The Los Angeles Chargers (10-6) make the trip to the Mile High City to take on their division rival Denver Broncos (4-12) in the final game of the regular season. The Chargers could potentially close out the season on a five-game win streak and secure the fifth seed in the AFC with a win Sunday.
The Broncos nearly upset the Kansas City Chiefs last week falling just short with a 27-24 defeat. Meanwhile, Brandon Staley‘s Chargers continued their recent dominance with a 31-10 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams.
With one game left in the regular season, let’s take a look at Los Angeles vs Denver best bets, predictions, and betting tips.
Chargers vs Broncos Odds
The Chargers are slightly favored to come away with a win on the road as of Tuesday morning, Jan. 3, according to Caesars Sportsbook. The three-point cushion between the teams could be due to Denver’s inspiring performance against the AFC’s top seed last week, as well as the first game between these two squads.
Chargers vs Broncos Implied Totals
Chargers 21.75, Broncos 18.75
The two teams put up a similar scoreline when they played back on Oct. 17 in Los Angeles. The Chargers just squeezed by in overtime with a 19-16 victory and oddsmakers are clearly using the Week 6 matchup as a benchmark for predicting this game.
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Chargers vs Broncos Prediction
Chargers 24, Broncos 15
Los Angeles will have a good shot to sweep the season series on Sunday for the first time since the 2010-2011 season. Staley confirmed Justin Herbert and the rest of the Chargers’ starters would be playing with hopes of securing a less difficult opponent in the first round of the playoffs.
Herbert and Austin Ekeler continued their stellar seasons during last week’s win, contributing two touchdowns apiece during the Los Angeles derby. Additionally, Derwin James and the Chargers’ defense have gone to another level combining for 10 sacks, three interceptions, and just 13 points over the last two games.
With Broncos’ quarterback Russell Wilson in the midst of his worst season, Los Angeles can surely force several errors on the former All-Pro.
Despite the Broncos’ rough season, interim head coach Jerry Rosburg nearly coached his team to a win against the Chiefs last weekend. Wilson finished with one of his best games in a Bronco uniform with three total touchdowns including two on the ground.
Denver could still look to win this game seeing as they do not own the right to its first-round pick in next year’s draft, but still, the Chargers’ talent should be enough to prevail.
Chargers vs Broncos Bet Tips
Here are a few Chargers vs Broncos betting trends to consider before making your bets:
- The Chargers are 10-5-1 against the spread and 6-2 as the away team.
- The Broncos are 7-9 ATS and 6-3 as underdogs.
- The Over is 5-10-1 in Chargers’ games and just 1-4 in division games.
- The Over is 5-11 in Broncos’ games including 2-5 as the home team.
Chargers vs Broncos Best Bets
Under 40.5 Points (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
The Chargers will have no incentive to jump out to a large lead or keep their starters in after a certain point in the contest. With how strong the defense has looked in recent weeks, Denver will surely struggle to score and this should end as a fairly low-scoring affair.
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Broncos: Under 17 Points (+112) at Caesars Sportsbook
WAGER: 1 Unit
The Broncos have proven that they are prone to mistakes throughout this season. While Wilson did have one of his better games last week, the 10-year veteran has been highly inconsistent on a week-to-week basis.
The Chargers also rank second in opponent yards per game over the last three weeks, allowing just 244.7 yards per game.
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