Broncos vs. Chargers Opening Line: Bouncing Back After Saturday’s Blowout

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Drew Lock warms up before Week 2. Credit: Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports.

The Broncos and Chargers are meeting for the second time this year and Denver will be the underdog on the road. In their last matchup, Drew Lock led the Broncos on a miraculous second-half comeback to stun Justin Herbert and the Chargers. Are we gearing up for another upset by the Broncos or will the Chargers get revenge on their AFC West rival?

The Broncos vs. Chargers line opens with Denver at +3 on the spread line and +154 on the moneyline. The total is set to 48.5 points.

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Here are the current Broncos vs. Chargers odds. These are the odds at FanDuel Sportsbook Colorado and most Colorado online sportsbooks have similar odds as of October 16, 2021 7:06 PM.

Let’s take a look at the line, spread, total, and odds for this Week 16 matchup between the Broncos and Chargers.


Team Spread Moneyline Total
Denver Broncos +3 (-102) +154 O 48.5 (-114)
Los Angeles Chargers -3 (-120) -180 U 48.5 (-106)



The spread on the Broncos is +3 at FanDuel Sportsbook Colorado.

The Broncos are on a remarkable streak this season. They are going to be the underdog for the 15th time this season. Although they are consistently the underdog in games this year, they have had some success against the spread. According to DraftKings Sportsbook Colorado, they are 8-6 against the spread this season.

One of their outright wins this season came at home against the Chargers and it was one of the best games of Drew Lock’s career. The second-year quarterback threw for three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, one of which came as time expired.

The Chargers get a slight bump by playing at home, but these two teams are tied in the standings at 5-9.


The Broncos are +154 on the moneyline entering Week 16 while the Chargers are -180.

There is value on the moneyline for either team this week. Bettors who expect to see the Broncos pull off another upset can make a decent profit on Denver. A $100 bet on the Broncos would net a profit of $154.

On the flip side, the Chargers are -180 at home. They have done well in games as the outright favorite. They are 4-3 outright when they are favored this season. A $180 bet would win Chargers backers $100.


The Broncos vs. Chargers over/under is set at 48.5 points.

Totals have been tough to bet on Broncos games this season. The offense tends to be very up and down and Drew Lock’s performances seem to directly correlate with the over/unders. Denver is only averaging 19.7 points per game but they have scored over 30 points three times this year.

In Week 14 against the Panthers, Lock threw for a career-high four touchdowns en route to 37 points and an easy over. Conversely, in Week 13, Lock only threw for 151 yards and Denver only managed to put up 16 points.

Broncos vs. Chargers Props For Week 16

There should be plenty of ways to win money on the player prop market this weekend. Betting straight up on games is the most popular way to bet, but there are plenty of player props that users can cash in on. Here are some of our favorite player props that should hit the board later this week:

  • Total passing yards
  • Total rushing yards
  • Total receiving yards
  • Player vs. Player matchups
  • Player to score a touchdown (first/last/anytime)