Broncos vs Chargers: Odds, Spread, Preview: NFL Week 6 Predictions

Broncos vs Chargers matchup preview and current betting lines

The National Football League has decided to punish us again by forcing us to watch the Denver Broncos in primetime one more time. They’ve been tough to watch and perhaps the biggest disappointment in the NFL this season.

Nathaniel Hackett clearly wasn’t ready to be a Head Coach, and there’s an impostor posing as Russell Wilson at Mile High. We just refuse to believe that one of the best dual-threat QBs ever has turned into whatever he is today.

At least we’ll get to watch Justin Herbert do his thing on Monday Night Football. The Los Angeles Chargers are always entertaining to watch, either because of their offense or for how much they love to keep their games close.

Coaching and decision-making have often been a concern for the Chargers, and sometimes they’re just too aggressive for their own good. That’s definitely a clash in styles when they face an incompetent offense with a defensive-minded team.

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Players to watch:

Russell Wilson: Russell Wilson has been the most disappointing player in the NFL this season. He needs to live up to that contract extension but has looked lost and cooked through the first five weeks of the season, even costing his team a win the last time out.

Justin Herbert: Justin Herbert is already one of the prime playmakers in the league, but he’ll be in for a tough, physical test vs. the Broncos’ defense. He’s struggled with a rib injury for weeks now, so it’ll be interesting to see if he can dominate again in a divisional matchup.

Week 6 Predictions: NFL Bet of the week on Broncos vs Chargers

Broncos +5.5

The opening Broncos vs Chargers spread has the home side favored by nearly two field goals. That’s understandable, considering how terrible the Denver Broncos have looked thus far, but we still like their chances here.

For starters, this is a divisional game, and those are usually closer than most people think, regardless of how the teams have fared. Secondly, the Broncos’ defense knows Justin Herbert quite well, and they’re 2-2 against them all-time.

The Los Angeles Chargers haven’t exactly been well-coached this season. Somehow, someway, they shoot themselves in the foot and constantly leave the door wide open for their rivals to get back into games, and they haven’t been that impressive thus far.

So, this is more of a value play on a divisional rival and a fade of the Chargers than an actual play on the Broncos. Also, Russell Wilson has got to wake up any day now, especially after letting his team down so badly last week.

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Under 45

The opening Broncos vs Chargers odds have this game at just 45 points. One could be shocked to see that, considering we’re talking about Russell Wilson vs. Justin Herbert. But the Broncos have been the ultimate snooze-fest this season.

Nathaniel Hackett has hampered this offense more than Vic Fangio, and Wilson just keeps underthrowing, missing wide-open teammates, and throwing picks. Also, their best running back is out for the season, and that’s another factor to consider.

The Broncos games have been more boring than listening to a chess game on the radio. But their defense has also been good enough to keep them in contention and give them a chance to win even despite their offensive incompetentce.

So, we like their chance to keep the Chargers’ explosive offense in check for at least half of the game while also failing to capitalize on their trips to the endzone. The Chargers should still win, but this has the makings of a 20-17 game or something like that.

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