The fifth week of the 2015 NFL season comes to a close Monday evening as the San Diego Chargers host the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Chargers opened as a field goal favorite, but the line has climbed as high as four points at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The moneyline has the Chargers between -181 and -200, and the Steelers between +165 and +170.
The Steelers were expecting suspended wide receiver Martavis Bryant back this week, but he suffered a knee injury in practice, and will not play. The team will also be without linebacker Ryan Shazier due to a shoulder injury.
The Chargers welcome back tight end Antonio Gates from a suspension. He will move back into the starting lineup ahead of Ladarius Green. However, the Chargers will once again be without several members of their offensive line due to injuries. Left guard Orlando Franklin is out, left tackle King Dunlap is doubtful, and center Chris Watt and right guard D.J. Fluker are both questionable.
The Steelers are 2–2 SU and 2-0-2 ATS through the first quarter of the season. They are 8–2 SU and 7–3 ATS in their last ten games against the Chargers according to the OddsShark NFL Database, and 4-1 ATS in the last five such games in San Diego.
This is the third game this season in which the Steelers are a road underdog. They are 1-0-1 in those games. They were 2–2 SU and ATS in four such games last season.
The Chargers are 2–2 SU and 1–3 ATS through the first four games of the season. They are 1–6 ATS in their last seven home games, but 10–3 SU in their last 13 such games.
This is the second time this season the Chargers are a home favorite of no more than four points. They won and covered against Detroit in Week 1. They lost one such game in 2014, and won and covered one such game in 2013.
The point total for the Steelers vs. Chargers betting matchup is set at 46. The total has gone UNDER in five of the last seven games between these two teams in San Diego. The total has gone UNDER in five of the Steelers' last seven road games, and in four of the Chargers' last seven home games.
The OddsShark Computer predicts a 29.1–18 Chargers win, which would mean a Chargers cover and the OVER.