Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver Broncos Betting – NFL Week 8, 2020

By Admir Aljic in NFL
| October 26, 2020 4:13 pm PDT

The Los Angeles Chargers returned to the winning ways after four consecutive losses with a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, and are slight favorites in this AFC West encounter with the Broncos. The Chargers improved to a 2-4 record, but are still way below the reigning champions Kansas City Chiefs, who are currently at 6-1.

The Denver Broncos failed to get the third straight victory as they suffered a massive home loss to the Chiefs, which was expected, though. Still, the Broncos’ defense displayed the worst performance in years in that loss, and the team now dropped to a 2-4 record, so the losing side from this encounter will drop to the bottom of the division. Take a look at my Chargers vs. Broncos betting prediction.

Chargers vs. Broncos Odds

Chargers -2.5-110
Broncos +2.5-110
Chargers to win-130
Broncos to win+129
Over 45-110
Under 45-110

Chargers Scored Season-High 39 Points in a Win Over Jags

The Los Angeles Chargers managed to snap a four-game losing skid with an exciting 39-29 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, thanks to an excellent third quarter, in which they scored 20 points. The Chargers totaled nearly 500 yards (484) and allowed only 294 on the other end, while they had even 29 first downs opposite Jacksonville’s 15.

Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert continues to impress as he completed 27 of 43 passes for 347 yards and three touchdowns, while he also added 66 yards on the ground along with one TD on nine carries. Keenan Allen led all the receivers with 125 yards on ten receptions, Jalen Guyton had 84 yards and a TD on two catches, while Virgil Green and Donald Parham Jr. also found the endzone. Safety Rayshawn Jenkins recorded eight tackles (seven solos).

The Chargers are the 21st team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 24.8 points per game, 5th in passing yards (281.3), 13th in rushing yards (124.5), while they have the 18th defense that allows 25.7 points per contest.

Broncos Allowed Season-High 43 Points in a Loss to Chiefs

The Denver Broncos displayed the worst defensive performance in years in a heavy 43-16 home defeat to the defending champions Kansas City Chiefs. Although this loss was anticipated, nobody expected the Broncos to allow 43 points at home. Quarterback Drew Lock had one of the weakest displays of his young career while running back Phillip Lindsay suffered a concussion and didn’t return to the game. Patrick Mahomes didn’t even have to spend a lot of time on the field as Lock’s interception led to a pick-six by Daniel Sorensen, while Byron Pringle scored on a kick return.

Lock completed 24 of 40 passes for 254 yards and two interceptions, but he did add one rushing touchdown in the opening quarter. Denver was excellent in running the ball though, as Lindsay ended the tilt with 79 yards on nine carries, while Melvin Gordon chipped in with 68 yards and a score on 17 carries, but lost two fumbles along the way. Rookie tight end Albert Okwuegbunam caught seven passes for 60 yards and led the Broncos’ receivers in a loss. Alexander Johnson had nine tackles (seven solos), while Malik Reed added a couple of sacks.

The Broncos are the 28th team in the NFL when it comes to the offense with 19.3 points per game, 26th in passing yards (209.2), 16th in rushing yards (113.7), while they have the 16th defense that allows 25.5 points per contest.

Chargers vs. Broncos Pick

Denver won five of the previous seven H2H encounters, and the Broncos’ H2H record of late is the biggest reason I am backing the hosts in this one. We will have a great battle between two young and talented quarterbacks, and I think Drew Lock will bounce back from a pale display against the Chiefs with multiple passing TDs against the Chargers. The hosts are slight underdogs here, but they won six of the last seven meetings at Empower Field at Mile High, and I am backing Denver to get a win and move from the bottom of the AFC West. If you’re going to bet on points, it’s important to know that each of the last six H2H duels went Under.

Pick
  • Denver Broncos to win
    +129

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