The Los Angeles Chargers (4-7) travel to Colorado this weekend for an AFC West clash with the Denver Broncos (3-8). Kickoff is set for 4:25 PM EST on December 1st at Empower Field and the game will be televised on CBS.
Oddsmakers opened this game up with the Broncos listed as 2.5-point home underdogs. The spread has increased by half a point after early betting, as Denver is currently available at +3. The total for this matchup is 38 points. Click here for a full look at the Week 13 NFL odds and for more links to our individual game previews.
Broncos vs Chargers Game Odds & Betting Preview
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers couldn’t find a way to get past Kansas City their last time out, falling 24-17 at home to drop to 4-7 on the season overall. Los Angeles trailed 10-9 at the half and couldn’t find a way to pull off a comeback over the final two quarters of the game, getting outscored 14-8 down the stretch. QB Philip Rivers really struggled, throwing four interceptions and going 28/52 for 353 passing yards and one touchdown. RB Melvin Gordon led the way on the ground, rushing for 69 yards on a team-high 14 carries. Austin Ekeler also chipped in, making eight catches for a team-high 108 receiving yards. As a whole, the Chargers gained well over 400 total yards of offense but found the end zone just once in the loss.
Los Angeles was fairly solid defensively against the high-flying Chiefs, surrendering just over 300 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. However, the Chargers did struggle to contain Kansas City TE Travis Kelce, allowing him to rack up seven receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown.
The Broncos dropped their second consecutive game last weekend after losing 20-3 on the road against Buffalo. Denver gave up six unanswered points in the first half and never recovered, scoring just a single field goal the entire game. QB Brandon Allen didn’t play well, going just 10/25 for 82 passing yards and getting picked off once. Phillip Lindsay couldn’t find much running room on the ground, rushing for only 57 yards. Courtland Sutton led the way for the receiving corps, hauling in just one reception for 27 yards. Overall, the Broncos generated well under 200 total yards of offense against a tough Bills defense.
Denver had a decent outing on the other side of the ball against the Bills, giving up just two touchdowns despite getting tagged for over 400 total yards of offense. However, the Broncos couldn’t find a way to slow down Buffalo RB Devin Singletary, as he rushed for 106 yards on a team-high 21 carries.
Free NFL Betting Predictions and Pick: Chargers -3
There certainly isn’t a lot to get excited about either side against the spread in this AFC West showdown, as both teams have been pretty underwhelming this season. The Chargers keep finding ways to lose games late while the Broncos offense has put up just 85 total points over their last six outings combined – under 15 points per game. While I certainly wouldn’t argue against avoiding this matchup entirely, I don’t mind Los Angeles against the spread as long as the spread doesn’t move up at all before kickoff. Three points is the absolute maximum I would lay in this spot, as posting 3.5 would be a sub-optimal play in a game that could easily be decided by a late field goal.
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Siding with the Chargers is more about not having any faith in Brandon Allen at quarterback rather than any sort of vote of confidence in a Los Angeles squad that is just 3-7-1 against the spread. However, Rivers and Co. did find a way to grind out a cover in their last trip to Empower Field, winning 23-9 in a game they were favored to win by only seven points. Of course, the UNDER on 38 total points scored is worth a look as well, especially since both offenses have really had a difficult time putting up points this year. Even so, I think I’ll stick with the Chargers against the spread here in Week 13 – give me Los Angeles to cover!