On Sunday, November 28th, the 6-4 Los Angeles Chargers fly to Denver to meet the 5-5 Denver Broncos for their first matchup this year. The AFC West division rivals are set to kick off at 4:05 PM EST under perfect weather conditions. The Chargers are on a high after beating the Pittsburgh Steelers at home, making their record move to second in their division. The Broncos took a beating from the Philadelphia Eagles, which seems to have humbled them after their surprising win against the NFC East leaders, the Dallas Cowboys. This game will favor the team that takes the most advantage of their influential running backs.
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Justin Herbert Under 273.5 Passing Yards
Justin Herbert has become a very versatile quarterback within his second year for the Los Angeles Chargers. Herbert is tied for 5th for most passing touchdowns and 7th most passing yards this season. Herbert is averaging almost 300 yards per game with a season-high of 398 yards. In his last three games, Justin averaged 311 yards even with a lacking performance against the Vikings two weeks ago. However, Herbert will be under immense pressure from the third-ranked Broncos defense. When facing the top 15 defensive teams, the Chargers and Herbert have struggled. His lowest performances have been against the Patriots, the Ravens, and the Vikings, and they are some of the better defensive teams in the league. The offense will have to focus on running the ball and giving short passes to take advantage of their powerhouse running back, Austin Ekeler, to pull off a win. For the betterment of the team, Herbert may have to sacrifice passing yards to rush the ball for a better chance at victory.
Austin Ekeler Under 62.5 Rushing Yards
Austin Ekeler had one of his best career performances of his career last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He obtained 50 rushing yards, 65 receiving yards, and 4 touchdowns. Two touchdowns were from rushing, and two were receiving. Ekeler was a crucial player in the win against the Steelers, but he still did not peak above 60 rushing yards. In fact, Ekeler hasn’t hit 60 rushing yards since Week 8 against the New England Patriots. On the season, Ekeler is only averaging 57.3 rushing yards per game. The Broncos defense is substantial in pressure and coverage and will put extra coverage on the running back, making it more challenging to put up significant yardage. Austin Ekeler will still be influential in this matchup, but it will need to be a combination of receiving and rushing plays.
Melvin Gordon III Under 50.5 Rushing Yards
The Broncos are going to have a tough match against the Chargers this weekend. They’ll need to look towards their top running back, Melvin Gordon III, in order to create game-altering plays. Gordon III has home-field advantage for this week, which has proven to be a disadvantage to his game-play. In his last four home games, he has only peaked over 51 yards once. He also has to share the spotlight with an equally talented Javonte Williams. The two of them will share the field and therefore share possessions throughout the game. I do not predict that Melvin Gordon III will have one of his exemplary games like he did against the Dallas Cowboys or the New York Giants earlier in the season. I’m sure Melvin will have a great game, but I do not see him peeking over 50.5 yards this week.