Vegas Sports Betting NFL Odds And Predictions: San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos

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San Diego Chargers (5-2)

Week 7 Top Performers:

  • Philip Rivers: 205 yards and two touchdown
  • Brandon Olivier: 67 yards
  • Antonio Gates: 61 yards and a touchdown

Factors to consider:

  • Short rest, only three days to prepare (Sunday to Thursday) as they play on the road
  • Coming off a week 7 home loss against their divisional rivals, the Kansas City Chiefs
  • Playing on the road
  • Philip Rivers has no problem playing in cold conditions (Denver)
  • A win for the Chargers will put them on the top spot of the AFC West

Offensive Expectations:

  • Going Up against one of the best rushing defenses in the NFL (Broncos ranked 3rd in rushing yards allowed)
  • Chargers offense to be more involved in their passing game, and not in the running game
  • Chargers suffering from running back injuries; Leading RB, Rookie Brandon Olivier <100 yards

Defensive Expectations:

  • Going up against one of the best offenses in the NFL (Broncos ranked 4th in total offense (YPG))
  • Biggest challenge: Stopping Peyton Manning in Denver
  • Despite being ranked #3 in pass defense (209.6 yards allowed per game), Peyton Manning will be throwing well over 209.6 yards

Denver Broncos (5-1)

Week 7 Top Performers:

  • Peyton Manning:318 yards and four touchdowns
  • Ronnie Hillman: 74 yards and two touchdowns
  • Demaryius Thomas: 171 yards and two touchdowns
  • Peyton Manning records 510 career touchdowns and passes Brett Favre’s NFL all-time career touchdown record (508 TDs)

Factors to consider:  

  • Coming off a big week 7 home win against the San Francisco 49ers
  • Peyton Manning touchdown record to continue (Currently: 510 TDs)  
  • Although they will be getting a short rest from Sunday Night to Thursday Night, they will be staying in Denver for those three days, giving them a rest advantage going into Thursday night’s game against the Chargers  
  • Playing at home against a divisional rival
  • Denver needs a win to hold that 1st place position in the AFC West

Offensive Expectations:       

  • Going Up against the #5 total defense in the NFL (Chargers ranked 3rd in pass defense )
  • Peyton Manning expected have roughly more than 300 yards and 3 touchdowns, regardless of the Chargers high ranked pass defense (allowing 209.6 yards)
  • Ronnie Hillman to have similar performance than in week 7
  • Demariyus Thomas will be the #1 target catching for more than 100 yards and a TD.

Defensive Expectations:

  • Going up against a tough passionate quarterback, that being Philip Rivers
  • Broncos defense ranked 3rd in rush defense; Stopping the Chargers rush offense to less than 80 yards, considering the Chargers running back injuries.
  • Expect three or more sacks from the Denver defense including two interceptions.

San Diego Chargers (5-2) at Denver Broncos (5-1)
When: Thursday, October 23th, 2014,

Time: 8:25pm (Eastern Time)
Where: Sports Authority Field, Denver, Colorado, USA

Opening NFL oddsDenver Broncos -7

NFL Betting Odds from: Bovada

Matchup Trends
San Diego is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
San Diego is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
San Diego is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of San Diego’s last 9 games
Denver is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Denver is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Denver’s last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Denver’s last 5 games at home
Week 9 Matchups
San Diego at Miami, Sunday, November 2nd
Denver at New England, Sunday, November 2nd

Sports Prediction
The Denver Broncos opened as favorites coming into Thursday Night’s day; the spread opened at -7. Our Vegas Sports Betting team thinks that the Broncos should have no problem getting this victory at home considering the circumstances. Although the chargers are a tough opponent, Peyton Manning and his offense should have no problem covering the spread, especially when their playing at home. That being said, we advise you to take Denver Broncos -7 ½ provided by Bovada. Thank You for choosing Vegas Sports Betting for your betting need.  

Sports Betting Pick:  Denver Broncos -7 ½


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