Cause by missing the playoffs last year did Steelers coach Mike Tomlin face heat from fans. Pittsburgh has had a total of three head coaches since 1969. This stability has been a key factor in their NFL betting success. However, the fans will be howling louder than ever after a horrible start to this season. True, the Men of Steel are down to third-string at quarterback. But the lack of a supporting cast is equaling appalling. In the same way, the Chargers have been a major disappointment after a month of play. The erratic offense is the main culprit.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Chargers
|Date and Time:||Sunday, October 13, 2019, 8:20 p.m. ET|
|Location:||Rokit Field at Dignity Sports Park, Los Angeles, California|
|Steelers vs. Chargers TV Coverage:||NBC|
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Chargers Overview
Los Angeles has a online sportsbook record of 2-3 straight up, 1-3-1 against the spread and 1-4 under the total. Last week the Chargers lost a 20-13 home game to the lowly Denver Broncos. LA ranks 18th in the NFL for scoring offense and 11th for total defense. Of great concern is a long injury list for the Chargers.
By contrast, the Steelers are 1-4 straight up, 3-2 vs. the odds, and 2-3 under the total. Pittsburgh is coming off a painful 26-23 overtime home loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Overall the Steelers rank 29th for total offense and 16th for defense. Quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph are out. All told Pittsburgh faces potential catastrophe.
Key Steelers: QB Devlin Hodges (77% COMP, 68 YDS, 7.6 AVG, 88 YDS, 0 TD, 0 INT), RB James Conner (58 ATT, 194 YDS, 3.3 AVG, 2 TD), WR JuJu Smith Schuster (24 REC, 333 YDS, 13.9 AVG, 2 TD), PK Chris Boswell (10-10 FG, 9-9 XP)
Key Chargers: QB Philip Rivers (68% COMP, 1465 YDS, 7.6 AVG, 7 TD, 4 INT, 11 SACK, 94.1 RTG), RB Austin Ekeler (59 ATT, 227 YDS, 3.8 AVG, 3 TD), WR Keenan Allen (38 REC, 470 YDS, V12.4 AVG, 3 TD), PK Ty Long (7-9 FG, 9-9 XP)
Pittsburgh and Los Angeles vs. the Odds
The Steelers are:
- 2-3-1 against the spread on the road
- 1-7 under the total in their last eight away games
- 4-12-1 with the number at the AFC West
- 3-9 under the total when on the road against the AFC West
- 3-4 on the board head to head with the Chargers
- 4-1 over the total when playing on the road against the Chargers
The Chargers are:
- 2-6-1 against the spread in their last nine home games
- 2-5 under the total at home
- 1-5 vs. the line when hosting the Steelers
- 2-6 under the total at home against Pittsburgh
- 3-14 on the board when hosting the AFC North
- 1-7 under the total at home vs. the AFC North
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Chargers NFL Betting Picks
On this occasion, the Steelers make for a classic NFL betting contrarian pick. Certainly, the public wants nothing to do with Pittsburgh. However, the Chargers have been a poor home value. Pittsburgh has the proven ability to get the money on the road in this series. LA is questionable chalk due to poor play.
Steelers vs. Chargers NFL Betting Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers
Steelers vs. Chargers NFL Betting Score Prediction: Steelers 21, Chargers 24