The Denver Broncos will travel to Los Angeles Sunday to face the Chargers. The Broncos are looking for their first win of the season as they take an 0-4 record into this game. Meanwhile, the Chargers are 2-2. Last year, these two AFC West foes split two games. Kickoff is 4:05 p.m. ET at Dignity Health Sports Park in Los Angeles. The Chargers are a 6.5 point favorite in the early lines.
The Vic Fangio era in Denver has not gotten off to a great start. The Broncos are win less, but they have been competitive in every game. Ultimately, they have found ways to lose, like last week against the Jags. The Broncos took the lead with about a minute and a half left, but lost it on a last second field goal by Josh Lambo. They are better than their record indicates but they have to start finding ways to win and this is a good place to start.
The Chargers were one of the favorites in the AFC coming into the season, but they haven't looked like it so far. They've been pretty average, losing to the Texans and Lions while beating the Colts and Dolphins. Even last week, while they romped over a terrible Miami team, it took them awhile to get going. The good news is that Melvin Gordon is back. And with Philip Rivers is still slinging it at age 37, they are once again a force to be reckoned with in the AFC.
Broncos still looking for 1st winThe Broncos have started 0-4 in the Vic Fangio era, but they have not played that badly. Last week they suffered a heart breaking loss to the Jags 26-24. After Joe Flacco hit Courtland Sutton on an 8-yard touchdown strike with 1:32 left in the game, the Broncos were up 24-23. But the Jags came down the field in the final minute and got a last second field goal by Josh Lambo to win it. Flacco was 22 for 38 for 303 yards with 3 touchdowns and an interception. Emmanuel Sanders had 5 catches for 104 yards while Sutton 6 catches for 62 yards and 2 touchdowns. The bigger issue was the rushing defense - or lack thereof. They gave up a whopping 269 rushing yards, including 225 yards to Leonard Fournette.
"They were pushing us around, and he's a big back,'' Fangio said of the Fournette, reported ESPN. "He broke tackles and moved the pile and we got whipped. There were some good things defensively there, there was for a half; in the second half, you're going to have to look long and hard to find it. We just got whipped there; I can't ever remember being in a game like that where they might have had 300 yards rushing.''
I am as motivated as ever to turn this around with the Broncos. I love my teammates, coaches, and all the fans here in Denver. We were all frustrated after the game because we "CARE" and want to "WIN."— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisJr) September 30, 2019
The Broncos offense has not produced thus far. They only average 17.5 points per game, which is 26th in the NFL. They gain an average of 369 total yards per game, which is 16th. That includes 269 ypg in the air, which is 15th, and 100 ypg on the ground, which is 21st in the NFL. Defensively, they give up 23 points per game, which ranks 17th. They allow 349 yards per game, which is 15th in the NFL. That includes 200 ypg in the air, which is 5th, and 149 ypg on the ground, which is 30th in the league.
Chargers beat up on DolphinsIt's not hard to look good against the Miami Dolphins, the worst team in the NFL. The Chargers did in fact look good in the 30-10 win, but the jury is still out on the Chargers. They are 2-2 with losses to the Texans and upstart Lions. They haven't had a quality win yet, and this week won't qualify is they do indeed beat the Broncos. The good news is that Melvin Gordon, their star running back, is expected to play this week. Gordon had been holding out and he joined the team last week, just before the Dolphins game. He didn't play in that game, but he is expected to play Sunday.
"He's getting more work [in practice] this week, and he's definitely going to have a workload this week, but not too big," Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said of Gordon, reported ESPN. "I want to work him in, but I don't want to overdo it."
The Chargers offense has been rolling. They average 22.5 points per game, which is 14th in the NFL. They gain an average of 418 total yards per game, which is 5th. That includes 315 ypg in the air, which is 3rd in the league, and 103 ypg on the ground, which is 18th. Defensively, they give up 18 points per game, which ranks 9th. They allow 331 yards per game, which is 12th. That includes 229 ypg in the air, which is 11th, and 102 ypg on the ground, which is 14th.
- Chargers are 11-27-1 ATS in their last 39 home games.
- Chargers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
- Chargers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win.
- Chargers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Chargers are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games after allowing less than 250 total yards in their previous game.
- Chargers are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
- Chargers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Broncos are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games after allowing more than 150 yards rushing in their previous game.