Monday is apparently "National Grouch Day" across America, which makes sense considering Russell Wilson, Nathaniel Hackett, and the Denver Broncos are featured yet again in prime time when they head to Los Angeles to face the Chargers on Monday Night Football.
The Chargers are back over .500 with road wins at Houston and Cleveland, while the Broncos have lost two straight, including a brutal 12-9 game on Thursday Night Football vs. the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5 in which neither team scored a touchdown.
Rather than wallow and just take in tonight's matchup, let's see if we can make bettors a little less grouchy by cashing in on a few wagers.
Before we dive in, let's take a look at the latest odds for tonight's AFC West showdown from SoFi Stadium:
Broncos vs. Chargers Odds, Spread and Total
Monday Night Football Best Bet for Broncos vs. Chargers
Broncos +4.5 (-110)
This wager on Denver matches up perfectly for National Grouch Day in America, because we really do have to hold our noise and bet this number in a divisional game.
The Broncos, for all their issues have an outstanding defense so far in 2022. Denver ranks second in Football Outsiders' DVOA in total defense, including first in Pass DVOA.
Herbert has struggled this season against blitzing teams, with the 28th ranked passer rating in the NFL vs. the blitz. That's bad news for a team that lost this stud left tackle in Rashawn Slater earlier this season.
Meanwhile, Russell Wilson was reportedly playing through a major shoulder injury and underwent a procedure following their Thursday night loss to the Colts in Week 5 to help speed up the recovery.
Via Chris Raybon of TAN, underdogs who scored single digits the previous week vs. a favorite with a winning straight up record are 171-92-6 for a 65% winning percentage against the spread.
With extra time to heal up from the mini-bye, along with the betting public overvaluing a very flawed Chargers team, I'll back the Broncos on the road. Gross.
Monday Night Football Best Prop Bet
Justin Herbert UNDER 264.5 Passing Yards
Justin Herbert has a difficult matchup ahead of him on Monday Night Football this evening.
The Chargers face one of the toughest secondaries in the NFL, as the Broncos rank second in opponent yards per pass attempt, giving up just 5.2 yards per throw. The way you beat Denver is on the ground, ranking 20th in opponent yards per carry at 4.7 yards per rush.
The Chargers may win, but passing yards are going to be hard to come by. - Iain MacMillan
Monday Night Football Best Anytime Touchdown Scorer
Mike Boone Anytime Touchdown Scorer (+155)
Javonte Williams is done for the season for the Broncos, which led to Denver turning toMelvin Gordon and Mike Boone to take on the load in the backfield.
Boone averaged 5.53 yards per carry on seven carries last week, and I expect him to handle goal line carries with Gordon struggling with fumbles all season. - Iain MacMillan
Game odds refresh periodically and are subject to change.