Los Angeles Chargers at Pittsburgh Steelers Week 13 NFL Picks & Predictions 12/2/2018
Sunday, December 2, 2018
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The Los Angeles Chargers head to Heinz Field to play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, December 2, 2018. The opening line for this matchup has Pittsburgh as 3.5 point favorites. The total has been set at 52.5.
The Chargers are 6-5-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 6-5-0. The Steelers are 6-4-1 against the spread and their over/under mark is 6-5-0.
Valuable Los Angeles Chargers Betting Trends
The Los Angeles Chargers are 6-5-0 against the over/under
The Los Angeles Chargers are 6-5-0 against the spread
Important Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 6-5-0 against the over/under
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 6-4-1 against the spread
Key Los Angeles Chargers Injuries
11/26/18 RB Melvin Gordon Knee is out indefinitely
11/25/18 CB Trevor Williams Knee is questionable Sunday vs Pittsburgh
11/13/18 LB Denzel Perryman Knee is out for season
10/31/18 LB Kyzir White Knee IR
09/20/18 CB Craig Mager Hamstring IR
09/04/18 WR Artavis Scott Ankle IR
09/04/18 TE Austin Roberts Knee IR
08/19/18 S Jaylen Watkins ACL IR
08/03/18 TE Hunter Henry Knee IR
07/27/18 CB Jason Verrett Achilles IR
Key Pittsburgh Steelers Injuries
11/25/18 T Marcus Gilbert Knee is questionable Sunday vs LA Chargers
11/25/18 T Matt Feiler Pectoral is questionable Sunday vs LA Chargers
11/25/18 DE Stephon Tuitt Elbow is questionable Sunday vs LA Chargers
11/25/18 TE Vance McDonald Hip injured last game, is questionable Sunday vs LA Chargers
09/16/18 RB Le'Veon Bell Holdout is out for season
09/09/18 WR Eli Rogers ACL PUP
09/04/18 TE Jake McGee Achilles IR
09/04/18 LB Olasunkanmi Adeniyi Hamstring IR
09/04/18 TE Ryan Malleck Undisclosed IR
09/04/18 DB Trey Johnson Shoulder IR
08/03/18 T Jerald Hawkins Quad IR
08/03/18 LB Ryan Shazier Back IR
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Los Angeles Chargers are 13th in the National Football League in points scored with 307. They have run 650 plays this year for 4,422 yards, which ranks them 4th in the NFL in total offense. The Chargers average 6.8 yards per play, which is 4th in the league. As a team they have accumulated a total of 238 1st downs this season, ranking them 5th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Los Angeles has run for 1,417 yards as a unit, which ranks 24th in the league. They've run 282 times, averaging 5 yards per rush as a unit. The Chargers have been penalized on offense 81 times for 679 yards so far this year, which has them 15th in the NFL in penalties. Philip Rivers has passed for 3,119 yards this year. He's completed 239 throws while attempting 344 passes for a completion percentage of 69.5%. His quarterback rating this season is 115.7. He averages 13.1 yards per completion and 9.1 yards per pass attempt.
Los Angeles is 3rd in the NFL in points surrendered on defense with 219. They have given up a total of 3,683 yards on D, which is 15th in the league. The Chargers are 16th in yards per play allowed with 5.5. Their pass defense has allowed 6.3 net yards per pass attempt, ranking them 5th in the National Football League. Opponent offenses have completed 237 throws on 372 attempts against the Los Angeles Chargers defense this season, ranking them 12th and 7th in the league. The Los Angeles pass defense has also surrendered a total of 2,500 yards in the air, which is 3rd overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has given up 269 attempts for 1,183 yards this season, putting them in 31st place in the NFL against the run. The Chargers have had 65 penalties for 530 yards on defense this year. That places them 26th in the league. They've allowed a score on 32.2% of possessions on defense, which is 4th in the NFL.
Special Teams Stats
Los Angeles is 25th in the NFL in punt returns with 28. They've totaled 252 punt return yards and are averaging 9 yards per return, which is 9th in the league. Their longest punt return this season is 56 yards. They have returned 20 kicks for 457 yards on special teams, placing them 30th in kick return yardage. The Chargers average 22.9 yards per kick return and have a long of 40 yards this season. They are 7th in the National Football League in all-purpose yards with 5,253. The Los Angeles Chargers have tried 22 field goals this season and made 18, which is 26th in the league. Their kickers have a FG percentage of 81.8%. Los Angeles Chargers kickers have made 78% of their extra points, going 25 for 32 this season. Their punters have accumulated 1,717 yards on 40 punts, averaging 42.9 yards per punt. That ranks them 3rd in the NFL in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Pittsburgh Steelers have run for 1,052 yards as a team, which ranks 20th in the NFL. They've run 246 times, averaging 4.3 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Steelers have been penalized on offense 83 times for 764 yards so far this season, which has them 21st in the league in penalties. They are 8th in the NFL in points scored with 316. They have run 739 plays this season for 4,629 yards, which ranks them 3rd in the league in total offense. The Steelers average 6.3 yards per play, which is 6th in the National Football League. As a team they have accumulated a total of 263 1st downs this year, placing them 3rd overall as an offensive unit. Ben Roethlisberger averages 7.8 yards per pass attempt and 11.7 yards per completion. He has completed 312 passes on 472 attempts for a completion percentage of 66.1%. His quarterback rating is 95.9. He has thrown for 3,664 yards this season.
The Steelers rush defense has allowed 266 attempts for 1,120 yards this year, putting them in 10th place in the league against the run. Pittsburgh has committed 76 penalties for 678 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 28th in the NFL. They've given up a score on 33.3% of possessions on defense, which is 7th in the league. They are 7th in the league in points allowed on defense with 249. They have surrendered a total of 3,576 yards on D, which is 5th in the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers are ranked 14th in yards per play allowed with 5.1. Their pass defense has given up 5.6 net yards per pass attempt, placing them 9th in the league as a unit. Opposing offenses have completed 247 passes on 396 attempts against the Pittsburgh defense this season, placing them 3rd and 2nd in the National Football League. The Steelers pass defense has also given up a total of 2,456 yards through the air, which is 5th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Pittsburgh Steelers have attempted 13 field goals this season and made 9, which is 5th in the National Football League. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 69.2%. Pittsburgh kickers have made 89% of their extra points, going 33 for 37 this year. Their punters have totaled 2,101 yards on 48 punts, averaging 43.8 yards per punt. That places them 30th in the NFL in punting average. Pittsburgh is ranked 22nd in the league in punt returns with 23. They've accumulated 195 punt return yards and average 8.5 yards per return, which is 23rd in the NFL. Their longest punt return so far this year is 23 yards. They have returned 21 kicks for 416 yards on special teams, ranking 18th in kick return yardage. The Steelers average 19.8 yards per kick return and have a long of 35 yards this year. They are 6th in the league in all-purpose yards with 5,348.
Who will win tonight's Chargers/Steelers NFL game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Steelers -3.5
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