NFL Betting Playoff Odds:
Denver Broncos: -9.5
Opening NFL Lines from Bookmaker
The Chargers and Broncos have split the season series between the two squads with the Chargers winning the most recent NFL betting match-up, 27-20, at Denver on December 12th.
The Chargers will look to make it back-to-back victories against the Broncos, while Denver will look to repeat their November 10th victory over the Chargers at Qualcomm instead.
On the season, the Chargers rank 12th in points scored with 24.8 per game and 11th in points allowed with only 21.8, allowing San Diego to outscore its opponents by a field goal per game.
The Chargers offense is led by quarterback Philip Rivers who has led SD to the NFL’s fourth best passing attack. On the season, Rivers boasts a 105.5 passer rating with 4,478 yards and 32 touchdowns. Eight of those touchdowns and 1,046 of those yards have been to wide receiver Keenan Allen while ageless tight-end, Antonio Gates, leads in receptions with 77, amassing 872 yards of his own.
On the ground, running back Ryan Mathews is the main man with 1,255 yards, but he is questionable for this do-or-die pro football betting showdown due to an ankle injury. If Mathews cannot go, the Chargers will lean even more on the passing game and turn the running attack over to Ronnie Brown and Danny Woodhead.
On the opposing sideline, the Broncos are led by their offense, namely their passing game. It will be a tough job for the Chargers defense to hold them as they rank first in the NFL in points per game with 37.9 and are also tops in yards per game, passing yards per game and even field goal percentage.
Most of the Bronco’s offensive success in their NFL betting contests can be traced back to quarterback Peyton Manning and his impressive collection of talented receivers. To date, Manning has posted a 115.1 passer rating with a staggering 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions.
Manning’s targets include two players with over 1,000 yards each in Demaryius Thomas ( 1,430 yards ) and Eric Decker ( 1,288 yards ). Julius Thomas and Wes Welker have also been key targets. All four players possess double-digit receptions and all are healthy, with the exception of Welker who is currently listed as probable for the game due to a concussion.
In addition to the threat in the air, the Broncos are also able to move the ball on the ground with Knowshon Moreno leading the way with 1,586 total yards from scrimmage ( including 1,038 on the ground ) and 13 total touchdowns.
Free Prediction – On the season, no offense has been as dynamic as the Denver Broncos’ offense. As a result, the Over is 11-5 in the Broncos’ games this season. It’s also 4-0 in the Broncos’ last four NFL betting playoff games and an impressive 8-1 in the Broncos’ last nine home games against teams with a winning road record. Overall, with the NFL’s best offense and another above average offense, ranking fifth in yards and 12th in points, it is hard to bet against the offense.
Bank on Manning and Rivers and Ride the Over on Sunday