yds
57
47
Pass Attempts
38
42.55
Completion %
52.63
246
Passing Yds
267
369
Total Yds
324
3
Turnovers
3
Oct 13/16 (5 of 10)
LAC
Stat Type DEN
Home
Away
21
Points Scored
13
+3
ATS
-3
44.5 o
O/U
44.5 u
99
Rush Yds
84
29
Pass Attempts
50
62.07
Completion %
60.00
166
Passing Yds
220
265
Total Yds
304
2
Turnovers
2
Jan 3/16 (6 of 10)
LAC
Stat Type DEN
Away
Home
20
Points Scored
27
+10
ATS
-10
42 o
O/U
42 u
110
Rush Yds
210
35
Pass Attempts
31
60.00
Completion %
61.29
207
Passing Yds
293
317
Total Yds
503
1
Turnovers
5
Dec 6/15 (7 of 10)
LAC
Stat Type DEN
Home
Away
3
Points Scored
17
+5.5
ATS
-5.5
44.5 o
O/U
44.5 u
93
Rush Yds
134
35
Pass Attempts
26
51.43
Completion %
61.54
179
Passing Yds
159
272
Total Yds
293
3
Turnovers
1
Dec 14/14 (8 of 10)
LAC
Stat Type DEN
Home
Away
10
Points Scored
22
+4.5
ATS
-4.5
49 o
O/U
49 u
56
Rush Yds
111
41
Pass Attempts
22
58.54
Completion %
63.64
232
Passing Yds
226
288
Total Yds
337
2
Turnovers
0
Oct 23/14 (9 of 10)
LAC
Stat Type DEN
Away
Home
21
Points Scored
35
+9.5
ATS
-9.5
50.5 o
O/U
50.5 u
61
Rush Yds
139
41
Pass Attempts
35
73.17
Completion %
71.43
245
Passing Yds
286
306
Total Yds
425
2
Turnovers
0
Jan 12/14 (10 of 10)
LAC
Stat Type DEN
Away
Home
17
Points Scored
24
+7.5
ATS
-7.5
54.5 o
O/U
54.5 u
65
Rush Yds
133
27
Pass Attempts
36
66.67
Completion %
69.44
194
Passing Yds
230
259
Total Yds
363
0
Turnovers
2

Team Records

LAC
Record DEN
11-4
All
6-9
5-3
Home
3-4
6-1
Away
3-5
8-7
ATS
6-8-1
2-6
ATS Home
2-4-1
6-1
ATS Away
4-4
8-7
O/U
3-12
3-5
O/U Home
1-6
5-2
O/U Away
2-6
LAC
Record DEN
8-3
All
4-7
3-3
Home
2-3
5-0
Away
2-4
6-5
ATS
4-7
1-5
ATS Home
1-4
5-0
ATS Away
3-3
5-6
O/U
1-10
1-5
O/U Home
0-5
4-1
O/U Away
1-5
LAC
Record DEN
3-2
All
2-3
1-2
Home
1-1
2-0
Away
1-2
3-2
ATS
2-3
1-2
ATS Home
0-2
2-0
ATS Away
2-1
0-0
O/U
0-0
0-0
O/U Home
0-0
0-0
O/U Away
0-0
LAC
Record DEN
8-2
All
4-6
3-2
Home
1-3
5-0
Away
3-3
6-4
ATS
6-4
1-4
ATS Home
2-2
5-0
ATS Away
4-2
4-6
O/U
1-9
1-4
O/U Home
0-4
3-2
O/U Away
1-5

Gametime Weather

Weather
2:00 pm EST Partly Cloudy
9ºC / 49ºF
23% Humidity
0% Precipitation
58% Cloud Cover
Wind Impact Stadium Type Open
Field Image
Arrow Image 7
mph

Injuries

Name Position Inj Desc
No Injuries to Report
Name Position Inj Desc
No Injuries to Report

Last 10 Games

Date Opp Score SU Line/Total ATS OFF. RUSH OFF. PASS OFF. TOTAL DEF. RUSH DEF. PASS DEF. TOTAL TO
Dec 22, 2018BAL10-22L-4/42.5L/U511471981592023612
Dec 13, 2018KC29-28W+3.5/54.5W/O119288407602342942
Dec 9, 2018CIN26-21W-16.5/48.5L/U852032881441512950
Dec 2, 2018PIT33-30W+3/53.5W/O8528637165271336-1
Nov 25, 2018ARI45-10W-14/43W/O17823641462871490
Nov 18, 2018DEN22-23L-7/47L/U953844791082173252
Nov 11, 2018OAK20-6W-10/50.5W/U1132223351142033170
Nov 4, 2018SEA25-17W+1/48.5W/U160215375154202356-1
Oct 21, 2018TEN20-19W-6.5/46L/U47297344164226390-1
Oct 14, 2018CLE38-14W+1/47W/O246203449103214317-1
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Date Opp Score SU Line/Total ATS OFF. RUSH OFF. PASS OFF. TOTAL DEF. RUSH DEF. PASS DEF. TOTAL TO
Dec 24, 2018OAK14-27L-2.5/42.5L/U1002003001141592732
Dec 15, 2018CLE16-17L-1.5/47L/U322382701341753090
Dec 9, 2018SF14-20L-3/45.5L/U10317127484305389-1
Dec 2, 2018CIN24-10W-4/45W/U218143361111200311-2
Nov 25, 2018PIT24-17W+3/47.5W/U12418430875452527-4
Nov 18, 2018LAC23-22W+7/47W/U10821732595384479-2
Nov 4, 2018HOU17-19L-1/46.5L/U75273348981922901
Oct 28, 2018KC23-30L+9/53.5W/U189222411492913401
Oct 18, 2018ARI45-10W-1/42W/O13117830969154223-4
Oct 14, 2018LAR20-23L+7/50W/U602973572701744440
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