San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos
Kickoff: Sunday, December 12th, at 4:40PM Eastern
Line: Denver -9 Total: 54
Despite similar odds, the San Diego Chargers beat the Denver Broncos earlier in the 2013 NFL wagering season. When the Broncos host the Chargers this Sunday, many only sportsbook bettors will be watching to see if they can do it again. At YouWager, San Diego is a 9 point underdog.
In their last 9 games of the season, the Broncos are 7-2 straight up and against the spread. But those 2 losses were to the Chargers. Since October of the 2012 NFL football betting season, Denver is 24-4 straight up and 19-10 against the spread. On paper, this makes the Broncos on the strongest teams in the league. Internet wagering enthusiasts saw Peyton Manning’s offense break records with 5,477 passing yards and 55 passing touchdowns, and an average 37.9 points per game. With star receiver Wes Welker back from injury, Denver’s air attack could be even more powerful in Sunday’s postseason matchup. But Denver’s defense has been a different story, giving up 24.9 points per game. With their record-breaking offense, their weakness on the other side of the ball hasn’t been as much of an issue as it would for any other team. Denver was a strong favorite over San Diego back in Week 15, but the Chargers beat them 27-20. This was the only time in 2013 that the Broncos lost at home. This season, at home, the Broncos were 5-3 against the spread.
For an upset, the Chargers will have to find a way to derail Manning and company and exploit Denver’s less than stellar defense. Online oddsmakers point out that the Chargers bring an unusual playoff wagering trend to this game- in the last 4 seasons, the NFL team that competed in Philadelphia’s home opener has won the Super Bowl. With their last win on the road, the Chargers are now 5-0 straight up in their last 5 games, and 4-1 against the spread on the road. Without turning the ball over, San Diego forced 4 turnovers against the Cincinnati Bengals recently to win 27-10. The Chargers have proven to online football wagering fans that they can be competitive in any matchup.
In their last 8 trips to Denver, the Chargers are 6-1-1 against the spread. In their last 5 playoff games on the road, they are 4-1 against the spread. In their last 9 games, as an underdog of 9 points or more, the Chargers are 6-2-1 against the spread. In their last 8 playoff games, the Denver Broncos are 2-6 against the spread. Denver is 14-2 straight up, and 11-5 against the spread in their last 16 games against opponents in their division. At YouWager, the Broncos are 9 point favorites. With a posted total of 54 points, clearly online oddsmakers expect to see a shootout on Sunday. In Denver’s last 9 games at home, the Total has gone over in 7 games, as well as 4 of their last 6 matchups against San Diego. Game time on Sunday afternoon is 4:40PM Eastern.