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Pick against the spread for Broncos vs. Chargers in Week 14 of 2023 NFL season

Teddy Ricketson gives their pick against the spread for Broncos vs. Chargers in Week 14.

Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers throws during the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on December 03, 2023 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images

The Denver Broncos (6-6) will take on the Los Angeles Chargers (5-7) in Week 14. Kickoff from SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California is set for 4:25 p.m. ET, and the game will air on CBS. This will be the first of two matchups between these AFC West divisional opponents, with the other scheduled for Week 17.

The Chargers are 2.5-point favorites. Los Angeles is installed at -142 on the moneyline, while Denver is the +120 underdog. All odds courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook

Broncos vs. Chargers, Week 14: Pick against the spread

Denver had won five games in a row but lost 22-17 against the Houston Texans last week. Wilson had a rough game passing the ball and finished with 186 passing yards, a touchdown and three interceptions. The Broncos haven’t had a consistent rushing attack, and Javonte Williams finished the loss with 13 carries for 46 yards.

Los Angeles had lost three in a row before picking up a 6-0 win over the New England Patriots. The Chargers only mustered two second-quarter field goals as their scoring output, but it was all they needed with their defense pitching a shutout against New England. Quarterback Justin Herbert finished 22-of-37 for 212 yards.

The Pick: Broncos +2.5

I think Denver goes on the road and covers against Los Angeles. Their defense has been playing much better as of late, and there have been times when Russell Wilson has indeed cooked. Los Angeles was helped by some horrible offensive play from Patriots’ quarterback Bailey Zappe. The Chargers get the benefit of being at home, but the offense hasn’t been able to play consistently. Whether it stays close or Denver takes the win, I think they cover regardless.