Denver Broncos vs Los Angeles Chargers Best Bets, Odds & MNF Picks
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Brace yourselves: the Denver Broncos are set to feature in yet another primetime NFL betting showdown this week as they descend on the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium on Monday night, bringing down the curtain on Week 6.
It’s been a very long week (in more ways than one) for the Broncos after serving up a tepid 12-9 overtime defeat to the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday Night Football that was hard to digest even for the most diehard football fan.
They’re set to face a talented Chargers squad this time around and the hope – in Broncos country and for fans everywhere, united in their common love for the game – is that Russell Wilson and Co. rise to the occasion, in a game that has big AFC West ramifications, and they deliver a contest worthy of the privilege of Monday Night Football.
Broncos vs Chargers Point Spread Pick
The Wilson-led Broncos leave much to be desired. They’re simply not living up to the lofty market expectations set by betting apps, which figured Denver would be a legitimate AFC West contender.
They currently sit on an unimpressive 2-3-0 SU record, with one of the most anemic offenses in the league and a quarterback that is wholly off form and color, and hampered by a shoulder injury. By the numbers, they’re an even more unimpressive 1-4-0 ATS.
Things aren’t going to get any easier for the Broncos facing the highly-fancied Chargers, with one of the most potent offenses in the league. The Chargers have had their fair share of injury concerns, but they enter this MNF matchup with a much better 3-2-0 SU record and an even better 4-1-0 ATS record.
As a result, bookmakers, quite rightly, view the Bolts as the favorites in this matchup. They opened the market with the Chargers pegged as the 5.5 or 6-point home chalk.
The high number was a combination of several factors, including Wilson’s questionable status. However, with the veteran quarterback looking likely to start Monday, the market has since moved. It’s trimmed the line down to 4.5 points.
Given all that we know about these two teams and their play so far, getting the Chargers at 1 point or 1.5 points less than the initial opening price is the best NFL picks play here.
Broncos vs Chargers Over/Under Best Bet
The Broncos are having serious problems scoring. The offense ranks second worst in the league with an average of 15 points per game. From the start of the season, Wilson and the offense didn’t look to be on the same page. Now, with his shoulder injury, it’s only going to make it that much harder to get the passing game going.
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On paper, the Broncos defense looks solid as it is conceding just 16 points per game (fourth overall). However, three of their five games have been against questionable teams. Derek Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders were able to put up 32 points against this defense. It’s also worth noting that was the only game in which the Broncos offense put up more than 20 points, too.
If the Broncos’ offensive struggles rear their ugly head in this matchup, this could be a low-scoring affair. That said, given the AFC West implications on the line, the pressure on Wilson alone and the challenge the Broncos defense will face handling Herbert, Austin Ekeler and the high-flying Chargers offense, there’s good reason to believe this game could go over the total. If Keenan Allen is cleared to play, the case for the OVER will be stronger. Take the Over 45.5 points.
Broncos vs Chargers Moneyline Pick
Hope springs eternal. But Broncos fans would be wise to temper expectations with the NFL odds stacked against Denver. The Broncos are tipped as high as +190 with FanDuel to win straight up as we look at the latest odds on offer.
Only the bravest bettors would back the Broncos to win this game on the road given their play so far. But it’s not just because of their underwhelming performances that we’re fading the Broncos.
It’s also the fact that head coach Nathaniel Hackett has made some pretty bad decisions along the way that have cost his team. It wouldn’t be surprising if he makes more such epic blunders on MNF.
The Chargers are riding a two-game winning streak into this pivotal primetime showdown. They beat the Houston Texans 34-24 and the Cleveland Browns 30-28 on the road. With confidence steadily growing, the Chargers should come through for their backers with another W.
Best Broncos vs Chargers Player Props
There’s quite the selection of player props for this game, but we’ve narrowed it down to Justin Herbert, who is likely to be the X-factor for the Chargers. DraftKings has Herbert’s passing touchdowns set at 1.5 TDs with the OVER priced at -165.
The Chargers’ signal-caller has 10 touchdowns to his credit through five games – that’s an average of two TDs per game.
Another Herbert prop that’s caught our fancy here is his passing yards for this game. Herbert is third in the league with 1,478 passing yards – that’s an average of 295.6 yards per game.
DraftKings has Herbert projected to go O/U 262.5 yards in this game – a relatively low number that’s giving a lot of credit (maybe too much) to the Broncos defense. If there’s a quarterback that can expose the weakness of this defense, it’s Herbert. Take the OVER 262.5 yards at -115 with DraftKings ➜ for one of your prop best bets on MNF.