The Denver Broncos are slight favorites on Thursday night as they visit the San Diego Chargers on CBS and NFL Network. The Broncos suffered their first loss of the season last week as they were beaten at home by the Atlanta Falcons while the Chargers found a way to lose yet another game last week as they fell to the Raiders. Let’s look at Thursday’s contest and NFL picks.
NFL Odds at Online Sports Books
Denver Broncos -3, total 45.5
Denver Broncos 4-1 SU, 4-1 ATS
The Broncos didn’t play well last week in a loss to Atlanta but they should get quarterback Trevor Siemian back for this contest. Rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch didn’t really play that well last week but it wasn’t all his fault as the defense was weak and the Broncos overall just looked listless. Siemian has thrown five touchdown passes and one interception this season.
The Broncos are scoring about 25 points per game and allowing about 17 per game. They have gone over in three of their five games this season. The Broncos will be without head coach Gary Kubiak for this game as he has a complex migraine condition. Special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis will be the interim head coach for Thursday’s game.
San Diego Chargers 1-4 SU, 3-2 ATS
The Chargers have been in every game this season but they have found a way to lose four of those games. “The most disappointing thing is I feel we are a very good football team,” Chargers safety Dwight Lowery said. “I feel we are good at the positions you need to be good at. Obviously, with the injuries we’ve had, we’ve shown that we have enough depth to compete with teams, but we’re not getting the results that we want.”
The Chargers are scoring plenty of points as they are 2nd in the league in points per game at 30.4 while they are 28th on defense, allowing 28 per contest.
The Chargers have lost nine of their last ten games against Denver. The Chargers have not won a division game since November of 2014 going 0-10.
The Broncos are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings in San Diego. The Broncos are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Broncos are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 Thursday games. The Broncos are 8-3 ATS at the best online betting sites in their last 11 vs. the AFC West.
The Chargers are 5-0 ATS at the best betting websites in their last 5 vs. the AFC West. The Chargers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Chargers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games. The Chargers are 3-12 ATS in their last 15 home games.
The Under is 3-1-1 in the Broncos last 5 vs. the AFC West. The Over is 19-7 in the Broncos last 26 games in October. The Over is 5-1 in the Chargers last 6 games overall. The Over is 5-2 in the Chargers last 7 games in October.
The Under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in San Diego.
Thursday Night NFL Picks
I will lay the points and take the Broncos in this contest.