The Los Angeles Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers clash in the early hours of Monday morning in the highlight of Week 13 in the NFL.
For too long these two franchises have flattered to deceive, wasting the talents of their respective quarter-backs, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger, who are now at the veteran stages of their careers.
However, there is life in the old dogs yet and we are expecting a QB masterclass when the 2004 draft alumni face-off.
Steelers v Chargers – Over 51.5 Points @ 25/28
Rivers has looked back to his best for the Chargers this year but took his game to a whole new level in last week’s 45-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals. The 36-year-old broke multiple quarter-back records as the Bolts moved to 8-3, posting an historic 96.6 completion percentage.
Roethlisberger, in contrast, has seen his game slip from the high standards of the thrashing of Carolina on November 9, throwing for a combined five interceptions in the last two games.
Having edged past Jacksonville the week before, the Steelers saw their six-game winning streak ended by the Denver, with ‘Big Ben’ gifting the game to the Broncos.
Despite his recent poor performances, Roethlisberger is still capable of shredding any defence on his day, especially when he can call on the likes of Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith Schuster as targets.
While the Chargers will be missing one of their key pieces on offense in running-back Melvin Gordon, Rivers and co should maintain the 28-point average they have set through the first 12 games.
Indianapolis Colts -4 @ 10/11
The Colts continue to stay on the coat tails of the Houston Texans in the AFC South after five straight wins and are expected to heap more misery on fellow divisional rivals Jacksonville on Sunday.
The Jaguars fired offensive co-ordinator Nathaniel Hackett after a seventh straight loss in Buffalo last week, while Blake Bortles has been dropped for the meeting with the Colts, with Cody Kessler getting the nod at quarter-back in his place.
With first-choice running back Leonard Fournette suspended, it is tough to see where the scores are going to come from for a Jacksonville side averaging 17.9 points per game.
Indianapolis were not at their best in last week’s win over the Miami Dolphins but Andrew Luck and co are fancied to get back into their groove as they seek to complete a sweep of the Jags this season.
Carolina Panthers -3 @ 50/59
The Carolina Panthers head to Tampa Bay on Sunday seeking to get their season back on track after three successive defeats. The losing run has seen Cam Newton’s men slip out of the wildcard spots although the clash with the Buccaneers is the perfect chance to stop the rot.
Tampa ended a four-game losing streak last week against the San Francisco 49ers and their offense is not to be underestimated, averaging more yards per game than any other NFL side.
However, they don’t always turn those yards into points and with a defence conceding over 30 points per game on average, Carolina can cover the spread.
The Panthers easily blew out the Bucs on home soil and have won on four of their last five visits to Florida.
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