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Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers: Point spread and preview

The point spread, betting line and preview of the Monday night football game Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers.

Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers: Point spread and preview On Monday the Denver Broncos (6-8) will put an end to the Week 16 football by visiting the AFC West leader the San Diego Chargers (9-5). Two month ago these two NFL teams met and the outcome was devastating for the Broncos, losing 41-3 at home. The Sunday game will be nothing short of a payback, with Denver out of the playoff race and the Chargers already secured the division leadership. Considering the score from their last meeting, the betting odds on the Monday matchup are quite generous. The betting website Bodog Sports has listed the point spread on the Denver Broncos vs. San Diego Chargers at -9 points chalk the Chargers with expected total of 47.5 points. The betting line on the Chargers is -400 and the line on the Broncos is +300 at the e-bookie.

 Winning their last two games is a must for the San Diego Chargers in order to get better seed in the upcoming playoff games. Sitting on a 4-game winning streak, the Chargers will get the No.3 spot in the playoffs and avoid the hot New England until the conference championship game. Big spreads won't be necessary, but with an easy game against the Raiders in the final week, San Diego will give 100% towards winning the game on Monday. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was upgraded to probable for Week 16, but the running game could suffer with RB Lorenzo Neal out and Michael Turner still questionable for the Broncos matchup. San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman and Luis Castillo were also posted as questionable for Monday night football. Meanwhile only two questionable players on the Broncos' side - wide receiver Brandon Stokley and thigh end Daniel Graham. Denver's defensive end John Engelberger and wide receiver Javon Walker have both been upgraded to probable and will be a game-day decision.

 The betting trends are also on the Chargers' side. Denver has lost eight of the last 12 games and is 1-6 against the spread in its last 7 games on the road. San Diego has won 5 of its last 5 games at home and is 5-0 against the spread in its last 6 games at home. The total has gone UNDER in 15 of San Diego's last 23 games when playing at home against Denver.

 Published on 12/23/2007

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