Chargers vs. Broncos Total Prediction
The Chargers still have an opportunity to win the AFC West and clinch the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC but will need to beat the Broncos on Sunday and get some help from the Raiders. Will the Bolts-Broncos matchup in Denver be low-scoring this weekend?
327 Los Angeles Chargers at 328 Denver Broncos
4:25 p.m. ET, Sunday, December 30
Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, CO
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Chargers are 6.5-point favorites to beat the Broncos. The total, meanwhile, sits at 42 points. As of this writing, 66% of the public betting tickets are on the Chargers to cover the point spread.
Los Angeles Chargers
Coach Anthony Lynn confirmed Monday the Chargers will be playing starters in Week 17 against the Broncos. The Chargers are coming off a home loss to Baltimore. "We’re going into this game no different than any other game," Lynn confirmed. "We’re not worrying about resting people. We’re trying to win the game. Herm Edwards said it best – you play to win." Expect all hands on deck, even banged-up Melvin Gordon (knee) and Keenan Allen (hip) as the Broncos play the role of Week 17 spoiler.
Coach Vance Joseph confirmed Phillip Lindsay will undergo wrist surgery and is done for the season. Lindsay has ligament damage after getting hurt Christmas Eve night in Oakland. He's expected to be sidelined 4-6 months with a "serious" injury. Still, as long as all goes as planned, Lindsay should be ready well in advance of training camp next year and should head into 2019 as an early-round fantasy target in what is expected to be a new offense with Joseph likely on his way out.
NFL Betting Trends
The over is 6-2-1 in the Chargers’ last nine games after accumulating less than 150 yards passing in their previous contest.
The under is 13-3 in the Broncos’ last 16 home games versus an opponent with a winning road record.
The over is a perfect 4-0 in the last four meetings between these two teams in Denver. The over is also 10-2 in the Chargers’ last 12 games played in Week 17, is 4-1 in their last five games coming off a loss and is 5-2 in their last seven road games. The Broncos don’t have much of an offense, especially with Lindsay out, but the Chargers should do most of the heavy lifting in this one.
NFL Week 17 Prediction: Chargers/Broncos over 42