Denver Broncos vs Los Angeles Chargers Week 16 Pick – NFL December 27

The NFL is set up with another great week of action as we near the postseason. Eleven games are up on the board throughout Sunday. One of these games will be between the Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Chargers. These two teams have struggled throughout this season, which has led to poor records. This game will kick off at around 4:05 PM Eastern time.

The Broncos have put up a record of 5-9 throughout this season, which has them sitting in third place of the AFC West. Denver has lost three of their last four games coming into this one, including a blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills last Saturday night. The Broncos will look to bounce back as they meet up with their division rival on Sunday afternoon.

Los Angeles has posted a record of 5-9 so far this season, which has them in fourth place of the AFC West. The Chargers have won back to back games coming into this one and will look to carry that momentum over on Sunday. Los Angeles is coming off a long week after playing on Thursday Night in Week 15. The Chargers will look to use that to their advantage in this one.

These two teams have both earned records of 5-9 throughout this season, but are looking to finish out the season strong. The Chargers have picked up their play and finished their last two games off, which has been an issue for them this season. The Broncos will look to knock off Los Angeles though after getting dominated a week ago.

Previous Matchups

These two teams met up back in Week 8 in Denver. Justin Herbert threw three touchdown passes as the Chargers jumped out to a 24-3 lead. Drew Lock had three passing touchdowns of his own, while Phillip Lindsay had a touchdown rush. The Broncos were able to pull off the comeback with a 31-30 win as the time expired.

Denver met up with the Buffalo Bills in Week 15. Melvin Gordon rushed for two touchdowns, while Drew Lock had a touchdown pass. Josh Allen had a huge night, throwing two touchdown passes and rushing for two more. Devin Singletary had a touchdown rush, while Jerry Hughes had a fumble return for a touchdown. Buffalo dominated for a 48-19 win to lock up the AFC East.

The Chargers faced off against the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday Night Football last week. Marcus Mariota had a touchdown pass and a rushing touchdown. Josh Jacobs had a touchdown run. Justin Herbert had two touchdown passes, while Kalen Ballage had a touchdown run. Herbert topped off the game winning overtime drive with a touchdown run in overtime as Los Angeles won 30-27.

The Broncos were able to earn a big win against the Chargers earlier in the season and will look to repeat that success in this one. Los Angeles will look to use the long week to their advantage as they look for a fast start. If the Chargers can jump out to another quick lead, they will need to do a better job holding on to it. I expect both teams to come out hot as they try and figure each other out in this one.

Quarterback Comparison

Drew Lock is the starting Quarterback for the Broncos this season and is back after missing time with injury earlier in the season. Lock has thrown for 2330 yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He has also rushed for 138 yards and 2 touchdowns. Last week Lock went 20-32 for 132 yards and a touchdown in the losing effort.

Justin Herbert has jumped onto the scene this season as the starter under center for Los Angeles. Herbert has thrown for 3781 yards, 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He has also rushed for 199 yards and 4 touchdowns. Herbert went 22-32 for 314 yards and 3 total touchdowns in last weeks win over the Raiders.

The Chargers have the edge in this one with Justin Herbert starting at Quarterback. Herbert has put up a really strong season so far and will look to earn a win on Sunday afternoon. Lock has been solid at times this season, but has struggled with interceptions. Lock lost a fumble last week and will need to avoid mistakes in this one if the Broncos want to pull off the upset.

Struggling Defenses

The Broncos have not been great on either side of the ball throughout this season. Denver has scored 276 points and gained 4527 yards of offense this season, which are both 28th in the league. The Broncos have given up 395 points to their opponents, which is 27th in the NFL. Denver has only allowed 5106 yards, which is 21st in the league.

Los Angeles has not been great on scoring or holding defenses this season, but they have done a good job in the yardage department. The Chargers have put up 327 points, which is 21st in the league this season. Los Angeles has gained 5381 yards, which is 7th in the NFL. The Chargers have given up 389 points and 4831 yards, which is 26th and 10th in the NFL.

The Chargers have done a great job at gaining yards and holding opponents to a low amount of yards, which gives them an edge over Denver. The Broncos have struggled on both sides of the ball this season, which they will look to fix in this one. Los Angeles will look to step up on defense to slow down Denver. If the Chargers can limit the Broncos running game, it could help them earn their third straight victory.

Pick Overview

The Broncos were able to earn a come from behind victory over Los Angeles earlier in the season, but have struggled since then. Denver has not gotten much going in the way of offense or defense this season. If the Chargers can move the ball well in this one, I think they can knock off the Broncos in this one. Los Angeles is coming off back to back victories and will look to build upon it as the season nears its finish.

BetOnline has the Chargers listed as a -3 ½ against the spread in this one. This gives a solid edge to Los Angeles coming into this one. The Chargers had a long week after playing on Thursday night, which I think will give them a big advantage in this one. Los Angeles had plenty of preparation coming into this one, which makes them an appealing pick on Sunday afternoon.

Los Angeles Chargers -3.5
Andruw Burling / Author

Andruw Burling has been writing sports picks since 2017, covering mainly NHL and NBA content, but doing work in other sports as well. Andruw grew up in Las Vegas and has been around sports since a young age. He grew up a huge NHL and NBA fan and continues to use that knowledge in his content today.