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NFL Betting Lines – San Diego Chargers Host Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football

Posted by Marcello Messina on 11/22/2010 2:48:41 PM

The San Diego Chargers host the Denver Broncos in an NFL betting lines matchup that is key to keeping both of their hopes alive to win the AFC West.

(3-6) Denver Broncos at (4-5) San Diego Chargers
Live from Qualcomm Stadium - CA
Kickoff: 8:30 PM EST Monday, November 22, 2010
Broadcast: ESPN

NorthBet NFL Betting Lines
San Diego Chargers -9.5
Denver Broncos +9.5
Total 50

The deciding factor in this NFL betting lines matchup will come down to the quarterbacks.

Denver’s Kyle Orton and San Diego’s Phillip Rivers are both on track to top 5,000 passing yards this NFL betting lines season.

Kyle Orton has already totaled 2,806 passing yards, second-most amongst NFL quarterbacks. So far this season, Orton has thrown 16 touchdowns (T-5th), while getting picked off just 5 times. He has been intercepted just twice in his last five games.

Orton’s favorite target, Brandon Lloyd ranks first in receiving yards, averaging 107.6 yards per game. Lloyd also leads the league in receptions over 20 yards, with 18 already this NFL betting lines season.

Before I get carried away, it’s worth mentioning that the only team that has a higher ranked passing attack than the Broncos is the San Diego Chargers.

Quarterback Phillip Rivers has already reached 2,944 passing yards and is on pace for 5,234 passing yards this year.

Despite the fact that his wide receivers have been dropping like flies the past few weeks, Rivers has amplified his performance.

In the past few weeks, the Chargers have lost talented receivers Malcolm Floyd, Legedu Naanee, and Antonio Gates (not to mention Vincent Jackson).

Nonetheless, Rivers was still able to throw for 295 yards and 4 touchdowns (with a passer rating of 137.2) last week in San Diego’s victory over the Houston Texans.

Fully rested after their bye week, the Chargers’ wide receivers are getting healthier and should be able to play this Monday.

If San Diego’s receivers return from their injuries, I don’t see Denver’s 19th-ranked pass defense stopping the Chargers this NFL betting lines Monday Night Football game in Qualcomm Stadium.

Marcello’s Prediction: San Diego Chargers: 41 Denver Broncos: 24

Messina Mention: The San Diego Chargers humiliated the Denver Broncos 32-3 in their last meeting.

NFL Expert Pick: San Diego Chargers -9.5

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