|2014 NFL Divisional Round Playoff Odds & Spread: Chargers vs. Broncos|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Sunday, 12 January 2014 10:30|
Chargers vs. Broncos Odds
Denver is 13-3 on the season, 7-1 at home and 10-5-1 against the spread. San Diego is 10-7 overall, 5-4 on the road and 10-6-1 against the spread. These two split the season meetings, with the road team winning each contest this season.
Trends show that the road team is 6-0-1 against the spread in the last 7 games in this series and the Chargers are 10-4-2 against the spread in their last 16 meetings with Denver. These two have hit the over in 6 of their last 8 meetings in Denver.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Denver is the clear favorite at home, as the Broncos have odds of -9 points against the Chargers. The over/under total for the game has been set at 54 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had Denver favored by 10.5 points. The spread was never higher than that, as it quickly fell to 9 points. The over/under total opened at 55 points and slowly fell down to 54.
Since losing 27-20 to the Chargers on Dec. 12, the Broncos won their last two games by at least 20 points in each victory. The Broncos averaged an impressive 457.4 yards per game on offense this year, while the defense allowed 356 yards per contest. Peyton Manning set an NFL record for passing yards (5,477) and passing touchdowns (55) this season to lead Denver. Demaryius Thomas caught 92 passes for 1,430 yards and 14 touchdowns and three other receivers had at least 10 touchdown catches. The Denver defense has been led by Danny Trevathan, who has 128 tackles with two sacks and three interceptions, while Shaun Phillips has added 10 sacks.
San Diego is coming off an impressive 27-10 win at Cincinnati in last week’s Wild Card round. The Chargers have now won five straight entering this game, including the win at Denver. San Diego is averaging 393.3 yards per game on offense this season while the defense is giving up 366.5 yards per contest. The Chargers have been led this season by Philip Rivers, who has thrown for 4,478 yards and 32 touchdowns. Ryan Mathews has added 1,255 rushing yards, but he is listed as questionable for the game with a knee injury. Eric Weddle has led the San Diego defense with 115 tackles and two interceptions while Corey Liuget has added 42 tackles with 5.5 sacks.
In terms of Injuries, Denver defensive end Derek Wolfe (illness) and safety Rahim Moore (leg) are both out for this game. San Diego center Nick Hardwick (neck) and receiver Eddie Royal (toe) are both questionable.
The Public Bets for this game are currently backing the Chargers, as San Diego is getting 59% of the wagers with odds of +9 points at Denver on Sunday.