Two teams that were thought to be Super Bowl contenders and haven’t lived up to expectations will meet in Monday Night Football, as the Los Angeles Chargers will host the Denver Broncos in an AFC West showdown.
When Denver acquired Russell Wilson, many thought that he was the player that Denver needed to make a long playoff run. Thus far this season, Wilson has been a major disappointment.
The Chargers have played well at times, but injury issues have plagued this squad. Justin Herbert hasn’t played as well as many had expected him to, and Brandon Staley has made numerous questionable coaching decisions.
Let’s take a look at this huge primetime matchup, and we’ll give you our NFL Betting prediction for the outcome of Monday night’s game.
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We’ve already touched upon the disappointing play of Wilson. Some blame his poor play on the new offense put in by new head coach Nathaniel Hackett.
Hackett has been widely criticized for his offense and some of his coaching decisions. Wilson has also played through an injury this season, so that could also be part of the problem as well.
Another issue with the offense has been the loss of running back Javonte Williams for the season. The offensive line hasn’t blocked well, and between the loss of Williams, the Wilson injury, and questionable play calling, the Denver offense has been abysmal.
Defensively, the Broncos have one of the best defenses in the league. Patrick Surtain is one of the top cover cornerbacks in the league. Denver has a great secondary, and this unit has kept the team in many games this season. It’s because of the defense that Denver is at 2-3 and not 1-4 or 0-5.
Los Angeles Chargers
Prior to the season starting, many felt that the Los Angeles Chargers would have one of the best offenses in the league. With Herbert under center, Austin Ekeler in the backfield, and a receiving corps consisting of Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Josh Palmer, and Gerald Everett, many felt that this team would put up points in bunches.
That hasn’t been the case this season. Herbert has been inconsistent, Allen has missed much of the season due to injury, and up until the last couple of weeks, Ekeler hadn’t been getting much accomplished.
Defensively, the Chargers have had a lot of issues. They’ve given up just under 28 points per game. If this team gives up that many points to an anemic Denver offense, it’s going to be hard for Los Angeles to win the game.
At the time of this writing, the Chargers were 4.5-point favorites. We’re not sure whether or not Keenan Allen will play. If Allen doesn’t play, Surtain will cover Williams and will make it hard for the Chargers’ top wideout.
While we think Russell Wilson will play, he’s still listed as questionable. With his lat injury, we don’t really know how much it will hinder his play.
Even with all of the injury issues, we still think that the Chargers are the better of the two teams. We think Ekeler has a big night on the ground and leads Los Angeles to a 28-20 victory over the Denver Broncos.