The Denver Broncos are coming off a loss they wish to forget. The hopeless looking New York Giants went to Denver on Sunday Night Football and defeated the Broncos by a score of 23-10. An embarrassing performance against a team that was coming in with a limp in their step. The Giants were previously winless, but surprisingly earned their first win on the road, in Denver of all places.
The sportsbooks cleaned up, with all the public money over the Broncos. Siding with the G-Men on the money line was more of a lottery ticket stab than anything else. If you took them straight-up, I tip my hat to you. The Giants probably won’t make any noise this season, but nonetheless Ben McAdoo will have that win to look back on.
Denver must regroup and set their sights on the LA Chargers in Week 7. It’s important not to allow a bad loss to carryover to the following week. That will be the goal for the Broncos in Los Angeles. A loss will send the Broncos to 3-3 on the year, not out of it by a long shot, but not an ideal start to the season. Trevor Siemian showcased why I think he’s nothing more than a younger Kyle Orton last week. He passed for a touchdown and 2 interceptions, including a pick-6 that almost felt was an early dagger late in the 2nd quarter.
Siemian exited the game after the play, as he tweaked his shoulder a bit, giving way to Brock Osweiler taking a couple of snaps to conclude the first-half. The last time Osweiler was any good he was a Bronco, but the Broncos would only like to go to him barring a serious injury to Siemian. He wasn’t limited in practice this week, so there shouldn’t be any setbacks for Siemian against the Chargers.
The Chargers played the Giants two weeks ago, beating them by a score of 27-22. They followed it up the following week with a 17-16 victory over the Raiders. So, after a 0-4 start, the Chargers have regrouped and didn’t allow the year to turn into a disaster. A win over the Broncos would signify an impressive turnaround. Head below for our thoughts and free Broncos vs. Chargers pick.
Denver Broncos vs. L.A. Chargers Betting Odds:
vs. Chargers +1(-110)
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The Bronco defense was okay last week, allowing 16 points to the Giants. It was just okay, to a team like the Giants, that’s too many points. They were humiliated on the ground, as they surrendered a staggering 117 yards to none other than Orleans Darkwa. So yeah, if you started Darkwa on your DFS team, you had to be looking pretty good. Who saw that coming? Orleans Darkwa, and the Giants’ offensive line who has been a mess, runs over the Broncos. They also had other issues, with practice squad receivers suiting up.
Perhaps it was a wake up call for the Broncos, but they have a better team on their hands in Week 7. Despite the poor performance against the Giants, the Broncos are still 1st in the NFL, with 261.8 yards allowed per game. They are also still 2nd allowing just 70.2 rushing yards per game, which made it all the more baffling last week on Sunday night. I really don’t think the Chargers wanted to see the Broncos coming off a performance like that. I believe they would have rather had them cruise to an easy win, and go to Los Angeles feeling overconfident.
The Chargers enter 18th in the NFL with 338.5 yards allowed per game. Denver is going to be dealing with several critical injuries in this game on Sunday. Seven or eight starters are listed as out or questionable. That includes Emmanuel Sanders, along with three offensive linemen. They’ve lost three right tackles in just five days, forcing them to go to the practice squad for reinforcements.
The Broncos are currently on the market looking for offensive line help. Linebacker Corey Nelson has been placed on the IR. Philip Rivers hasn’t been bad, with 10 touchdowns and 5 interceptions, including a 61.3 completion percentage. The Chargers do not get the Broncos off an easy win, but they do get a severely banged up Bronco squad. It should be a close one, and I see the Chargers ultimately coming out on top.
PICK: CHARGERS +1 (-110)