Chargers vs. Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers will try to avoid losing their third straight game when they host the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night at 8:20PM ET.

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The Chargers defeated the Dolphins 23-13 last week as 7-point favorites. Philip Rivers threw for 303 yards and had a touchdown run in the win for San Diego, while Vincent Jackson caught five passes for 120 yards.

The Steelers dropped to 1-2 on the season with a 23-20 loss to the Bengals in Cincinnati as 3.5-point favorites. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 276 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the loss, while Willie Parker rushed for 93 yards on 25 carries and a TD reception.

Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made the Steelers 7-point favorites over the Chargers on Sunday night. The over/under total for this matchup has been set at 43.

The Steelers have failed to cover this season, so it’s a little surprising that oddsmakers would make them 7-point favorites. Without a consistent running game at their disposal, Pittsburgh is going to continue to struggle putting teams away in the fourth quarter.

The Steelers will once again be without Troy Polamalu, so we expect San Diego to attack the middle of the field with Antonio Gates and take advantage of a beat up Pittsburgh secondary.

The running games for both of these teams will continue to struggle, so this could be a potential shootout to some degree. We like San Diego to keep things close, just as they did last year when it played in Pittsburgh. We just don’t trust that this will be the first time the Steelers will cover this season.

Our NFL Week 4 Free Pick for this matchup is: SAN DIEGO CHARGERS +7 and OVER 43.

Chargers at Steelers Current Odds

225 San Diego Chargers +7 Over 43 Moneyline: +200

226 Pittsburgh Steelers –7 Under 43 Moneyline: -240

NFL Week 4 Betting Trends

PITTSBURGH is 78-50 ATS (+23.0 Units) as a favorite of 3.5 to 9.5 points since 1992.

PITTSBURGH is 39-19 ATS (+18.1 Units) as a home favorite of 3.5 to 7 points since 1992.

PITTSBURGH is 40-21 ATS (+16.9 Units) in October games since 1992.

PITTSBURGH is 1-1 against the spread versus SAN DIEGO over the last 3 seasons

PITTSBURGH is 2-0 straight up against SAN DIEGO over the last 3 seasons

1 of 2 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

SAN DIEGO: 10-3 Over if total is between 35.5 and 42

PITTSBURGH: 12-1 ATS at home off SU division loss as favorite

San Diego is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh

San Diego is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games

Pittsburgh is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games

NFL Week 4 Injury Report

San Diego Chargers

Antwan Applewhite, LB, Out Week 4 (hamstring)

Nick Hardwick, C, Out Week 4 (ankle)

Travis Johnson, DE, Out Week 4 (groin)

Shawne Merriman, LB, Questionable Week 4 (groin)

Antoine Cason, CB, Probable Week 4 (groin)

Mike Scifres, P, Probable Week 4 (bilateral groin)

LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Probable Week 4 (ankle)

Louis Vasquez, G, Probable Week 4 (knee)

Pittsburgh Steelers

David Johnson, TE, Out Week 4 (ankle)

Troy Polamalu, S, Out Week 4 (knee)

Willie Parker, RB, Doubtful Week 4 (toe)

Justin Hartwig, C, Probable Week 4 (ankle)

Matt Spaeth, TE, Probable Week 4 (hip)

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Posted: 10/4/09 5:30PM ET

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