VSB Week 15 Game of the Week Predictions: Denver Broncos Vs San Diego Chargers

An AFC West Divisional Brawl! See What are Handicappers Recommend as They Set Out the Sports Betting Odds and Predicitons

Wow! This Sunday, don’t miss out on this important AFC West divisional when the Denver Broncos face the San Diego Chargers in Qualcomm Stadium. Our online Sportsbooks have the best odds ready for you, so don’t wait sign up now as we will be giving you an in-depth analysis and predictions accordingly.   

Denver Broncos (10-3)

Week 14 Top Performers:

  • Peyton Manning: 173 yards
  • CJ Anderson: 58 yards and three touchdowns
  • Wes Welker: 82 yards

Factors to consider:

  • In Week 14, Broncos barely won at home against the Bills 17-24; Manning struggled throughout the game as he did not complete a TD.
  • This week, they face a Chargers team that is desperate for a win
  • Broncos need a win to keep up with the Patriots for home field advantage in the playoffs
  • Manning has not been looking the same in the second half of the season; many thought he was unstoppable in the first half of the season, however that has worn off.

Offensive Expectations:       

  • Broncos offense have a good defense to deal with; Chargers are ranked 8th in pass defense and 14th in rush defense.
  • Expect CJ Anderson to have another big game
  • Despite the Chargers pass defense ranking, Manning will be successful in the passing game as Julius Thomas will be in full action on Sunday.

Defensive Expectations:

  • The Broncos defense has to put up with Philip Rivers who has an incredible December record, despite losing to the Patriots last week.
  • Biggest Challenge: Make Philip Rivers to throw the ball under pressure to create turnovers

San Diego Chargers (8-5)

Week 14 Top Performers:

  • Philip Rivers: 189 yards and one touchdown
  • Ryan Matthews: 44 yards
  • Malcom Floyd: 54 yards and one touchdown

Factors to consider: 

  • The Chargers are going through the two toughest weeks of the season; first facing the Patriots, now the Broncos. Luckily, these games are all at home.
  • Chargers are desperate for a win to keep up the AFC Wild Card
  • A win here would actually put them in game back from that top spot in the division

Offensive Expectations:       

  • Philip Rivers has a December record of 30-7, right behind Tom Brady (43-6) for the best in the NFL
  • The Chargers offense should expect a tough battle against a Broncos defense that is ranked 2nd in rush defense and 13th in pass defense
  • If they want to win this game, Rivers and the Chargers offense have to execute lots of passing plays, (Rivers> 300 yards)

Defensive Expectations:

  • Their defense has another tough QB to deal with (Peyton Manning)
  • Expect them to continuously put loads of pressure on Manning
  • They must also keep an eye on CJ Anderson who has been on fire even since he filled in for the injured Ronnie Hillman.

Denver Broncos (10-3) at San Diego Chargers (8-4)
When: Sunday, December 14th, 2014,
Time: 4:05pm (Eastern Time) 
Where:  Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California, USA
Opening NFL oddsDenver Broncos -3 ½  
NFL Betting Odds from: Bovada

Matchup Trends
Denver is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Denver is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Denver’s last 10 games
Denver is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
San Diego is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
San Diego is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games
San Diego is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
San Diego is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games at home
 
Week 16 Matchups
Denver at Cincinnati, Monday, December 22nd
San Diego at San Francisco, Saturday, December 20th
 
Sports Prediction
The Denver Broncos opened the lines as favorite going into Sundays game with 3 ½ point spread. Considering the situation, we think that this game can go either way. Philip River is red hot in December, and Manning not so much. Manning has shown a decline in the past couple of weeks. Though considering the high caliber of defenses for both team and a high Over/Under (50 ½), I would recommend going with the Under 50 ½ given by Bovada

Sports Betting Pick:  Under 50 ½  

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