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 San Diego Chargers-Denver Broncos Week 8 game, with the line from OddsShark.
San Diego Chargers at (-6) Denver Broncos, Sunday, 4:05 p.m.
Mike: Chargers. In the Broncos’ two losses this season, they’ve been outscored 23-6 in the first half. The Chargers are the best first-half team in the NFL. A quick start will keep it close and will help the Chargers avoid having to play catch-up against the vaunted Denver defense.
Ricky: Broncos. Sure, the Chargers won their last head-to-head matchup. But that was with Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian coming off a shoulder injury, and Denver didn’t have its head coach Gary Kubiak, who was home recovering from a health scare that landed him in the hospital.
Andre: Chargers. If the Chargers did a better job of not fumbling the ball, they could literally be 7-0. They have 11 fumbles this season — already greater than or equal to what 26 teams had last season. That’s an unsustainable rate and the Chargers have proven they’re a resilient bunch so they’re going to win a lot more games this season. I don’t know if they win this week, but they’ll cover the spread.
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