The Los Angeles Chargers haven’t won a game against the Denver Broncos since Dec. 30 of 2018, but they’ll be looking to end the drought Sunday. The Chargers and Denver will face off in an AFC West battle at 4:05 p.m. ET at SoFi Stadium. Los Angeles should still be feeling good after a victory, while the Broncos will be looking to right the ship.
The Chargers are looking to string together wins in their final two games, with their first opportunity coming against the Broncos on Sunday.
Even though both teams are out of playoff contention, there’s still a lot on the line, like future jobs for both players and coaches, which means that the matchup will still be competitive.
How To Watch
- When: Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET
- Where: SoFi Stadium — Inglewood, California
- TV: CBS
- Live Stream: WATCH FREE HERE
It may have taken overtime to finish the job, but Los Angeles ultimately got the result they were hoping for last week with a 30-27 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. The team ran away with 17 points in the first half and mostly just sat on those in the second to pick up the victory. Los Angeles’ QB Justin Herbert did his thing and passed for two TDs and 314 yards on 32 attempts in addition to punching in one rushing touchdown. Los Angeles’ win came on a one-yard rush from Herbert with only 1:32 remaining in overtime.
Meanwhile, the Broncos have to be aching after a bruising 48-19 loss to the Buffalo Bills last week. Denver was down 38-13 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. Denver’s defeat came about despite a quality game from RB Melvin Gordon, who punched in two rushing touchdowns.
The Chargers’ victory brought them up to 5-9 while Denver’s defeat pulled them down to an identical 5-9. Neither squad can make the playoffs, so they’re playing for draft order now.
This next contest is expected to be close, with Los Angeles going off at just a 3-point favorite. They are currently two-for-two against the spread in their most recent games, a trend bettors might want to take into account.
In the teams’ previous meeting in November, Los Angeles and the Broncos were neck-and-neck, but Los Angeles came up empty-handed after a 31-30 defeat.
Why Los Angeles Chargers Will Win
It took most of the year and a whole lot of misfires, but they were able to beat the Raiders in overtime as part of a two-game winning streak for the first time all year.
There’s been only one turnover and a +3 turnover margin over the two-game run, and Denver doesn’t do anything to take the ball away.
The Broncos have also given the ball away an NFL-high 30 times. This is an explosive LA team that doesn’t necessarily need the breaks, but it’ll get them.
Why Denver Broncos Will Win
The defense hasn’t been good enough, and field position has been an issue all year, but the D isn’t bad at getting off the field, Justin Herbert doesn’t hit a whole lot of deep plays, and there’s not a great running attack to worry about.
Yes, field position has been an issue for the Broncos, but Los Angeles has a tougher time – it’s always seemingly starting with long fields to work with.
Denver Broncos Injury Report:
OUT: DB Essang Bassey, CB A.J. Bouye, CB Bryce Callahan, DT Jurrell Casey, CB Duke Dawson Jr., TE Austin Fort, DL Jonathan Harris, NT Joel Heath, T Ja’Waun James, RB Philip Lindsay, LB Von Miller, TE Albert Okwuegbunam, NT Kyle Peko, DL Mike Purcell, LB Justin Strnad, WR Courtland Sutton, CB Kevin Toliver II.
Los Angeles Chargers Injury Report:
OUT: DE Joey Bosa, TE Virgil Green, C Ryan Groy, TE Hunter Henry, DE Melvin Ingram III, S Derwin James Jr., T Storm Norton, C Mike Pouncey, LB Drue Tranquill, LB Kyzir White
Questionable: S Nasir Adderley, WR Keenan Allen, OT Bryan Bulaga, LB Uchenna Nwosu, LB Denzel Perryman, WR Joe Reed, WR Mike Williams.
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