Free Week 8 Prediction: Chargers vs. Broncos NFL Odds
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NFL Handicapping: Week 8
(2-4) Los Angeles Chargers vs. Denver Broncos (2-4)
Date: Sunday, November 1st, 2020
Time: 4:05 p.m.
Venue: Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado
NFL Week 8 ATS Betting Lines: Chargers -3
NFL Week 8 Moneyline Odds: Los Angeles -165, Denver +155
NFL Week 8 NFL Betting Total: O/U 44
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We have an AFC West divisional matchup on our hands this weekend as the Chargers travel to Colorado to take on the Broncos at home in Week 8 of the NFL season.
Justin Herbert picked up his first win as the Chargers QB last week and will try to bring that momentum into this one in Denver.
The Broncos are coming off a loss to the Chiefs 43-16 where nothing went in their favor the entire game.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers picked up their first win since their 2020 debut when Tyrod Taylor was the quarterback. Los Angeles lit up the Jaguars 39-29 thanks to some big-time throws from their rookie QB.
Justin Herbert had the game of his career so far this past week as threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns. He also led the team in rushing with 67 yards on the ground against the Jags. Despite the injuries to the offense Herbert has been able to do a very good job putting up points because of how good of a QB he is.
Herbert on the year has completed 124 of 184 passes for 1542 yards to go along with 12 touchdowns and 3 interceptions in five games as the starter. He leads all rookies in completion percentage with 67.4% of passes completed and has surpassed Joe Burrow for the rookie lead in TD passes, even though he has played two fewer games.
Los Angeles is going to need to generate some kind of running game this week as it was pretty bad against the Jaguars. Justin Herbert led the rushing attack against Jacksonville and he’s not known for being a mobile QB. Joshua Kelly has struggled since taking over the starting role from Austin Eckler and they need him to be better.
Kelly has averaged just 2.03 yards per carry over the last three games and hasn’t rushed for over 30 yards since Eckler went down with an injury. As a team, the Chargers are averaging just 97.33 rushing yards per game since Eckler went down so they are going need some better production out of the RB position.
Denver is coming off a brutal loss to Kansas City in which nothing went their way. To be fair it was snowing in Mile High, but that should be no excuse with that being the Bronco’s home stadium.
Drew Lock struggled to move the ball downfield in the snow as he completed just 24 of his 40 passes on the day. Lock finished the game throwing for 254 yards, zero touchdowns, and two interceptions. Hopefully, you can blame this game on being snowy, but he has not looked great over the last two weeks as he has thrown zero touchdowns and four interceptions.
The Broncos have the second-most offensive turnovers in the league with 14 on the season.
Defensively, the Broncos are giving up 25.5 points per game which is good for 16th in the NFL. FS Justin Simmons has been the highlight of this defensive unit as it seems like he’s involved with almost every big play. He leads the team in takeaways with two on the season and has been a wrecking ball for opposing offenses.
NFL Betting Trends:
- LA Chargers are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.
- LA Chargers are 4-14 SU in their last 18 games against Denver.
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of LA Chargers’ last 7 games on the road.
- LA Chargers are 1-6 SU in their last 7 games when playing on the road against Denver.
- Denver is 2-4 SU in their last 6 games.
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Denver’s last 5 games against the LA Chargers.
- The total has gone UNDER in 13 of Denver’s last 18 games at home.
- Denver is 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing at home against LA Chargers.
- Denver is 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games this season.
4* Free NFL Betting Prediction: Broncos +3
I think I’m going to have to ride with the home underdog as too many people are loving the Chargers. Los Angeles is missing 8 offensive starters from opening day and is still managing to find ways to put points up there. Denver has a great pass defense and they can eliminate opportunities that Herbert will have downfield. The Broncos are going to force the Chargers to run the ball and they have struggled to do so over the last month. Drew Lock needs a good performance or his job may be in jeopardy. He hasn’t thrown a passing touchdown since week one, but you cut him some slack because he did miss time with a shoulder injury. Give me the Broncos to bounce back and get the win.
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