San Diego Chargers vs Denver Broncos Betting Preview

Published on December 12th, 2013 6:09 pm EST

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The 11-2-0 Denver Broncos will be playing host to the 6-7-0 San Diego Chargers on this week's edition of Thursday Night Football.

This is an important game for both teams - the Chargers NEED this win in order to stay in contention for a wild card spot, while the Broncos want to stay ahead of both New England and the Kansas City Chiefs for AFC supremacy. The last thing that Denver wants is to have to head to New England for the AFC Championship game, which is why a win over San Diego is important for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos tonight.

The San Diego Chargers have had a rollercoaster of a season. They look great one week and terrible the next, and they have let some very winnable games slip away from them. They need to put together a batch of wins here in order to have a chance of making the playoffs.

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The Denver Broncos are 9 1/2 point favorites tonight - here are the current betting odds:

San Diego Chargers, +9.5, 1.95
Denver Broncos, -9.5, 1.86

The "straight up" odds:

San Diego Chargers, 4.75
Denver Broncos, 1.20

The over/under line:

Over 56.5 points, 1.90
Under 56.5 points, 1.90

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The Denver Broncos hate the San Diego Chargers and vice versa - despite the two teams being far apart in the standings, you know that Rivers and the Chargers will be playing the Broncos especially hard tonight.

Can the Chargers pull off the upset tonight and improve their chances of making the playoffs, or will the Denver Broncos continue to build their lead for the #1 seed in the AFC?

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