Editor’s note: NESN.com’s Mike Cole, Ricky Doyle and Andre Khatchaturian deliver their NFL picks every Thursday of the season, and here’s who they like in the Denver Broncos-San Diego Chargers Week 6 game, with the line from OddsShark.
(-3.5) Denver Broncos (4-1) at San Diego Chargers (1-4), Thursday, 8:30 p.m.
Mike: Chargers. How’s this for a crazy stat? The Chargers are 1-6 in their last seven games, but they’re 7-2 against the spread in their last nine. They’ll probably lose this in excruciating fashion, but they’re home, against a division opponent on a short week — they should cover.
Ricky: Broncos. Mike McCoy’s days as head coach of the Chargers have to be numbered, right? Maybe the Broncos forcefully kick him out the door this week. Denver’s muddled quarterback picture — Trevor Siemian (shoulder) is expected to return after Paxton Lynch started Week 5 — gives reason for pause, but San Diego’s defense stinks against the pass, so whoever’s under center should have a decent enough outing to compliment the Broncos’ stellar D.
Andre: Broncos. Despite losing to the Falcons, the Broncos still have the highest sack percentage in the league (10.2 percent) and have allowed 4.6 yards per play (4th in NFL). The Broncos also held Julio Jones to just two catches. They won’t have a difficult time slowing down the depleted Chargers receiving corps.
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