NFL Picks Week 16: Los Angeles Chargers vs Denver Broncos 12/27/20 NFL Picks, Odds, Predictions

NFL Picks Week 16: Los Angeles Chargers vs Denver Broncos 12/27/20 NFL Picks, Odds, Predictions Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Denver Broncos (5-9) at Los Angeles Chargers (5-9)

NFL Football: Sunday, December 27, 2020 at 4:05 pm (SoFi Stadium)

The Line: Los Angeles Chargers -3 -- Over/Under: 48.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Los Angeles Chargers face off with the Denver Broncos in a week 16 AFC West division matchup from SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon.

The Denver Broncos will look to make some headway in the standings, sitting at 5-9 following a 48-19 loss to Buffalo on Saturday last time out. Drew Lock has thrown for 2,330 yards, 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions on 57.7% passing while Melvin Gordon III has a team-high 814 rushing yards with 8 TDs and Phillip Lindsay has 502 rushing yards this season. Tim Patrick leads Denver’s receiving group with 657 yards and 6 touchdowns while Jerry Jeudy has 655 receiving yards and Noah Fant has a team-high 52 catches for 560 yards and 3 scores. KJ Hamler also has 381 receiving yards for the Broncos. On defense, Alexander Johnson leads the Broncos with 110 solo tackles while Justin Simmons has a team-high 73 solo tackles along with 4 interceptions. Bradley Chubb leads the Broncos with 7.5 sacks while Malik Reed has 6.5 sacks and DeMarcus Walker has 4.5 sacks this season.

The Los Angeles Chargers also sit at 5-9 after pulling off a 30-27 overtime win over the Las Vegas Raiders last time out. Justin Herbert has thrown for 3,781 yards, 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions on 66.5% passing while Austin Ekeler leads the Chargers on the ground with 467 rushing yards and Joshua Kelley comes in 2nd with 354 rushing yards this season. Keenan Allen leads the Chargers receiving group with 100 receptions for 992 yards and 8 scores while Hunter Henry and Mike Williams each have 4 touchdown receptions with Henry logging 60 catches for 613 yards and Williams putting up 38 catches for 594 yards. Jalen Guyton has 468 receiving yards as well for Los Angeles this season. On defense, Kenneth Muttay Jr. leads the Chargers with 95 total tackles while Joey Bosa has a team-high 7.5 sacks and Michael Davis has 3 interceptions for Los Angeles this year.

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Denver is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as a road underdog while the under is 15-5-1 in their last 21 division games. Los Angeles is 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 division games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games as a home favorite. Denver is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams in Los Angeles.

I’m in a bit of a pickle here, because the Chargers actually won last week and I’d think they’d want revenge after Denver rallied from a 24-3 deficit in the first meeting of the year to steal the game on the final play in the win. But, I also said I wouldn’t put another red cent on the Chargers until they found a new coach because I’m done with being done it by the stupidity that is a head coach by the name of Anthony Lynn. Instead, I’m going to side with the over. I think both sides get their fair share of offense in and this way I just have to worry about points and not who scores them.

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Chris’s Pick Over 48.5

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