NFL odds players were expecting no more than 5 wins by Denver for the ENTIRE 2009 football gambling season but now consider the Broncos to be AFC title contenders. Any doubts about Denver’s legitimacy were erased in last Sunday’s 20-17 NFL odds win over New England.
The Broncos trailed 7-17 in the third quarter before rallying to send the football gambling matchup into overtime where they beat the NFL odds on a 41 yard field goal by Matt Prater.
Denver rookie head coach Josh McDaniels was under intense fire throughout the offseason and training camp for getting rid of quarterback Jay Cutler and suspending other players. It seemed as if the Broncos were in shambles but they are yet to lose to the NFL odds as McDaniels is now being proclaimed as “coach of the year”.
The most significant reason for Denver’s success with the NFL odds has been their defense, which was one of the worst last year. Under new coordinator Mike Nolan the Broncos rank number one in the NFL for points allowed. Meanwhile quarterback Kyle Orton, the subject of much derision in the summer, has been stellar.
Orton has completed 63% of his passes for 1236 yards with 7 touchdowns and just 1 interception. The San Diego Chargers have a NFL odds record of 2-2 straight up and 1-3 against the spread. The Chargers were expected to win the AFC West in a cakewalk but now trail Denver by 2.5 games.
Head coach Norv Turner is under fire for the poor NFL odds results. The Charger defense continues to be a liability and ranks 25th in points allowed. The Chargers rank dead last with the NFL odds in rushing and that has increased pressure on quarterback Philip Rivers, who has not played up to his phenomenal level of 2008.
The Chargers face a definite must win game in this one. “We have to approach it as a must-win ever week”, said running back LaDainian Tomlinson. Denver has struggled at San Diego with just 1 payout in their last 5 games at Qualcomm Stadium. The Broncos also face the prospect of a potential let down after last week’s emotional win.