Chargers vs. Steelers Match Preview & Betting Odds 2018/19

Spread: Steelers by 3.5 Over/Under: 51.5 Money line: Chargers +155.00; Steelers -185.19

All eyes will be on Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to start the game. After completing his first 25 passes last week and going 28-29 for the game, will he pick up where he left off? Arizona’s pass defence (fourth in yards/game allowed) is actually better than Pittsburgh’s (sixth).

If he can, or even if he just gets off to a strong start, the Steelers could be in trouble. Philip Rivers is one of the best, and he does have quite a few weapons to work with. He will be without Melvin Gordon this week, but that just means the team will likely pass more. If that isn’t the case, Austin Ekeler is not an easy guy to bring down.

It would be easier to have faith in the Steelers defence had the Broncos not played as well as they did. Yes, Ben Roethlisberger did throw for 462 yards on the Broncos, but he also had two interceptions and only a single touchdown.

But Roethlisberger is not going to find it as easy to throw on the Chargers (seventh in passing yards/game allowed). With Joey Bosa in the lineup finally, the Chargers pass rush is going to get much better than it has been.

So—who’s going to win?

Losing Melvin Gordon hurts, but the Chargers will have plenty of options on offence. The Steelers defence is going to struggle to contain them all. To be fair, the Chargers defence will have its work cut out for it with JuJu Smith-Schuster, Antonio Brown, and James Conner.

But the Chargers will be able to slow them down enough to get the win.

Take the Chargers to win, straight up and against the spread. As for the over/under—with the way both offences can produce, the over is probably a safe bet.

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