Chargers vs Broncos NFL Betting Pick

Posted by Aaron . on January 1, 2016 in

San Diego heads to Denver in Week 17 as an 8.5-point underdog. The Broncos have an AFC West division crown in their sights with a win, while the Chargers are simply trying to pick up their first win against an AFC West foe. Read on to discover our NFL betting pick.

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Why should you take San Diego (+8.5)?

The Chargers have had 10 days off between games, while the Broncos had to play on Monday night. Brock Osweiler has been a steady hand in relief of the injured Peyton Manning, but the Chargers could mount enough of a pass rush to force him into making some mistakes. The Broncos could be ready to take the foot off the gas once they get out to a lead and settle for a close win to take the division crown.

The Chargers have had 10 days off between games.

Why should you pick Denver (-8.5)?

Denver still has one of the best defenses in the NFL, and they need the win to guarantee themselves their fifth straight division title — and a bye in the first round of the playoffs. The Broncos are on a short week, but they moved their practice schedule around (even doing a Wednesday night practice) in order to get as many healthy bodies on the field as they can. This motivation should be enough to take the Broncos to a cover.

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

Brock Osweiler has been a lifesaver for Denver this year, playing much better than a typical backup. Look for him to lead the Broncos to win and cover, 31-14.