Denver Broncos
5-9-0 (3-4-0 V)
+3
32%
-3
68%
Los Angeles Chargers
5-9-0 (3-4-0 H)
Sun, Dec 27 - 4:05p ET   |   CBS   |   SoFi Stadium
By David Limbaugh

Denver Broncos vs Los Angeles Chargers NFL Footbal Week 16 Odds, Preview, Prediction and Tips

Denver Broncos vs Los Angeles Chargers Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview of the match for the NFL Football Week 16 Game on Sunday December 27th, 2020.

Denver Broncos vs Los Angeles Chargers Key Players

#3 Drew Lock DEN
2330 YDS | 14 TD | 13 INT

#10 Justin Herbert LA
3781 YDS | 27 TD | 10 INT

Preview

Justin Herbert is on the brink of one of the best statistical years for a rookie quarterback in NFL history. Not bad for someone who didn't know how much he was going to play at the beginning of the season.

The Los Angeles Chargers' signal enters Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos already with the most 300-yard games by a rookie. He has also tied Baker Mayfield's mark of 27 touchdown passes in 2018.

Herbert, the sixth overall pick in the April draft and third quarterback pick, is also 219 yards away from becoming the fourth rookie to throw for at least 4,000 yards. It would take 595 yards this week and in the final on Jan. 3 in Kansas City to beat Andrew Luck's record of 4,374 yards in 2012.

Herbert struggled through a streak against the Dolphins, Bills and Patriots, but has recovered by leading series winners against the Falcons and Raiders. The Chargers (5-9) enter the game looking for their first three-game winning streak in two years.

The Broncos are also 5-9, but have lost three of their last four. Drew Lock has been inconsistent in his second season, but general manager John Elway gave his young quarterback a vote of confidence this week.

Los Angeles' four games against division opponents were decided on the final play. He had a 21-point lead midway through the third quarter at Denver on Nov. 1 before the Broncos rallied for a 31-30 victory. Lock ran a 14-play, 81-play drive that culminated with a 1-yard touchdown pass to K.J. Hamler.

The Chargers snapped a nine-game losing streak in the AFC West against the Raiders with Herbert's 1-yard break in overtime.

Denver's small cornerback corps, which has lost starters Bryce Callahan (foot) and A.J. Bouye (suspension) plus Kevin Tolliver II, Duke Dawson and Essang Bassey from season-ending knee injuries this month, allowed a combined 19 receptions for 259 yards to the Bills duo of Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley this week. pass.

They will face the Chargers with De'Vante Bausby, rookie Michael Ojemudia (who was sent off for fighting last week), safety Will Parks and perhaps newcomers Nate Hairston and Parnell Motley, recently retired from the practice squads of other equipment.

The Chargers have had trouble stopping the race for the past month. They have allowed more than 150 yards rushing in three of the past four games, with quarterbacks topping 30 yards. Lock is not known as a fighting quarterback, but he had 37 yards last week.

Los Angeles' biggest concern should be containing Melvin Gordon. Gordon, who spent five seasons with the Bolts before coming to Denver, was limited to 26 yards in the first game, but has rushed for 260 yards and averaged 6.7 yards per carry in the last three games.

Chargers nemesis Phillip Lindsay has been ruled out due to hip and knee injuries. Three of Lindsay's eight biggest carries have come against the Chargers, including a 55-yard touchdown in the first game.

The Broncos did not face former Denver CB Chris Harris Jr. the last time they played the Chargers.

Chargers wide receiver Tyron Johnson, who has a touchdown in the last two games along with 11 receptions for 116 yards.

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Denver Broncos vs Los Angeles Chargers Prediction

The first time these teams met this season, the Chargers built a 24-3 lead midway through the third quarter before Denver outscored them 28-6 in the final 22 minutes of the game, with a winning touchdown on the final play. of the game. That loss was the first of six straight games in which Los Angeles failed to cover the margin; however, the Chargers have now covered in consecutive weeks and built positive momentum. The Chargers are playing better football than the Broncos right now and they have the extra rest here too.

 

WINNER: Los Angeles Chargers @ -3.0

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By David Limbaugh, on 4:05p ET