Denver (4-1) at San Diego (1-4)
When: Thursday, October 13th 2016
Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
Time: 8:25 ET | TV: CBS
The San Diego Chargers will try and turn their season around this Thursday night when they host the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium. San Diego has blow three leads this year with less than 2:00 remaining and will be tested over the next three weeks with Denver twice and Atlanta. The Chargers are coming off a 34-31 loss in Oakland in which a game-tying field goal attempt never had a chance with a botched snap. “You can’t make this stuff up,” quarterback Philip Rivers said after Sunday’s game. “You think, ‘Is there any other way we can find a way to do this?” Rivers is fourth in the NFL with 1,469 passing yards for the league’s second-ranked offense (30.4 points) and had his second four-touchdown performance of the season on Sunday. Former first-round draft pick Melvin Gordon has struggled to hold onto the ball, fumbling for the second time in as many weeks on Sunday and eighth time in 19 career games. Gordon had trouble getting going in his previous matchup with Denver, fumbling twice while being held to 55 yards in a 17-3 loss on December 6th. DE Joey Bosa collected two sacks and five tackles (including three for a loss) while playing on 22 defensive snaps in his NFL debut on Sunday.
The Broncos are coming off their first loss of the season after they were outplayed by the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Paxton Lynch got the call for the injured Trevor Siemian and was ineffective. Siemian will be back under center Thursday and will look for a stronger running game that was held in check by Atlanta’s 30th-ranked defense. C.J. Anderson has been unable to top 50 yards rushing in any of the last three games and had just three carries longer than four yards last week as he heads into a matchup against the eighth-best rushing defense (83.4 yards) in San Diego. Demaryius Thomas has found the end zone in each of his last three games overall and has a touchdown reception in each of his last three games against San Diego. LB Von Miller continues his excellent season (NFL second-best 6.5 sacks) and comes in with three sacks in the last two encounters with San Diego. Denver will get plenty of rest after this game as they play host to Houston next Monday night.
San Diego might be better than their 1-4 record, but until they can stop turning the ball over and blowing leads, I can’t take them. Denver has owned the Chargers in recent years (9 of 10) and should be able to win this one with Siemian back.
Pick: Broncos -3