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Denver Broncos vs. Los Angeles Chargers - 12/30/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Chargers (11-4) at Denver Broncos (6-9)
Date & Time Sunday December 30, 2018, 4:25 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Denver Broncos +6.5 -- Over/Under: 41.5
TV Channel
CBS
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NFL | Los Angeles Chargers (11-4) at Denver Broncos (6-9)
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The Los Angeles Chargers and the Denver Broncos meet in a week 17 AFC West division matchup in NFL action from Mile High on Sunday afternoon.

The Los Angeles Chargers will look to rebound after having their 4-game winning streak snapped with a 22-10 loss to Baltimore in their last outing. Philip Rivers has thrown for 4,132 yards, 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions on 68.8% passing while Melvin Gordon III has rushed for 843 yards and 10 touchdowns. Keenan Allen has 93 catches for 1,132 yards and 6 touchdowns while Tyrell Williams has 39 catches for 630 yards and 5 touchdowns and Mike Williams has 38 grabs for 599 yards and a team-high 9 touchdowns this season. Defensively, Melvin Ingram III has a team-high 7 sacks while Derwin James has 3.5 sacks and a team-high 70 tackles this season. As a team, Los Angeles is averaging 379.1 yards of total offense and 27 points per game this season.

The Denver Broncos will look to finish their season on a high note after guaranteeing a sub-.500 season with a 3rd straight loss, coming in a 27-14 loss to Oakland in their last time out. Case Keenum has thrown for 3,598 yards, 17 touchdowns and 14 interceptions on 62.1% passing while Phillip Lindsay has rushed for 1,037 yards and 9 touchdowns this season. Courtland Sutton leads the Broncos in receiving with 41 catches for 679 yards and 4 touchdowns this season. Defensively, Von Miller leads Denver with 14.5 sacks while Bradley Chubb has 12 sacks and Todd Davis has a team-high 75 tackles this season. As a team, Denver is averaging 348.8 yards of total offense and 21.3 points per game this season.

Los Angeles is 20-8-1 ATS in their last 29 road games and 4-1 in their last 5 road games against a team with a losing home record while the under is 8-2 in their last 10 division games. Denver is 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 home games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 division games while the under is 16-5-1 in their last 22 games overall. Los Angeles is 8-2-5 ATS in the last 15 meetings between these two teams in Denver.

Denver’s loss to Oakland was a low point in the season as the Broncos simply looked lost and at times I wondered how this team won 6 games this season. Los Angeles on the other hand, lost to a desperate Baltimore team, but is still fighting for the top-seed in the conference and home field throughout the playoffs if they get some help in week 17. Quite simply, I’m just backing the team with more to play for, so I’ll lay the points with the Chargers in this spot.

Pick:
Los Angeles Chargers -6.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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