Before the season began it was the Chargers who were the pro football betting favorites in this division but if they lose this game then that role would switch to the Broncos.
NFL betting has seen the Broncos start a surprising 5-0 this season while the Chargers are 2-2. This is such a huge game for San Diego since a loss here would have them fall three games back in the division. Pro football betting odds have the Chargers a 3-point favorite with a total of 43.5.
Last week the Broncos shocked the New England Patriots to go to 5-0 on the season. Quarterback Kyle Orton has been very efficient this NFL betting season while wide receiver Brandon Marshall has put his off-season issues behind him to make big plays. Shockingly, the Denver offense ranks sixth in the pro football betting league. Another big reason why the Broncos have started off unbeaten is a defense that is allowing only 8.6 points per game, best in the NFL betting league.
San Diego is 2-2 on the season and part of the reason they are not doing well is a rushing offense that is last in the NFL. The defense has been nothing special either so that has to change if the Chargers are to win this game in NFL betting. San Diego ranks 27th against the run as NFL betting stats show. Running backs LaDainian Tomlinson and Darren Sproles have done very little this NFL betting season. When a team can’t run and can’t stop the run they rarely win.
Denver leads the all-time series with San Diego, 53-44-1. Last year the teams split their two meetings. The Chargers have won five of the last six in the NFL betting series.
Denver has been a very good underdog lately in NFL betting as they are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog. They are also good on the road in pro football betting as they are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 away games. San Diego has very good NFL betting trends as well. They are 21-8-4 in their last 33 vs. the AFC West, and 11-5 in their last 16 games as a home NFL betting favorite. The Broncos are 1-3-1 in their last 5 meetings in San Diego.