Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers Pick and Preview
- Updated: December 28, 2008
NFL Betting Preview
Denver Broncos (8-7) at San Diego Chargers (7-8)
Sunday, 8:15 pm Eastern – NBC
SBG Global Opening Line: Chargers – 8.5 , Total 50
The AFC West title will be on the line Sunday night as the San Diego Chargers host the Denver Broncos on NBC. The Broncos have collapsed in recent weeks allowing the Chargers back in the race and now it is San Diego that looks like a playoff team rather than Denver. The Broncos have been in first place in the division all season but a loss to the Chargers and it all means nothing. If the Broncos lose they would become the first team since division play began to blow a three-game lead with three weeks remaining.
“Unfortunately we’re not going to be able to go up there and take it easy,” Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall said. “We’re going to have to go up there in their back yard and prove to them that we’re better than them. They’re a good team, they’re playing better now, and they’ve got all the momentum.”
SBG Global reports that early NFL betting has the public taking Chargers at Home.
The Chargers are red-hot having won three straight games including last week’s 41-24 win at Tampa Bay. “We were 4-8. We could have shut it down,” said San Diego tight end Antonio Gates, “Honestly, you know, we could have said, ‘You know what, Denver ain’t going to lose three in a row.’ We could have taken that mind-set. But it was more about the San Diego Chargers and what we were trying to accomplish. Eventually that gave us a chance to sit here and play.” The Chargers have won big in the last two home games against Denver by a combined score of 71-23.
Earlier this season in Denver the Chargers lost to the Broncos because of a bad referee’s call but now that seems a distant memory as San Diego can get their revenge and win the division on Sunday. It could be an offensive shootout considering Denver has Jay Cutler throwing the ball all over the field while San Diego’s Phillip Rivers has been even better. Cutler broke Jake Plummer’s single-season franchise record with 4,210 yards in last week’s loss to the Bills. Cutler is headed to the Pro Bowl while Rivers is not. Rivers though has the better numbers as he leads the NFL in touchdowns and passer rating.
Here are the NFL betting stats for Sunday’s game. The Broncos are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 road games. The Broncos are 3-13-1 ATS in their last 17 vs. AFC West. The Broncos are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in December.
The Broncos are 0-4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between the two teams.
The Chargers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games in December. The Chargers are 20-7-4 ATS in their last 31 vs. the AFC West. The Chargers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games.
SBG Global Current Line: Chargers – 8.5 , Total 50.5
The Over is 9-3 in the Broncos last 12 vs. the AFC West. The Over is 9-4-1 in the Broncos last 14 road games. The Under is 4-0-1 in the Chargers last 5 home games. The Over is 4-1-1 in the Chargers last 6 vs. the AFC West. The Under is 7-3-1 in the Chargers last 11 games overall. The Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between the two teams.
Pick: Broncos 2 out of 5 units
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