Sportsbook Betting — Chargers Hope to Control Ball and Keep Manning Off Field

Denver Broncos 2014
The San Diego Chargers have already shown sportsbook bettors that they can go into Denver and win a football game; they did that a month ago when they absolutely had to come away with a victory. Now they have to do it again, as they face the Broncos in the AFC Divisional round, with the winner playing the New England Patriots for the conference title and a ticket to the Super Bowl.

Last season the Broncos lost when they hosted the Baltimore Ravens in this round of the post-season, falling 38-35 in overtime, in a contest that had much drama but nonetheless represents an experience Denver would like to forget. They have split two games with San Diego this season – a 28-20 win they had at Qualcomm Stadium on November 10, and then a 27-20 defeat they suffered at home to the Chargers on December 12.

In the sportsbook betting odds that have been posted on this game by the folks at Get That Bet, the Broncos are the big favorites:

Sportsbook betting odds courtesy of Get That Bet

Denver Broncos -8.5
San Diego Chargers +8.5

Over 54.5 points -110
Under 54.5 points -110

The one thing NFL bettors need to take from that Charger win at Denver is that they had a very definite formula for victory, and are likely to follow that. What they did was control the football, which is something essential to keeping Peyton Manning on the sidelines. They had 177 rushing yards, including 127 from Ryan Mathews, while Denver could only manage 18 yards on the ground.

Head coach Mike McCoy has put together an offense that often plays “keep-away” from the opponent. They have not only averaged more plays per drive than any team in the NFL (6.85), they have also gained more yards (40.13) and all of this has resulted in more time of possession than anyone else as well, as they have held it for over 33 minutes per contest. That really isn’t a horrible formula for sportsbook bettors to consider, although it may not necessarily translate to the Chargers (+295 money line underdogs at Get That Bet) winning the game straight-up.

Philip Rivers does not want to have to throw the ball that much – indeed, he only had to make 16 attempts last week in the 27-10 win at Cincinnati in the wild card round – but if he has to throw it, he can be very efficient while doing so. Rivers, under the tutelage of McCoy (Denver’s offensive coordinator for the last four years) and Ken Whisenhunt, was almost 70% accurate, with 32 touchdowns. And NFL sportsbook bettors should keep in mind that of their seven defeats, the Chargers have lost only one game by more than eight points (that being a 27-17 loss to Oakland).

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CHARLES JAY grew up around the gaming business, was raised in the boxing business, and along the way has developed a colorful background through a wide range of experiences. Jay was a veteran of almost two decades actively in the boxing industry, as a writer, publicist, matchmaker, booking agent, manager, and promoter. He was engaged as editorial consultant for USA Network's "Tuesday Night Fights" for seven years, and also did some on-air work for USA. He also served as color commentator for, among others, Sunshine Network and Prime Network, and has called more than a dozen world championship fights for national and/or international television. He has been the host of numerous radio programs, including "Sportswatch with Charles Jay" on KDWN in Las Vegas, "Total Action" on WAXY 790 in Miami, and "Charles Jay's Winning Edge", syndicated into 55 markets by the American Radio Networks. For the past 20 years, he has been a professional sports handicapper, and as a consultant to the casino industry from 1993-95, helped to launch Casino Magic in Mississippi as a major venue for sports promotions. Also, he's been a casino/sports gaming columnist for a number of leading publications, including Sports Form, Casino Player, Card Player, and The Gambler. In the 2000's, he became widely known as one of the world's leading proponents and experts on the subject of boxing reform, having been asked to appear on numerous panels and speak at officials' seminars. He was the author of "Operation Cleanup" and "Operation Cleanup 2: Unfinished Business" - two critically-acclaimed e-books that represent arguably the most comprehensive and in-depth examination of boxing reform issues ever put into publication. In 2004 he published a third electronic book - "Body Shots: Outside the Ring and Inside the Game of Pro Boxing". In 2003 he was the recipient of the "Dignity" Award, in the category of "Best Sports Writer," as bestowed by the Retired Boxers Foundation.

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