Chargers vs Broncos: Week 13 NFL Picks & Game Predictions
There are 3 games from the mid-afternoon window in Week 13 round the NFL and also the only one involving two teams with losing records is that this AFC West”showdown” between the Chargers and Broncos. The loser might actually triumph in the long run in terms of obtaining a program in 2020 and enhancing draft standing.
Denver looks for its first-ever season sweep of the”Los Angeles” Chargers. Once they’d Peyton Manning under center, the Broncos swept in the 2014 & ???15 seasons but the Chargers have been in San Diego then.
In Week 5 year because soccer stadium outside Los Angeles, the Broncos were 4.5-point street dogs and mad the Chargers 20-13 — this match basically summarized everything that has been wrong with L.A. this year. Philip Rivers threw two interceptions and also the team rushed for only 35 yards on 16 carries. Joe Flacco threw for 182 yards with a TD and pick for the Broncos, but he is out for the season. Philip Lindsay led a ground attack that had 191 yards with 114 and a touchdown on 15 carries. This was the first win of the season, initially under trainer Vic Fangio and also the 500th victory in franchise history of Denver.
Denver leads the all-time series 66-52-1.
The Bolts have to be regarded as the conference team this year with only four and thus tied last year. Therefore it would take a miracle to get to the postseason 18, 12th in the AFC standings sits.
Things started moving south this summer months security Derwin James, that had been magnificent as a rookie in 2018, wounded his foot and when Pro Bowl running Melvin Gordon. James has yet to play this year but has been activated off injured reserve and will debut. Cornerback Michael Davis was suspended for two games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Los Angeles comes from its bye week with lost back-to-back division games and may have won for Rivers. He threw three picks, including one in the last moments, in Oakland at Week 10. Then in Week 11 in Mexico City from Kansas City (technically a Chargers home game), he had four more interceptions, including one in the Chiefs’ end zone to finish it.
Rivers has had a nice career and is likely headed to Canton, as the Chargers are anticipated to take a QB with their first-round draft pick, however at age 38 that is soon-to-be, that likely is his last year with the team. Rivers is in the last year of the contract.
The former NC State star enters Week 13 third at the league in passing yards but a great deal of those were”empty.” He’s second in the league with 14 interceptions. Rivers’ 16 turnovers (two fumbles) are all third-most from the league, and also his first 85.5 passer rating are his lowest since 2007. The daddy of nine includes a 73.8 passer score in the fourth quarter, No. 28 in the NFL, plus a league-leading four interceptions in the red zone. Coach Anthony Lynn said he has given no thought about giving a opportunity to Tyrod Taylor.
Fair to call that the Broncos disappointing too as more was anticipated than a 3-8 record, although no one thought that this was going to become a playoff team. Fangio’s defense has been very good for the most part, allowing 321.1 metres per game (eighth) and 19.7 points (ninth).
On the other hand, the departure game/offense stinks as Flacco was not the answer and neither is starter Brandon Allen. It’s possible this week, that newcomer Drew Lock from Missouri could begin — Fangio hadn’t decided as of this writing. Lock has been on injured reserve with a thumb injury. Lock has had only limited training time since returning the Broncos may wait.
Still, why keep placing Allen out there? At a 20-3 loss at Buffalo, Allen had been an for 82 yards with a pick along with four sacks last week. The Broncos’ final five possessions ended in three-and-outs. Those five possessions amounted to a total of 15 plays for a combined 2 yards. That is almost impossible to trust.
Lock will get a chance before the year is out and will turn into the seventh starting QB for the team as Manning retired. The Broncos will need to see whether Lock is the future in the last weeks of this season or should they must draft a QB again. Lock has a excellent arm and is athletic, but he never required a snap under center. A west coast scheme is run by current Broncos OC Rich Scangarello.
Frankly, I do not love the negative here. The Chargers are more talented but do not fare well in cold weather and it’s going to be cold in Denver. I guess I’d go Bolts at -2.5 but our top pick is on the total in this one. Something such as a score.
Free NFL Pick: Under 38.5 (-103) at 5Dimes