Thursday Night Football – Week 6 – Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers – Free Preview and Betting Prediction
The Broncos will head Qualcomm Stadium to take on the Chargers in a game that will be crucial for both teams. It should be one of the most competitive games on TNF so far year. At least we hope so; fans have seen a lot of duds lately.
The odds opened with the Broncos as road favorites at -3 and the total at 46 points. Almost 70 percent of wagers have been placed on Denver so far. The total has seen its betting action down the middle for the most part, but in the past 24 hours more have been interested in the over.
The odds at BetOnline as of this writing are Denver Broncos -3.5 (+100) and San Diego Chargers +3.5 (-120). The total is at 45.5 points with the o45.5 (-105) and u45.5 (-115).
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The Broncos – Siemian Should Be Ready
Denver lost their first game of the season last week against the visiting Falcons. It was also their first game without starting quarterback Trevor Siemian. Rookie Paxton Lynch started for the injured Siemian and did not have his best outing. Siemian was tabbed as one of the league’s least talented starters before the season began but has been above-average in action this season.
Siemian went down with a shoulder injury in Denver’s Week 4 victory against the Buccaneers but is expected to play in Thursday’s contest barring a setback.
The Broncos rarely lose at home, but Atlanta did beat them at Mile High last week to bring their overall season record to 4-1. That still good enough to be tied for first in the AFC West with the Oakland Raiders.
The Broncos don’t have too many injuries on either side of the ball. However, their head coach, Gary Kubiak, will not make it to Thursday’s game after being hospitalized and diagnosed with a complex migraine condition.
The Chargers – Reeling From Injuries
San Diego has a 1-5 record on the year after losing 34-31 in Oakland to the Raiders last week. The Chargers aren’t a playoff team by any stretch, but they have lost their last two games by a combined four points in the past two weeks.
Injuries have also played a part in their struggles so far. San Diego lost All-Pro cornerback Jason Verrett for the season with a torn ACL back in the beginning of the month. They also lost their top wide receiver, Keenan Allen, to the same injury back in Week 1.
Their secondary took another hit with cornerback Brandon Flowers getting knocked out with a concussion. Flowers hasn’t played in two straight games and is expected to miss his third straight on Thursday night.
Casey Hayward is their only starting cornerback left. He has played well this season but wasn’t able to stop Amare Cooper and Michael Crabtree from lighting up the secondary last week at Oakland. The Chargers will face a similar test this week from Broncos’ wide receivers, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuelle Sanders.
This game isn’t one of my favorites on the week, but depending on how the odds shape up, the plays may be more viable as we get closer to kickoff. As most bettors should know, there’s a big difference between -3 and -3.5. At BetOnline’s current price of +3.5, we’re looking at the Chargers, although, that could change.
Denver would like this one to keep pace in the division, but it’s San Diego’s that has their back against the wall. A loss in this game would almost surely take them completely out of the playoff race, even this early in the season.
As I mentioned above, the Bolts are an underrated team, despite their record. In a divisional contest, I’ll take the team that is still underrated and is getting the points.
Pick: Chargers +3.5