Sunday, November 1, 2020, Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado, 4:05 p.m. ET
Chargers at Broncos Betting Preview: Chargers (-3/-122), Broncos (+3/+100)
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers (2-4) snapped a four-game slide by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars last week and now face back-to-back games against AFC West rivals in the Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders.
Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert is proving to be the real deal and has thrown 10 touchdown passes over the past three games and has 12 overall against three interceptions. Herbert has thrown for 1,542 yards over his first five career games, which is the highest amount since Cam Newton passed for 1,610 yards over his first five games in 2011.
Keenan Allen is fully adjusted to Herbert and had 10 receptions for 125 yards against the Jaguars for his second highest totals of the season. Allen ranks eighth in the NFL in receptions (44) but his yardage per catch is just 10.9 despite the fact he has 214 yards after the catch.
Defensive end Joey Bosa has a team-high 4.5 sacks but he hasn’t had a multiple-sack outing yet this season after having three such performances last season.
Pass rusher Melvin Ingram returned from a three-game absence due to a knee injury last week and is sackless in three games this season. Ingram has posted at least seven sacks in each of the past five seasons, twice reaching 10.5.
The Broncos (2-4) are looking to rebound from a 43-16 whipping by the Kansas City Chiefs last week and they need to see more development from quarterback Drew Lock.
The second-year pro recently returned from an injury to his throwing shoulder and has been intercepted four times over the past two games without throwing a touchdown pass. Lock has tossed just one scoring pass in 104 passing attempts and has completed just 55.9 percent of his passes.
Running back Phillip Lindsay was looking good last week with a season-best 79 rushing yards on just nine carries before suffering a concussion against the Chiefs. Lindsay missed practice Wednesday and is concussion protocol and appears highly unlikely to play, which means former Chargers back Melvin Gordon will see a lot of the football.
Gordon has rushed for 349 yards and four touchdowns but has lost three fumbles (one rushing, two receiving) and is averaging just 4.4 yards on 13 receptions.
The Denver defense got sliced up by the Chiefs and making matters worse was losing nose tackle Mike Purcell to a season-ending foot injury. That is a rough blow for a unit that previously lost eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller (ankle) and five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jurrell Casey (biceps) to season-ending injuries.
Chargers at Broncos Betting Pick for Week 8
Gordon apologized for his recent DUI arrest and exclaimed how much he is looking forward to playing his former club. The Broncos hope that means a top-notch effort from the back who recorded 107 yards against the New York Jets on Oct. 1 but has largely not made the expected impact.
The Chargers are making it clear they are going to ride the right arm of Herbert. He has been able to gobble up the yardage but victories have been hard to secure.
Chargers at Broncos Betting Pick:
Broncos 30, Chargers 24
Chargers at Broncos Best Bet for Week 8
Lock is due for a breakout game and if his production rises, so does the point total. The Chargers have averaged 32.3 points over the past three games so the over is looking like the way to go.
Chargers at Broncos Best Bet: OVER 44.5 total points (-106)