Monday Night Betting Matchup: Pittsburgh Steelers at San Diego Chargers

Monday Night Betting Matchup: Pittsburgh Steelers at San Diego Chargers

Site: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego

Date/Time: Monday, October 12 – 8:30 PM ET


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Pointspread: Chargers -3.5

Total: 46 points

The Pittsburgh Steelers will hope to get more out of their passing game on Monday night, and that could well happen, because Michael Vick has had a little more time to practice with the team. If you wanted to use the college standard of measurement, he only accounted for 96 net passing yards against the Baltimore Ravens, as he had 124 through the air but was sacked four times and lost 28 yards. Why do we mention that? Because BetAnySports customers might expect that he will receive less pressure from the Chargers, who only have five sacks in four games.

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Vick has also had a chance to work with Martavis Bryant, who is back from suspension and undoubtedly strengthens the Steelers’ downfield capabilities. Remember that Vick has always been known as a running quarterback, and that is indeed a threat, but he has always had a strong arm, the effect of which has sometimes been mitigated by his tendency to create turnovers. No, the offensive staff, including coordinator Todd Haley, has not had an awful lot of time with Vick, but if they can figure out a way for him to maximize his ability to move around, they could have something rather productive in the Steel City, as Le’Veon Bell. who had 129 yards in the Baltimore game, is picking up where he left off from last season’s 2200-yard (rushing & receiving) season.

It remains to be seen whether the Steelers have successfully addressed the problem that turned victory to defeat, which was their inability to make field goals. Josh Scobee, playing his first year with the club, had two misses against the Ravens, and was subsequently cut, with Chris Boswell about to make his pro debut.

Those BetAnySports patrons who have followed the Chargers know that Philip Rivers has developed a unique ability to improvise, and he will have to do that again, because he is going to be missing some receivers. Malcom Floyd is very likely out with recurring concussion symptoms, and he is joined on the sidelines by Stevie Johnson, who was the team’s second leading receiver (behind Keenan Allen) but has a hamstring problem. On the bright side, San Diego brings back one of its favorite sons, Antonio Gates, who had to serve a four-game suspension but has returned just in time to provide a very familiar target for Philip Rivers.

The Chargers will have to protect him, because Pittsburgh has fourteen NFL football betting sacks, and that is why it is perhaps good news that they will be playing with the same offensive line this week as they did last week. Of course, they would love to get a game-making performance out of rookie Melvin Gordon, who appears to have all the goods, but they would be happy to get some pass-catching out of the backfield on the part of Danny Woodhead (17 receptions, 204 yards).

On the technical side, San Diego has not been covering the football pointspread of late, having done so in only three of their last fifteen contests.

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CHARLES JAY grew up around the gaming business, was raised in the boxing business, and along the way has developed a colorful background through a wide range of experiences. Jay was a veteran of almost two decades actively in the boxing industry, as a writer, publicist, matchmaker, booking agent, manager, and promoter. He was engaged as editorial consultant for USA Network's "Tuesday Night Fights" for seven years, and also did some on-air work for USA. He also served as color commentator for, among others, Sunshine Network and Prime Network, and has called more than a dozen world championship fights for national and/or international television. He has been the host of numerous radio programs, including "Sportswatch with Charles Jay" on KDWN in Las Vegas, "Total Action" on WAXY 790 in Miami, and "Charles Jay's Winning Edge", syndicated into 55 markets by the American Radio Networks. For the past 20 years, he has been a professional sports handicapper, and as a consultant to the casino industry from 1993-95, helped to launch Casino Magic in Mississippi as a major venue for sports promotions. Also, he's been a casino/sports gaming columnist for a number of leading publications, including Sports Form, Casino Player, Card Player, and The Gambler. In the 2000's, he became widely known as one of the world's leading proponents and experts on the subject of boxing reform, having been asked to appear on numerous panels and speak at officials' seminars. He was the author of "Operation Cleanup" and "Operation Cleanup 2: Unfinished Business" - two critically-acclaimed e-books that represent arguably the most comprehensive and in-depth examination of boxing reform issues ever put into publication. In 2004 he published a third electronic book - "Body Shots: Outside the Ring and Inside the Game of Pro Boxing". In 2003 he was the recipient of the "Dignity" Award, in the category of "Best Sports Writer," as bestowed by the Retired Boxers Foundation.

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