The Denver Broncos have opened as a road favorite despite not having head coach Gary Kubiak on the sidelines this week.
Denver opened as a 2-point favorite for Thursday night’s showdown against the San Diego Chargers, according to VegasInsider.com. Kubiak, who left last weekend’s game in an ambulance because of a complex migraine, will take the short week off to rest. Kubiak’s absence hasn’t had much of an impact on the betting line, however.
Early money appears to be going to the Broncos too, as the line jumped a point at the Westgate Superbook and the MGM Mirage rather quickly.
The Broncos are 4-1 after losing 23-16 to the Atlanta Falcons at home last weekend. Rookie Paxton Lynch made his first career start at quarterback in relief of the injured Trevor Siemian and was relatively unimpressive. Lynch threw for a modest 223 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception during the loss.
The biggest question from a betting standpoint could be who lines up under center for the Broncos on Thursday night. Siemian was held out after sustaining a shoulder injury two weeks ago, and the short week might not do him any favors.
San Diego (1-4) is coming off of another gut-wrenching loss, this time to the Oakland Raiders. Each of San Diego’s four losses have come by six points or fewer, which might be the most interesting statistic when evaluating this line.
The Broncos are 4-1 against the spread and have covered both of their road games this season. The Chargers are 3-2 against the spread and 1-1 at home.