Broncos Look To Move One Step Closer To Clinching Top Seed On Thursday
The Denver Broncos are on a record-setting online sports betting pace through the first 14 weeks of the NFL season. Now that they have clinched a playoff berth, don’t expect them to slow down anytime soon. The Broncos have much bigger goals for this year, including locking up the top seed in the AFC in order to earn a bye and home field advantage for the playoffs. Next up is a San Diego Chargers’ team that they have won four-straight against, as Peyton Manning and the Broncos look to end any hopes that Phillip Rivers and company have of making the postseason on Thursday Night Football.
San Diego Chargers @ Denver Broncos
Thursday December 12, 2013 – 8:25 PM ET
Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
NFL Sports Betting Line: Denver – 10.5
The Chargers followed a three-game losing streak by winning two of their last three, but the damage has been done at this point. San Diego is still technically alive in the AFC playoff race, but they have struggled against some of the better offenses that they have faced, and Denver brings to the table the best of them.
NFL Betting Preview: San Diego Chargers
Rivers has thrown for 3,882 yards and 26 touchdowns this season, but that is only good enough for the league’s fourth-ranked passing attack. Keenan Allen has enjoyed a breakthrough year as the Chargers’ leading receiver, and veteran tight end Antonio Gates can still get the job done, but the San Diego offense has struggled with balance when it comes to moving the ball on the ground with consistency, and still hasn’t done enough in some big games this season. The Chargers’ defense has also had some big performances this year, including holding Denver to 28 points in the initial meeting between these teams. Six of San Diego’s seven losses have come by a single score, illustrating just how close this team is to enjoying a sustained level of success.
NFL Betting Preview: Denver Broncos
The Broncos have had little problem when it comes to sustained success with Manning, but the real test will come in the postseason, and for now it is about putting themselves in the best possible position to succeed when that time comes. Manning has thrown for 4,522 yards as well as 45 touchdowns, so he is already on the verge of shredding numerous quarterback records. The Denver defense has for the most part been as good as it has needed to be, as most games that hasn’t required much. The Chargers will give them another challenge this week, and it will be interesting to see how they fare in the rematch after holding them to 20 points in the initial clash.
NFL Betting Preview: Outlook & Pick
Playing in Denver won’t be easy, but San Diego did keep its first meeting with the Broncos within a single score, and should have a good chance to do the same this week as they fight to keep their season alive. The Chargers have a talented enough offense to put up some points in this game, and it makes sense to take the points in a game that they have to win outright in order to keep their slim playoff chances going. The Denver offense is operating at a record pace, but the defense isn’t good enough to shut down the San Diego offense, which will keep this online betting contest within reach.
NFL Betting Pick: San Diego Chargers + 10.5