Denver Broncos vs Los Angeles Chargers Prediction, 1/2/2022 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Week 17
Game: Denver Broncos vs Los Angeles Chargers
Date: Sunday, January 2, 2022
Location: SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Chargers (-6)
The Los Angeles Chargers (8-7) will take on the Denver Broncos (7-8) at SoFi Stadium on Sunday. Denver opens as 6-point dogs from Vegas oddsmakers. The betting total is set at 45.5.
The Denver Broncos come into this game with a record of 7-8 for this season. In their last contest, the Broncos took on the Raiders and took a loss by a score of 17-13. Drew Lock went 15/22 with 153 yds passing. He had a QB rate of 87.9 and ended the game with no interceptions. Javonte Williams led the offense in rushing for the Broncos with 7 attempts for 12 yds (1.7 yds per carry). Jerry Jeudy averaged 20.0 yds per catch by earning 60 yards on 3 catches. The Denver Broncos ended up rushing 16 times and had 18 yards, which earned them an average of 1.1 yds per carry. In all, they had 40 plays which gave them 158 yards. Denver gave up 20 completions on 25 tries for a total of 182 yards, and a completion rate of 80.0%. When it came to stopping the run, the Broncos conceded 160 yds on 40 tries, which calculates to 4.0 yds per run surrendered.
In terms of putting points on the board, the Denver Broncos hold an average of 19.9 points per game. As a team they're averaging 116.7 yards on the ground which ranks them 14th in the NFL. The Broncos have earned 4,935 total yards for this campaign. Denver has earned 159 first downs as a unit, and they have committed 74 penalties for 643 yds. They have given the ball to the opposition 16 different times (9 interceptions and 7 fumbles). When it comes to notching touchdowns, Denver has amassed 19 passing touchdowns and 13 rushing touchdowns.
The Broncos are ranked 2nd in the National Football League regarding team defense, allowing 17.3 PPG. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.4 yards per rush on the ground and 110.2 rushing yards per game for the season. During this campaign, they have allowed 1,653 rushing yards through 15 games. When it comes to passing yardage, the Broncos have conceded 3,160 yards which puts them in 5th in football. They have conceded 210.7 yards per outing via the pass in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 60.0%. Over the course of this season, they have allowed 320.9 yards per contest which puts them 6th in the league. They have surrendered 18 touchdowns through the air in addition to 8 touchdowns on the ground.
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The Chargers step onto the field holding a record of 8-7 this season. The last time they took the field, the Chargers took a loss by a final score of 41-29 against the Texans. Justin Jackson carried the ball 11 times for 64 yds, walking away from the contest with 5.8 yards per carry for Los Angeles. Jason Moore was one of the featured targets for the Chargers, catching 3 throws for 56 yds (18.7 yards per catch). Justin Herbert (1 TD) finished the contest with 336 yards on 27/35 through the air while his QB rate was 92.1. He had 2 interceptions and his Y/A was 9.6 yds. Los Angeles allowed 36 attempts on the ground for 189 yds (5.3 yards per carry). The Chargers pass defense allowed a completion percentage of 77.8%, surrendering 248 yards on 21 out of 27 passing. The Chargers ended up finishing with 417 yds and they ran 57 plays (7.3 yards per play). Los Angeles ran the football for 4.2 yards per carry, finishing with a total of 89 yards on 21 attempts.
Regarding how much they score, the Chargers are 8th in the league scoring 27.2 points per game. During this campaign to this point, the Chargers have earned 4,208 yards via the pass along with an average of 280.5 throwing yards per outing, which ranks 4th in football. They hold an average of 109.7 yards per game via the ground game and have rushed for 1,645 yards for the year. The Los Angeles Chargers average 390.2 yards per contest which is good for 4th out of all teams in the NFL. The Los Angeles offense has accrued 903 penalty yds on 103 violations, ranking them 6th in the league in terms of helping out the opposition. They have thrown 14 interceptions while conceding 6 fumbles and they have been able to obtain 223 first downs.
The Chargers are giving up 27.4 points per game, which has them in 31st in football. Los Angeles has allowed a total of 2,104 yards rushing (140.3 yards per outing) in addition to 21 touchdowns on the ground for the season. They have conceded 24 touchdowns from the passing game in addition to 223.5 yards per game, which puts them in 12th in the league. The Chargers defense has been on the field for 973 plays, which is 25th in football. This year, they have allowed 411 total points. They have totaled 20 turnovers (9 fumbles recovered and 11 interceptions) this year.
Who will win tonight's Broncos/Chargers NFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Broncos +6
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