Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers Betting Pick
Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos will try and claim a share of the AFC West Division lead this Monday night when they clash with the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. All the action is set to get underway at 8:30 p.m. (ET) and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
Denver is off to a 2-3 start both straight-up and against the spread. However, the three losses have come against Atlanta and Houston, which are a combined 10-0 and New England last Sunday in a 31-21 setback as a 5.5-point road underdog. The total has gone OVER in three of the five games.
With Manning now at the helm, there is no question about the Broncos' ability to put points on the board. The future Hall of Fame quarterback has this offense ranked ninth in the NFL in scoring with an average of 27 points a game. Denver is rushing for over 100 yards a game to complement a potent passing attack that is putting-up close to 300 yards each week. The defense has been shaky at times, but this is a team that will only continue to get better as the season progresses.
San Diego is coming off a 31-24 loss to New Orleans last Sunday night as a 3.5-point road underdog. The loss dropped its overall record to 3-2 SU and ATS. The total has gone OVER in three of its last four games.
The Chargers have avoided another dreaded slow start with a one-game lead in the division, but have yet to prove that they are really one of the elite teams in the AFC. Their three wins have come against teams with a combined record of 4-11 and they were soundly defeated by the Falcons 27-3 as three-point home favorites in Week 3. San Diego will always have the ability to find the end zone with Philip Rivers running the show, but there has been a lack of consistency on this side of the ball through the first five games. The defensive stats look good on paper, but this unit has been unable to come up with the big stops when needed the most.
Game Betting Trends
The Broncos are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against the AFC West but just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The total has gone OVER in four of their last five road games.
The Chargers are 7-0 ATS in their last seven games against the division and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The total has gone OVER in four of their last five games against the AFC West.
Head-to-head, the road team is 4-1-1 ATS in the last six meetings and the total has stayed UNDER in three of the last five games. The Broncos are 2-4 SU and 2-3-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
Manning continues to return to All-Pro form which spells bad news for San Diego on Monday night. This game should end-up as a shootout between two of the most prolific passers in the NFL, but when it is all said and done, the Broncos get the best of it this time around.
Denver 33 San Diego 30