Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers - 1/3/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers - 1/3/16 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

San Diego Chargers (4-11) at Denver Broncos (10-4)

NFL Football: Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 4:25 pm (Sports Authority Field at Mile High)

The Line: Denver Broncos -7 -- Over/Under: 40 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos meet Sunday afternoon at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

The San Diego Chargers have not won four or less games since the 2003 season. Philip Rivers is completing 66.5 percent of his passes for 4,564 yards, 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Rivers has four touchdown passes in his last three games. Danny Woodhead and Antonio Gates have combined for 1,300 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Malcom Floyd has 30 receptions. The San Diego Chargers ground game is averaging 83.2 yards per contest, and Melvin Gordon leads the way with 641 yards on 184 carries. Defensively, San Diego is allowing 24.7 points and 352.5 yards per game. Eric Weddle leads the Chargers with 77 tackles, Melvin Ingram has 9.5 sacks and Jason Verrett has 11 pass deflections. Eric Weddle, Jason Verrett and King Dunlap are questionable.

The Denver Broncos hope to lock up a bye in the first round with a victory. Brock Osweiler is completing 61.7 percent of his passes for 1,735 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. Osweiler has four passing touchdowns in his last two games. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders have combined for 2,223 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Owen Daniels has 45 receptions. The Denver Broncos ground game is averaging 100.5 yards per contest, and Ronnie Hillman leads the way with 746 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Denver is allowing 18.4 points and 280.9 yards per game. Brandon Marshall leads the Broncos with 102 tackles, Von Miller has 10 sacks and Aqib Talib has 13 pass deflections. Omar Bolden, Peyton Manning and Darian Stewart are questionable.

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The Broncos are still playing for a bye in the first round of the playoffs, so everybody will be ready to go. That's bad news for the Chargers and Rivers, who plays with almost no weapons and has a brutal offensive line. The Broncos defense is going to have their way with the Chargers here. 

Denver should win this game by double digits rather easily. 

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Randy’s Pick Denver Broncos -7

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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