Following a very successful 4-1 week in Week 5 of the NFL season, I’ll look to keep the momentum going as we quickly approach on what promises to be a fascinating Week 6 of football action.
Recently these Thursday night games have been pretty big letdowns. Teams often don’t have enough time to give proper rest to their best players, and there are definite signs of both teams being tired and ill-prepared for their opposition. That said, any night with football on is a good night in my books, and the Week 6 version focuses on a key AFC West divisional showdown as the Broncos head to San Diego to do battle with the Chargers.
Denver enters this contest with a stellar 4-1 record, but are coming off a disappointing home loss to an upstart Atlanta Falcons team. While Paxton Lynch has promise, the Broncos will welcome back starting quarterback Trevor Siemian to the lineup tonight.
For the Chargers, it’s been a soul-crushing season so far if you’re a San Diego football fan. Amid the constant relocation rumours, the Chargers have actually been pretty good, but simply have not gotten favourable results. They’ve been in every football game and arguably could be 4-1 or even 5-0, but their fourth quarter collapses have let them down. It’s not going to get any easier this week either as they welcome a hungry Denver squad coming off their first loss of the year.
This should be a great game to start the week – these divisional showdowns always are. Read on below for a full game breakdown and analysis, as well as a betting pick to kick off your Week 6 between the Broncos and the Chargers.
Broncos vs. Chargers Betting Odds:
Denver Broncos -3 (-120)
@ San Diego Chargers +3 (+100)
Over 45 (-110)
Under 45 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Broncos vs. Chargers Pick:
Certainly Denver will be pleased to get starting QB Trevor Siemian back for this contest. Paxton Lynch was not quite ready last week vs. Atlanta, and it definitely cost the Broncos their perfect record. Granted, the Denver offensive line was a tad depleted against the Falcons, but that won’t be the case for Week 6 as it is expected that Donald Stephenson will return tonight.
While San Diego has some good pieces in their stop unit, especially with getting Joey Bosa back in the fold – the Broncos present a lot of unique challenges. They run the ball exceptionally well and right now the Chargers are quite depleted and banged up in their secondary. They are missing two of their three main guys at the cornerback position, and their safety play is suspect. Expect big outings from Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders tonight.
On offense for the Chargers, they don’t really have the personnel to beat the Broncos – not many teams do. Last week, Atlanta rolled out an intriguing blueprint in using their speedy backs – Coleman and Freeman, as primary pass-catchers out of the backfield. Without Danny Woodhead, San Diego will struggle to play that game and get Denver’s linebackers chasing. Right now, their offensive line is a disaster, and one that the Broncos should simply steamroll – led by the ferocious Von Miller. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see both Orlando Franklin and Joe Barksdale sit this one out for San Diego.
This will of course give Philip Rivers very limited time and space to do damage from the pocket. Even when he does spring free, there likely won’t be many open receivers downfield. Denver has an absolutely elite secondary and without much talent within the Chargers’ receiving corps, this game should be a breeze for the Broncos’ defense.
On Thursdays, with minimal time for preparation and rest, I typically like to roll with the better team, and that’s what we’ll do to kick off Week 6. Denver still is steaming from last week’s defeat to Atlanta, and they’ll look to put down a formidable divisional foe in San Diego. Denver matches up quite well with the depleted Chargers at the moment, and even though Gary Kubiak is currently hospitalized, look for their talent and experience to win out tonight. Denver -3 is the pick, and please make sure you get 3 points, not 3.5!
PICK = Broncos -3 (-120)