At 4:25 ET on Sunday, December 31st, the Chargers travel to take on the Broncos. This NFL week 17 matchup will take place at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver with CBS carrying television coverage. w


The Pick: Los Angeles Chargers +5.5

This game will be played at Empower Field at Mile High at 4:25 ET on Sunday, December 31st.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 21-20 in favor of the Broncos.
  • Our projections have Russell Wilson finishing with 248.555 passing yards on 22.223/37.327 passing.
  • The Broncos are projected to finish with 320 yards of offense compared to the 322 yards for the Chargers.

Will the Chargers Make it Happen on the Road?

This season, the Chargers have achieved an overall record of 5-10, putting them 4th in the AFC-West. This includes a 0-6 record as underdogs and 5-4 when they are favored. When it comes to the spread, the Chargers come in at 6-9. Going into week 17, their scoring margin per game is -2.9.

Offensively, the Chargers have an average of 21.7 points per game, which is 16th in the NFL. In the passing game, the Chargers are averaging 233.8 passing yards per game, which is 13th in the league. So far, 65% of their first downs have come through the passing game.

The Chargers have been running the ball an average of 25.1 times per game and currently hold the 23rd spot in the league in rushing yards. Their average yards per rushing attempt is 3.7.

Los Angeles is 24th in points allowed defensively. So far, their opponents are putting up an average of 24.6 points per game, accumulating 372.6 yards per contest.

Does Denver Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?

Coming into their game against Chargers, the Broncos are trying to improve on a 7-8 record. This mark has them at 3rd in the AFC-West and 12th in the AFC. This season, the Broncos find themselves above .500 versus the spread with a record of 5-9-1. Their average scoring margin for this season stands at -3.3.

This season, the Denver offense has an average of 21.8 points, placing them 14th in the league. Denver is currently ranked 25th in the NFL for passing yards per game, with an average of 187.5. In terms of passing yards per attempt, they are 11th in the league.

Looking at their ground game, the Broncos have been carrying the ball an average of 26.5 times per game and are 14th in rushing yards. They have an average of 4.2 yards per rushing attempt.

In terms of defense, the Broncos hold the 18th position in tackles for loss and are ranked 12th in sacks. Opponents are managing to score an average of 25.1 points and gain 376.2 yards per game against them.