Wilson, Broncos face Herbert, Chargers on Monday night time
DENVER (2-3) at LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (3-2)
Monday, 8:15 p.m. EDT, ESPN
BETTING LINE: Chargers by 4 1/2, in accordance with FanDuel SportsBook.
AGAINST THE SPREAD: Broncos 1-4; Chargers 3-2.
SERIES RECORD: Broncos lead 69-54-1.
LAST MEETING: Chargers beat Broncos 34-13 on Jan. 2 in Inglewood, Calif.
LAST WEEK: Broncos misplaced to Colts 12-9, OT; Chargers beat Browns 30-28.
BRONCOS OFFENSE: OVERALL (18), RUSH (19), PASS (19), SCORING (31).
BRONCOS DEFENSE: OVERALL (3), RUSH (15), PASS (1), SCORING (4T).
CHARGERS OFFENSE: OVERALL (5), RUSH (22T), PASS (2), SCORING (9).
CHARGERS DEFENSE: OVERALL (23), RUSH (25), PASS (20), SCORING (30).
TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Broncos even (17T); Chargers plus-2 (7T).
BRONCOS PLAYER TO WATCH: CB Patrick Surtain II. In simply his second season, Surtain has surged to elite cornerback standing, shutting down or severely limiting opposing quarterbacks’ prime choices. He returned an interception for a landing in his first sport in opposition to the Chargers.
CHARGERS PLAYER TO WATCH: CB Bryce Callahan leads Los Angeles with two interceptions, the identical complete he had in 21 video games for Denver the earlier two seasons.
KEY MATCHUP: Denver’s linebackers vs. Chargers RB Austin Ekeler. With Josey Jewell (knee) coping with one more harm, it’s possible the task goes to Alex Singleton, and Jonas Griffith. Teams have had success in opposition to Singleton in cross protection. Ekeler set a career-high with 173 yards dashing in opposition to Cleveland, and his 199 yards from scrimmage have been essentially the most in a NFL sport this season. Los Angeles might want to keep steadiness between Ekeler on the bottom and its prolific passing sport in opposition to the stout Denver protection.
KEY INJURIES: Broncos QB Russell Wilson is coping with a strained latissimus dorsi muscle close to his throwing shoulder which he injured two weeks in the past at Las Vegas. Wilson acquired an injection to alleviate discomfort final week, however didn’t miss any observe time main as much as the sport in opposition to the Chargers. … The Broncos have misplaced LT Garett Bolles (ankle), RB Javonte Williams (knee) and CB Ronald Darby (ACL) of their previous two video games. Also sidelined is LS Jacob Bobenmoyer (wrist, hand). … Chargers RT Trey Pipkins III is anticipated to play after spraining his MCL in opposition to Cleveland. … WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) might return after lacking the previous 4 video games.
SERIES NOTES: The Broncos and Chargers have alternated wins and losses over their previous 4 video games, with the house staff victorious in each matchup. … The previous two video games within the sequence have been determined by not less than 15 factors. … The Chargers are 3-2 in opposition to Denver at dwelling since shifting to Los Angeles in 2017.
STATS AND STUFF: Wilson wants 4 landing passes to affix Hall of Famer Peyton Manning (333) as the one gamers with 300 or extra TD passes of their first 11 NFL seasons. … Wilson is 0-2 in opposition to the Chargers, one among two groups he has by no means defeated. The different is Seattle, the place he performed for 10 seasons earlier than being traded to Denver in March. The Broncos misplaced 17-16 on the Seahawks of their opener this season. … WR Courtland Sutton is one among two gamers with not less than 50 yards receiving in every of his first 5 video games this season. … OLB Bradley Chubb has 5½ sacks and is the one participant within the league with 5 or extra sacks and a pair of compelled fumbles in 2022. … The Broncos have compelled a league-high 9 fumbles up to now, recovering three of them. … The Chargers have allowed 5 sacks, which is tied with Cleveland for fewest within the league. Justin Herbert has been sacked as soon as in every of the previous three video games whereas making an attempt 118 passes in that span. … OLB Khalil Mack is one among three gamers with not less than 5 sacks and 6 tackles for loss this season (Las Vegas DE Maxx Crosby, Dallas LB Micah Parsons). … QB Justin Herbert has thrown not less than one landing in 26 consecutive video games, which is the third-longest streak in Chargers historical past. Philip Rivers had streaks of 28 (Dec. 9, 2012-Oct. 23, 2014) and 27 video games (Oct. 1, 2017-Dec. 13, 2018). … Los Angeles has allowed 46 factors within the third quarter by way of 5 video games (9.2 factors per sport). The protection gave up 84 factors within the third quarter through the 2021 season (4.9 factors per sport). … WR Mike Williams has not less than 100 yards receiving in every of his three highway video games. He has 25 yards on three receptions with a landing in two dwelling video games. … The Chargers offense had a season-low 17 penalty yards in opposition to the Browns, their fewest in 22 video games below coach Brandon Staley.
FANTASY TIP: The Broncos haven’t allowed greater than 200 web yards passing in a sport this season, however that shouldn’t imply taking Herbert out of the lineup. He has thrown a number of touchdowns in three of his 4 video games in opposition to Denver.
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