No longer undefeated Broncos visit low-battery Chargers
Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
After their first loss of the season, the Denver Broncos couldn’t ask for a better – or rather a worse – opponent for week 6. The San Diego Chargers are so accommodating that you don’t even have to beat them; they will lose the game on their own just for you. These are NFL betting online odds for the game on Thursday, October 13th at Qualcomm Stadium:
Denver Broncos -3 (-110) 46 (-110)
Rookie QB Paxton Lynch had an inauspicious debut starting under center for the Broncos. Lynch finished 23 of 35 for 223 yards with one TD pass to receiver Demaryius Thomas and one interception, but like the Stones in ’71 he had Sticky Fingers – as well as two left feet – and also took too long to make decisions or moves. As a result, Lynch was sacked six times – three-and-a-half of which came courtesy of outside LB Vic Beasley – by the 30th ranked defense in the league. Denver’s defense met the “ultimate challenge” of stopping Julio Jones – who was kept to 29 yards on two carries – but ultimately gave Devonta Freeman too much freedom. Moreover, you can’t just let the altitude take care of a guy like Tevin Coleman. The Broncos lost their first game since December 20th, 16-23.
Chargers QB Philip Rivers went the extra yard in week 5, throwing 21 of 30 for 359 yards with four scoring passes to put San Diego three points away from the Oakland Raiders. All of that hard work went to waste, though, when rookie Drew Kaser screwed the pooch on a potentially game-tying field goal attempt with two minutes left on the fourth quarter. Mike Windt’s snap was on target, but rookie Kaser – contrary to Paxton Lynch – had slippery fingers and couldn’t get down the hold. The upside of the defeat is that rookie defensive end might actually be worth all the crap he put the Chargers through. Bosa had five tackles and two sacks in his professional debut.
The good news for the Broncos – and for people who bet on NFL and out their NFL online betting money on Denver – is that starting QB Trevor Siemian is expected to return from a separated shoulder against the Chargers, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. “and of course (Siemian) does have that separated non-throwing shoulder,” Rapoport said on Good Morning Football,” which can be painful, but not debilitating as it comes to being able to throw.” And not as painful as watching Lynch choking out there.
The other bit of good news for Denver is that the turnover-prone San Diego has experienced difficulty going the whole nine yards. The Chargers have lost three games they led at the two-minute warning and, as mentioned above, squandered the chance to tie the Raiders game. Though something tells NFL betting online fans that San Diego will not be blowing any double-digit leads against the Broncos when all is said and done this upcoming Sunday evening at 9449 Friars Road.