Los Angeles Chargers will meet Denver Broncos in the NFL 2021 Week 17 action on Sunday afternoon. The home side looks for the way back to the winning track after two straight defeats. The visitors are still in the game for the playoffs spot, and they will search for a valuable win in this clash.
Los Angeles hasn’t been good in the defense recently, and they need to improve in the back to increase their chances for success. The hosts need to go for a victory in this one to keep challenging the post-season spot. Denver is not in a much better position, as they also go to this one after two straight defeats. If they lose this one, their chances for the playoffs will decrease.
Los Angeles Chargers – Can they improve their defense?
The Chargers made their lives much tougher after losing twice in a row. They cannot be happy with their recent form, as the hosts celebrated just four times on the previous ten occasions. Nevertheless, they sit in second place in the AFC West with an 8-7 record, but Los Angeles needs its best displays in the remainder of the regular season. They go to this one after a 41-29 defeat against the Texans, and three turnovers cost them a failure.
Justin Herbert has thrown for 4,394 yards this season, with 33 scores and 14 interceptions, while the opposition’s defenders sacked him 28 times. Austin Ekeler is the Chargers’ best rusher with 789 yards and ten touchdowns, while Justin Jackson and Justin Herbert have combined for 602 rushing yards and five TDs. Keenan Allen has dominated the receiving department with 1,042 yards and five touchdown receptions, while Mike Williams chipped in with 964 receiving yards and seven scores. On the other hand, Kyzir White is Los Angeles’s leading defender with 126 total tackles, while Joey Bosa has 9.5 sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen, Joshua Palmer, Jason Moore, Jared Cook, Gabe Nabers, Rashawn Slater, Matt Feiler, Scott Quessenberry, Michael Schofield III, Storm Norton
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Jerry Tillery, Linval Joseph, Breiden Fehoko, Kenneth Murray Jr., Nick Niemann, Kyzir White, Uchenna Nwosu, Asante Samuel Jr., Davontae Harris, Amen Ogbongbemiga, Tevaughn Campbell
Quarter Back: Justin Herbert
Kicker: Dustin Hopkins
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Denver Broncos – Will they end their losing streak?
The Broncos desperately need a win in this one to keep their chances for entering the post-season. Although they have been pretty good defensively, they simply haven’t produced enough points in the past few weeks. Denver is in a similar form as their opponents, as they booked four wins and lost six times in the last ten rounds. They were unsuccessful in their latest outing against the Raiders, losing 17-13 and failing to a 7-8 record. The Broncos gained just 158 yards in the offense, and they need to do much better in the upcoming game.
Teddy Bridgewater has passed for 3,052 yards so far, with 18 touchdowns and seven picks, while he was sacked 31 times. Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon III lead Denver’s ground game with 760+ rushing yards, but no other player gained more than 110 rushing yards. Courtland Sutton is the Bronco’s leading receiver with 703 yards and a pair of scores, while Tim Patrick and Noah Fant have combined for 1,201 receiving yards and eight touchdown receptions. On defense, Kareem Jackson has a team-high 80 tackles, while Dre’Mont Jones logged 5.5 sacks.
Expected Line-Up (Offense): Melvin Gordon III, Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick, Noah Fant, Albert Okwuegbunam, Garett Bolles, Dalton Risner, Austin Schlottmann, Quinn Meinerz, Bobby Massie
Expected Line-Up (Defense): Shelby Harris, DeShawn Williams, Dre’Mont Jones, Bradley Chubb, Baron Browning, Micah Kiser, Stephen Weatherly, Ronald Darby, Kareem Jackson, Justin Simmons, Pat Surtain II
Quarter Back: Drew Lock
Kicker: Brandon McManus
Expert Pick #1 – Los Angeles Chargers -5.5 @-110
Despite being in poor form, the hosts are strong favorites in this one. They shouldn’t miss the chance to celebrate an important victory in the playoffs battle, and I can see them covering the number here. Therefore, I’ll take them ATS as my first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 45 @-110
Los Angeles should dictate the tempo in this encounter, and they have been involved in many high-scoring matches so far. Each of their last four games went over the margin, and I expect the same trend to continue here. I’m going with the Over as my second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Chargers Over 25.5 @-115
Consequently, the Chargers should control this match and have another good offensive display. They produced 27+ points in five of the previous six matches, and I see Los Angeles continuing their scoring spree. The odds are pretty similar to the first two picks, and I believe they’ll score at least 26 points.