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Chargers vs. Broncos - 12/14/14 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Denver Broncos (10-3) at San Diego Chargers (8-5)
Date & Time Sunday December 14, 2014, 4:05 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: San Diego Chargers +4 -- Over/Under: 50.5
TV Channel
CBS
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NFL | Denver Broncos (10-3) at San Diego Chargers (8-5)
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The San Diego Chargers and the Denver Broncos face off on Sunday in a NFL AFC West battle.

The San Diego Chargers are 8-5 this season and are thinking playoffs as if the season ended right now they would be the second Wildcard team. The Chargers offense is averaging 22.5 points and 336.2 yards per game and they are led by QB Phillip Rivers who has completed 68.5 percent of his passes with 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Branden Oliver has 432 yards rushing but Ryan Mathews is healthy again and should see a bigger role while Keenan Allen has 74 catches and Antonio Gates has nine receiving touchdowns. The Chargers defense allows 20.9 points and 336.8 yards per game and they are net zero in turnover ratio. Eric Weddle has 90 tackles, Donald Butler has 71 tackles, and Marcus Gilchrist has 64 tackles. The Chargers must bounce back immediately from last week’s disappointing loss to the Patriots.

The Denver Broncos are looking to clinch the AFC West and solidify at least a bye in the playoffs. The Broncos are averaging a 5th best in the NFL 29.6 points and a 4th best 4-5.6 yards per game and they are led by Peyton Manning who has completed 66.9 percent of his passes with 36 tocuhdowns and 11 interceptions. C.J. Anderson is the Broncos leading rusher with 594 yards and four touchdowns and Demaryius Thomas has 90 catches and 10 touchdowns and Emmanuel Sanders has 86 catches and seven touchdowns. The Broncos defense is allowing 22.5 points and 311 yards per game and they are plus four in turnover ratio. Brandon Marshall has 109 tackles, T.J. Ward has 59 tackles, Von Miller has 13 sacks and DeMarcus Ware has 10 sacks. The Broncos are looking to avenge last year’s Super Bowl loss.

San Diego is 1-6 against the spread against the AFC, 0-4 against the spread in their last four home games, and 0-4 against the spread against the AFC West. Denver is 9-3-1 against the spread against the AFC West, 7-3 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, and 10-21 against the spread in their last 31 road games against a team with a winning home record. The underdog has covered the spread in five of the last seven meetings of these two.

This should be a slugfest and in this divisional rivalry I will be happy to have the points in my back pocket. 

Pick:
San Diego Chargers +4

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