After winning the first game of his career last week, Chargers’ rookie quarterback Justin Herbert wanted to prove himself once again against an injury hit Denver Broncos team. The Broncos have been struggling with injuries all year but won 2 of their last 3 games. The one loss came last week as the Kansas City Chiefs absolutely demolished them 43-16.
The Chargers started off well and built a solid lead by halftime. The Chargers were up 14-3 to start the second half. They built on this great first half at the beginning of the second as they scored 10 unanswered points. At this point they had a 21 point lead and a 98.8% win probability. But such a big lead is not very reassuring for the Chargers as they blew multiple 16+ point leads in the past few weeks. On cue, there was a huge momentum change when Broncos’ running back Philip Lindsay broke out for a 55-yard touchdown run to score the Broncos first touchdown.
The Chargers punted on their next drive and both young quarterbacks exchanged interceptions. Herbert’s pick was more costly as the Chargers had prime field position just inside the red zone.
The fourth quarter started and the Broncos scored a touchdown to close the gap to 7. This could have been another moment for conservative live bettors to jump in and put their trust in a Broncos comeback / Chargers collapse. The Chargers then answered with a field goal to extend their lead back to 10. The Broncos then scored an amazing 2-play touchdown after an amazing 40-yard touchdown throw from Drew Lock.
The Chargers then had to settle for a field goal as they led 30-24. With 2 minutes and 30 seconds left it was Drew Lock’s moment to prove what he can do in clutch time. Lock took advantage of the opportunity by driving down the field and the Broncos were helped by a pass interference in the end-zone by the Chargers. This gave the Broncos one final play to score and they did just that. Lock threw to rookie wide receiver KJ Hamler and Brandon McManus scored the extra point to win the game 30-31.
Week 8 – November 1, 2020
Line: LAC -3 | Over/Under: 45
Los Angeles Chargers (2-4, 1-2 Away) at Denver Broncos (2-4, 0-3 Home)
Chargers’ Win Probability: 98.8%