San Diego Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers Pick and Preview
- Updated: November 16, 2008
NFL Betting Preview
San Diego Chargers (4-5) at Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3)
Sunday, 4:15 pm Eastern – CBS
SBG Global Opening Line: Steelers – 4 , Total 43
The Pittsburgh Steelers may be a little frustrated losing two of their last three games but they are in far better position than the 4-5 San Diego Chargers. San Diego has played poorly most of the season and star running back LaDainian Tomlinson is having the worst season of his career. The only positive for the Chargers is they play in the weak AFC West where Denver is leading the division at just 5-4. Tomlinson led the league in rushing the past two seasons but has run for just 100 yards in two games this year and hasn’t scored a TD in five straight games. “I guess I’m really concerned about it because football to me is simple,” Tomlinson said. “I think in order to really be successful and to do what you want to do you have to be able to run the football. That’s the way it’s always been.” SBG Global reports that early NFL betting has the public taking Steelers at Home
The Steelers have been dealing with injuries this season but should be in good shape on Sunday as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and running back Willie Parker are expected to play. Roethlisberger has been taking snaps in practice this week and trying to resolve some of the problems he has had in recent games. “I think it’s important that you practice.” coach Mike Tomlin said. “The longer that goes on (missing practice), you start to see issues coming up with timing and cohesion. I think that’s the spot we’re at this point.” Big Ben could have a field day on Sunday against a San Diego defense that is giving up 264.9 yards per game through the air, last in the NFL. On the other side of the ball the Steelers have the league’s top rated defense against the pass, giving up only 171.1 yards per game. They should get tested by San Diego quarterback Phillip Rivers who leads the NFL with 21 TD passes.
The Chargers have never won in the regular season at Pittsburgh going 0-12 but they have won twice there in the playoffs. Here are more NFL betting stats for Sunday’s game. The Chargers are 15-4-1 ATS in their last 20 vs. the AFC. The Chargers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Chargers are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings between the two teams.
The Steelers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games on grass. The Steelers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in November. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between the two teams.
SBG Global Current Line: Steelers – 5 , Total 42
The Under is 4-1 in the Chargers last 5 games overall. The Over is 14-5-2 in the Chargers last 21 road games. The Over is 38-14-2 in the Steelers last 54 home games. The Over is 9-4 in the Steelers last 13 games overall.
Pick: Chargers 2 out of 5 units
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