Broncos vs. Chargers Week 5 Prediction
The Chargers are laying 6.5 points to AFC West rivals the Broncos on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET. Will winless Denver cover as a road underdog or will the Bolts roll given the Broncos’ offensive issues?
471 Denver Broncos (+5.5) at 472 Los Angeles Chargers (-5.5); O/U 44.5
4:05 p.m. ET, Sunday, October 6, 2019
Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, CA
Public Betting Trends
According to our NFL Football Public Betting Chart page, the Chargers are receiving 62% of the betting tickets from online sportsbooks.
Denver Broncos Fantasy Spin
Joe Flacco completed 22-of-38 passes for 303 yards, three touchdowns and an interception in the Broncos' 26-24, Week 4 loss to the Jaguars. Flacco delivered some accurate strikes to Emmanuel Sanders and Courtland Sutton alike in the first half. He struggled for a bit after the hot start before efficiently leading the offense on a 75-yard scoring drive in six plays to briefly give the Broncos the lead with just 92 seconds remaining. It was ultimately not enough to get the win. Flacco wasn't terrible on Sunday, but his statue-esque nature in the pocket never does the Broncos’ offensive line any favors, as even the smallest sign of pressure typically results in a throwaway. Up next for Flacco is the Chargers.
Los Angeles Chargers Fantasy Spin
ESPN's Eric Williams reports the Chargers will split carries between Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler. Coach Anthony Lynn stated, "Whenever (Gordon) is ready to go, he will be the No. 1 guy and get the bulk of the snaps. But obviously he's not there right now." Gordon himself said when asked about his role, "I don't really know, but I'm eager to find out ... I think it will be a lot of me and Austin flipping -- me going in, and then him going in -- flip-flopping. We'll be splitting the ball a lot." Fire up both Gordon and Ekeler as RB2s this week.
NFL Betting Trends
The Broncos are 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games overall.
The Chargers are 4-1 against the number in their last five games versus AFC West.
The Broncos are 6-2 against the number in their last eight road games versus the Bolts while the road team is just 12-4-2 against the spread in the last 18 meetings between these two teams. While the Broncos are winless, they could easily be 2-2 instead of 0-4. They should have beaten the Bears and were one defensive stop away from knocking off the Jaguars last week. Not that Denver is good, mind you, but there’s some value in the Broncos’ line on Sunday.
NFL Week 5 Prediction: Denver Broncos +5.5