One of the toughest things to do before the start of the season is to predict how each team will do over the course of the coming year. Sure, we have a general idea of the most talented squads out there, and which teams are well short of where they need to compete, but there is no real way to know what a team will do once the action actually begins. Some teams are going to be exactly as advertised, while other will over or underperform their preseason expectations.
Then there are those teams that are going to get hammered by injuries that can derail a season before it even really gets a chance to begin. The Pittsburgh Steelers are falling into that latter category right now, as they are being forced to play the majority of the season without the services of QB Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers look to be sinking like a stone, but they will try to save their season when they head to LA to face a Chargers team that is also underperforming this season. The Chargers are favored by 6 ½ points at home, with the point total set at 41.
Steelers vs Chargers 2019 NFL Week 6 Odds & Pick for Sunday Night
- When: Sunday, October 13 at 8:20 PM EST
- Where: Dignity Health Sports Park, LA
- TV: NBC
- Radio: SiriusXM/NFL
- Live Stream: NFL League Pass
- NFL Odds: Los Angeles Chargers -6.5 (Total 41)
- Partly Cloudy: 22°C/71°F
- Humidity: 20%
- Precipitation: 2%
- Cloud Cover: 1%
- Wind: 8 mph ESE
- Stadium Type: Open
Why bet on the Pittsburgh Steelers?
It’s something of a bad news/good news scenario for the Pittsburgh Steelers this week. We already mentioned that they would be without the services of Big Ben for the rest of the season, but things looked even bleaker when Mason Rudolph was carted off against the Ravens last weekend after taking a concussive blow to the head. That’s all bad, but the good news is that Rudolph returned to practice on Wednesday and looks set to get the start on Sunday night.
The 1-4 Steelers needed some good news, but they also need to start winning. No guarantees here, though, so perhaps wait until the starter is announced. Pittsburgh has traditionally been good versus the Chargers, going 9-3 SU in their last 12 meetings, as well as 5-1 ATS in their last 6 trips to LA.
- Points per Game: 19.80
- Passing Yards: 213.60
- Rushing Yards: 67.00
- Yards per Play: 5.20
- Points per Game: 22.80
- Passing Yards: 229.80
- Rushing Yards: 126.00
- Yards per Play: 5.10
Why bet on the LA Chargers?
The task for the Chargers this season was always going to be tough, as winning the AFC West would mean somehow beating out the Kansas City Chiefs. There were many who believed that the division would turn into a 2-horse race, but the Oakland Raiders have been better than expected, forcing the Chargers down into the #3 spot in the division with a 2-3 record.
Despite their slow start to the season, let’s not forget that the Chargers have still won 14 of their last 20 games. They have struggled against the spread when playing the Steelers and are also 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. October has proven to be a good moth for this team though, as they have won 6 of their last 8 games played in that month.
- Points per Game: 20.60
- Passing Yards: 282.40
- Rushing Yards: 89.80
- Yards per Play: 5.83
- Points per Game: 18.80
- Passing Yards: 215.00
- Rushing Yards: 119.80
- Yards per Play: 6.04
Steelers vs Chargers NFL Week 6 Betting Trends
- Chargers are 6-2 SU in their last 8 games played in October
- Chargers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games played in week 6
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Chargers’ last 5 games at home
- Steelers are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games on the road
- Steelers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games when playing on the road against LA Chargers
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games against an opponent in the AFC conference
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction for Steelers vs Chargers
This is a tough one to predict until we get an update on the Steelers QB situation. If it’s Rudolph that starts, then the Steelers could keep this thing close, but if it’s Devlin Hodges, who knows what to expect? For now, I’m going with Rudolph starting and the Steelers covering the spread.
Score: Pittsburgh Steelers 20 – LA Chargers 23
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