Date/Time: November 10th, 4:25 PM ET
Spread: Broncos -7
The Denver Broncos probably have a playoff spot just about locked up at this point in the AFC. They can essentially eliminate the San Diego Chargers on Sunday when these two teams meet at Qualcomm Stadium in a huge AFC West showdown.
The Broncos just continue to roll right along, putting up numbers the likes of which we have never seen before. Through half of the season, QB Peyton Manning has 2,919 yards and 29 TDs, though he is going to have to take a new role right now as well. He is essentially going to be the team’s offensive coordinator now that Head Coach John Fox is now recovering from heart surgery and won’t be back with the team for at least a few more weeks. Still, he has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal. The former Tennessee Volunteer has four receivers with at least 451 yards and all four have at least 39 receptions. Three men are on a pace for at least 10 TDs, and we wouldn’t be all that shocked in the end if four had at least 10 trips to the Promised Land. Is the defense fantastic for Denver? No, it isn’t. However, when you’re averaging scoring 42.9 points per game on the season, you can afford to give up 27.2 points per game.
This is the most crucial game of the year to date for the Bolts. They are coming off of an emotional loss to the Washington Redskins last week in a game that they probably should have won, and they are taking on what probably amounts to be the best team in the NFL off of its bye week. There are still four games that are left to play against these Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs, and if all holds serve, that would leave the Chargers at best at 8-8, and that’s if they were able to beat the Dolphins on the road and the Bengals, Giants, and Raiders at home. None of that is a given by any stretch of the imagination. QB Philip Rivers definitely needs some help. He is completing 72.2 percent of his passes and has a 106.5 quarterback rating, and numbers like that should have the team at a lot better than 4-4. Still, there are only three rushing touchdowns this year to speak of, and in the end, the defense has failed at the most crucial moments of just about every game it has played.
The Broncos coming off of their bye week have to be the right choice in this one. San Diego just isn’t all that special, and we think that it is going to have some problems with the best teams that it faces in the league. The Chargers still might get into the playoffs, but they aren’t going to do so because they beat Denver.
Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers Pick: Denver Broncos -7
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