Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos Week 17 NFL Picks & Predictions 12/30/2018
Sunday, December 30, 2018
Mile High Stadium
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The Los Angeles Chargers head to Mile High Stadium to play the Denver Broncos on Sunday, December 30, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Los Angeles as 4 point favorites. The total has been set at 41.5.
The Chargers are 8-7-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 8-7-0. The Broncos are 6-8-1 against the spread and their over/under mark is 3-11-1.
Valuable Los Angeles Chargers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Chargers are 8-7-0 against the over/under
The Los Angeles Chargers are 8-7-0 against the spread
Important Denver Broncos Betting Trends
The Denver Broncos are 3-11-1 against the over/under
The Denver Broncos are 6-8-1 against the spread
Key Los Angeles Chargers Injuries
12/23/18 RB Austin Ekeler Stinger is questionable Sunday vs Denver
12/23/18 TE Sean Culkin Back is questionable Sunday vs Denver
12/21/18 CB Trevor Williams Knee IR
11/13/18 LB Denzel Perryman Knee is out for season
10/31/18 LB Kyzir White Knee IR
09/20/18 CB Craig Mager Hamstring IR
09/04/18 WR Artavis Scott Ankle IR
09/04/18 TE Austin Roberts Knee IR
08/19/18 S Jaylen Watkins ACL IR
08/03/18 TE Hunter Henry Knee IR
07/27/18 CB Jason Verrett Achilles IR
Key Denver Broncos Injuries
12/25/18 TE Matt LaCosse Ankle is questionable Sunday vs LA Chargers
12/25/18 LB Shane Ray Illness is questionable Sunday vs LA Chargers
12/24/18 RB Phillip Lindsay Wrist left last game, is questionable Sunday vs LA Chargers
12/19/18 CB Chris Harris Jr. Fibula IR
12/05/18 WR Emmanuel Sanders Leg IR
12/01/18 TE Jeff Heuerman Ribs IR
11/06/18 C Matt Paradis Fibula IR
10/16/18 G Ron Leary Achilles IR
10/06/18 P Marquette King Thigh IR
09/27/18 TE Jake Butt Knee IR
09/04/18 S Jamal Carter Hamstring IR
09/04/18 LB Jerrol Garcia-Williams Knee IR
09/04/18 TE Troy Fumagalli Hernia IR
09/04/18 LB Deiontrez Mount Achilles IR
08/03/18 WR Jordan Taylor Hip IR
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Los Angeles Chargers are 13th in the National Football League in points scored with 405. They have run 890 plays this year for 5,686 yards, which ranks them 4th in the NFL in total offense. The Chargers average 6.4 yards per play, which is 4th in the league. As a team they have accumulated a total of 321 1st downs this season, ranking them 5th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Los Angeles has run for 1,757 yards as a unit, which ranks 24th in the league. They've run 369 times, averaging 4.8 yards per rush as a unit. The Chargers have been penalized on offense 107 times for 916 yards so far this year, which has them 15th in the NFL in penalties. Philip Rivers has passed for 4,132 yards this year. He's completed 333 throws while attempting 484 passes for a completion percentage of 68.8%. His quarterback rating this season is 107.7. He averages 12.4 yards per completion and 8.5 yards per pass attempt.
Los Angeles is 3rd in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 320. They have given up a total of 4,969 yards on D, which is 15th in the league. The Chargers are 16th in yards per play allowed with 5.5. Their pass defense has allowed 6.3 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 5th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses have completed 320 throws on 500 attempts against the Los Angeles Chargers defense this season, ranking them 12th and 7th in the league. The Los Angeles pass defense has also surrendered a total of 3,358 yards in the air, which is 3rd overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has given up 370 attempts for 1,611 yards this season, putting them in 31st place in the NFL against the run. The Chargers have had 92 penalties for 729 yards on defense this year. That places them 26th in the league. They've allowed a score on 35.3% of possessions on defense, which is 4th in the NFL.
Special Teams Stats
Los Angeles is 25th in the NFL in punt returns with 33. They've totaled 358 punt return yards and are averaging 10.8 yards per return, which is 9th in the league. Their longest punt return this season is 73 yards. They have returned 28 kicks for 653 yards on special teams, placing them 30th in kick return yardage. The Chargers average 23.3 yards per kick return and have a long of 40 yards this season. They are 7th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 6,908. The Los Angeles Chargers have tried 29 field goals this season and made 24, which is 26th in the league. Their kickers have a FG percentage of 82.8%. Los Angeles Chargers kickers have made 83% of their extra points, going 33 for 40 this season. Their punters have accumulated 2,410 yards on 57 punts, averaging 42.3 yards per punt. That ranks them 3rd in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Denver Broncos have run for 1,725 yards as a team, which ranks 12th in the NFL. They've run 344 times, averaging 5 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Broncos have been penalized on offense 103 times for 795 yards so far this season, which has them 10th in the league in penalties. They are 27th in the NFL in points scored with 306. They have run 879 plays this season for 4,932 yards, which ranks them 18th in the league in total offense. The Broncos average 5.6 yards per play, which is 29th in the National Football League. As a team they have accumulated a total of 282 1st downs this year, placing them 20th overall as an offensive unit. Case Keenum averages 6.8 yards per pass attempt and 10.9 yards per completion. He has completed 311 passes on 501 attempts for a completion percentage of 62.1%. His quarterback rating is 82.1. He has thrown for 3,396 yards this season.
The Broncos rush defense has allowed 369 attempts for 1,683 yards this year, putting them in 5th place in the league against the run. Denver has committed 111 penalties for 905 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 4th in the NFL. They've given up a score on 35% of possessions on defense, which is 12th in the league. They are 23rd in the league in points allowed on defense with 299. They have surrendered a total of 5,293 yards on D, which is 3rd in the NFL. The Denver Broncos are ranked 3rd in yards per play allowed with 5.8. Their pass defense has given up 6.7 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 18th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses have completed 320 passes on 500 attempts against the Denver defense this season, placing them 2nd and 1st in the National Football League. The Broncos pass defense has also given up a total of 3,610 yards through the air, which is 4th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Denver Broncos have attempted 23 field goals this season and made 19, which is 20th in the National Football League. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 82.6%. Denver kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 33 for 33 this year. Their punters have totaled 3,228 yards on 73 punts, averaging 44.2 yards per punt. That places them 23rd in the NFL in punting average. Denver is ranked 3rd in the league in punt returns with 28. They've accumulated 129 punt return yards and average 4.6 yards per return, which is 15th in the NFL. Their longest punt return so far this year is 20 yards. They have returned 22 kicks for 428 yards on special teams, ranking 12th in kick return yardage. The Broncos average 19.5 yards per kick return and have a long of 35 yards this year. They are 15th in the league in all-purpose yards with 5,718.
Who will win tonight's Chargers/Broncos NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Broncos +4
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