Chargers vs. Broncos preview: Denver looks to rebound from its first loss, while San Diego tries to shake the fourth quarter blues.
On Thursday, October 13th, the San Diego Chargers play host to the Denver Broncos. The game, to be played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego is slated for an 8:25 p.m. ET start time and will be broadcast on CBS. Read on for our Chargers vs. Broncos prediction and preview.
Spread: Broncos -3
Game Time: 8:25 p.m. ET
Chargers vs. Broncos preview:
The 1-4 Chargers enter the contest after suffering a brutal 34-31 loss to the Oakland Raiders, while the 4-1 Broncos are coming off of their first loss of the season, 23-16 to the Atlanta Falcons
Phillip Rivers had another big statistical day against the Raiders, throwing for 359 yards and four touchdowns, though he also had two big interceptions. Melvin Gordon ran for 69 yards on 16 carries, but was held out of the end zone on the ground, though he had a receiving touchdown. Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin each went for 117 yards, and Benjamin was one of four San Diego receivers to find the end zone, along with Hunter Henry, Antonio Gates, and Gordon.
The Broncos offense struggled against Atlanta with Paxton Lynch making his first start, filling in for the injured Trevor Siemian. Lynch threw for 223 yards, a touchdown, and an interception in the game. The running game struggled, totaling just 84 yards on 24 carries, led by C.J. Anderson's 41 yards. Emmanuel Sanders was the leading receiver for the Broncos, hauling in seven passes for 80 yards, while Demaryius Thomas caught five passes for 49 yards and a score.
The Broncos own a 63-49-1 record all-time against their AFC West rival. The team has five wins in a row in the series, dating back to 2013.
Chargers vs. Broncos prediction:
The Chargers have put up big offensive numbers this season, but have been historically bad at finishing games. Denver ran into a buzz-saw in Atlanta, but have been very effective so far this year, behind a defense that has picked up right where it left off after winning last season's Super Bowl. San Diego is home in this one, but the Chargers' home field advantage is among the worst in the NFL. Denver should get back on track in a big way this weekend.
Broncos 28, Chargers 20