The NFL is set up with another great week of action on Sunday. Twelve games will be up on the board throughout the day. One of the games will be between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Denver Broncos. These two teams have struggled to open up the season, but will meet for the first time this season. This game will kick off at around 4:05 PM Eastern time.
Los Angeles has earned a record of 2-4 throughout the season, which has them in third place of the AFC West. The Chargers are coming off their first win since Week 1, which they will look to build upon against a struggling Broncos team. Los Angeles has looked good throughout this season, but have not been able to finish. The Chargers will look to turn it around before it is too late.
The Broncos have put up a record of 2-4 as well, which has them tied for third place in the AFC West. Denver has struggled quite a bit throughout this season, which has them struggling at the bottom of the division. The Broncos will look to earn a nice win at home against a division opponent to help get them closer to a playoff spot.
These two teams have struggled to open up the new season. Los Angeles has looked much better through six games this season, but this will be Justin Herbert’s first time traveling to Denver. The Broncos had won two games in a row before losing last week and will look to grab their third win in four games with a victory in this one.
The Chargers and the Broncos met up twice throughout last season. The first game was in Los Angeles in Week 5. Phillip Lindsay rushed for a touchdown, while Joe Flacco threw a touchdown to Courtland Sutton. The Broncos jumped out to a 17-0 lead. Desmond King had a punt return for a touchdown. Denver held off the Charger to earn a 20-13 win.
The second game of the season was in Denver in Week 13. Philip Rivers threw two passing touchdowns to Austin Ekeler and Keenan Allen. Courtland Sutton caught two touchdown passes from Drew Lock. These two teams went back and forth throughout the game. Michael Badgley tied the game late in the fourth, but Brandon McManus kicked the game winner as time expired to give the Broncos a 23-20 win.
Los Angeles met up with the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. James Robinson had a receiving touchdown and a rushing touchdown. Gardner Minshew threw two touchdown passes, but the Jaguars came up short. Justin Herbert threw for three touchdown passes and rushed for another. The Chargers were able to dominate hold on for a 39-29 win at home.
The Broncos met up with the Kansas City Chiefs last week. Drew Lock and Melvin Gordon both had rushing touchdowns, but it was not enough for Denver. Chad Henne and Clyde Edwards-Helaire both had rushing touchdowns. The Chiefs had a pick six and a kickoff return for a touchdown. Kansas City was able to dominate for a 43-16 win.
Justin Herbert has broken through as the Chargers starting Quarterback. Herbert has thrown for 1542 yards, 12 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Herbert has also rushed for 121 yards and 2 touchdowns. Last week, Herbert went 27-43 for 347 yards and 3 touchdowns. He rushed for another 66 yards and a touchdown in the win.
Drew Lock is the starting QB for the Broncos. Lock has only started four games as he has gone down with injury this season. Lock has passed for 679 yards, 1 touchdown and 4 interceptions and another rushing touchdown. Lock went 24-40 for 254 yards, 1 rushing touchdown and 2 interceptions in last weeks loss. Denver needs Lock to step up in this one.
Los Angeles has the edge in this one as Herbert has flown onto the scene for them and shows no sign of slowing down. If Herbert can continue to pick apart defenses, it should be enough to dominate a beaten up Broncos defense. Lock has struggled after a strong finish to last season. The Broncos will need him to find his rhythm again if they want to save their season.
Offense vs Defense
The Chargers offense has shown moments of brilliance throughout this season. Los Angeles has scored 149 points this season, while gaining 2435 yards of offense. Those numbers are 21st and 4th respectively in the league this season. Los Angeles has allowed 154 points and 2197 yards to their opponents, which is 18th and 19th in the league.
Denver has struggled to get their offense going this season. The Broncos have scored 116 points and 1937 yards, which are both 28th in the NFL this season. Denver has held their opponents to 153 points and 2035 yards, which is 16th and 8th in the league. The Broncos will need their defense to shut down Herbert if they want a chance to earn the win in this one.
These two teams have not put up the best records this season, but the Chargers have done well on offense, while the Broncos have been able to stop opponents. I expect this game to come down to Los Angeles’ offense vs Denver’s defense. If Herbert can dominate the Broncos, it could be enough to give the Chargers their second win in a row.
The Broncos have won six of their last seven games against the Chargers at home and swept Los Angeles last season. I think the Chargers have looked like the better team this season and I believe they can beat Denver on the road. Herbert is coming in hot off his first career win and I think he will carry that momentum into this one.
BetOnline has Los Angeles listed as a -3 ½ against the spread on Sunday afternoon. This gives a solid edge to the Chargers as they look to earn a big win on Sunday. I agree with this line as Los Angeles has looked like a better team than their record shows this season. If the Chargers can continue to break through, it should be enough to knock off the Broncos.