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Chargers vs Steelers: Rivers, Big Ben set for Sunday night battle

Chargers vs Steelers NFL odds, spreads and predictions

Match information

When is it? Sunday December 2nd

What time is kick off? 8:20 p.m. ET

Where is it being played? Heinz Field

Which channel is it on? NBC

The Los Angeles Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers will clash in a key AFC showdown on Sunday night.

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers played out of his mind in a 45-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals last week.

Against the Cardinals, Rivers set a new NFL record by completing his first 25 pass attempts. He completed 28-of-29 passes for 259 passing yards and three touchdowns in the win.

However, the Chargers may be without running back Melvin Gordon, who suffered an MCL sprain and he will be unavailable for the next few weeks.

The Chargers will turn to do-everything running back Austin Ekeler and rookie Justin Jackson for production out of the backfield. Ekeler is second on the Chargers with 409 rushing yards this season to go along with three rushing touchdowns.

The lowdown

The Steelers had their six-game winning streak snapped by the Denver Broncos, losing 24-17 score last Sunday.

Against the Broncos, the Steelers committed four turnovers. Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed 41-of-56 passes for 462 passing yards and a touchdown, but he threw two interceptions, including a crucial one from the 1-yard line late in the fourth quarter which sealed the victory for the Broncos.

Despite the off week, the Steelers are still loaded on offense.

With Roethlisberger at the helm, running back James Conner carrying the load out of the back field, and the wide receiver duo of JuJu Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown, the Steelers will definitely bounce back at home against the Chargers.

The Steelers are sixth in the NFL averaging 28.7 points per game, and they are fourth averaging 420.8 passing yards per game.

Roethlisberger will try to extend his streak of 300-plus passing yards to four games on Sunday, and the Steelers' defense, which leads the league in sacks with 39, will look to get to Rivers who was sacked four times last week against the Cardinals.

Chargers vs Steelers Spread

The Pittsburgh Steelers are giving the Chargers 3.5 points in this matchup.

This is a tight one to predict, so in that case I'm going to roll with the home team.

I believe weather will play a huge factor in this game. So, when you have a warm weather team like the Los Angeles Chargers going into Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, there's no doubt that the Chargers are going to struggle.

Take the Steelers giving the 3.5 points in this football game.

Chargers vs Steelers Over/Under

The over/under in this football game is set at 51.5 total points.

My final score prediction: Pittsburgh Steelers 28, Los Angeles Chargers 24.

This game will be right on the spread and over/under in this matchup. Roll with the over in this game no doubt about it.

Chargers vs Steelers Moneyline

If you're thinking about rolling with the Steelers, you'd have to put out $180 to win a $100 bet.

A $100 bet on the Chargers, would get you winnings of $150.

Because I believe the Steelers are going to win this game, I believe the Pittsburgh moneyline bet is the most logical way to go here.

So you don't have to worry about the spread and the Steelers giving the 3.5 points, I'd just take the Steelers winning outright.

There's no doubt that this is the smartest bet to take here. Roll with the Pittsburgh Steelers moneyline bet and don't think twice.

Where the game will be won or lost

This football game is going to be an offensive showcase.

You have two of the best offenses in the NFL, led by two of the best quarterbacks in Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Chargers signal caller Phillip Rivers.

Not only are they both fantastic quarterbacks, but the weapons surrounding both of theses teams is pretty remarkable as well.

Roethlisberger will have running back James Conner, wide receivers Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, as well as tight ends Vance McDonald and Jesse James at his disposal.

And even though the Chargers will be without running back Melvin Gordon, Rivers can rely on Austin Ekeler out of the backfield as well as wide receivers Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Tyrell Williams, and tight end Antonio Gates.

There is a ton of offensive firepower in this game, and I don't expect it to slow down come Sunday night.

With all of that said, I believe either of these defenses will need to make a critical turnover in order to really separate themselves in this one.

Will it be the Chargers' defensive end Joey Bosa? Or will T.J. Watt step up for the Steelers? Whoever it is, a key defensive stop will undoubtedly be the difference maker in this matchup.

Daniel Canova
@DanCanova in NFL