NFL wild card handicappers are gaining respect for San Diego but Pittsburgh carries a lot of NFL playoffs betting credibility. The San Diego Chargers are coming off a thrilling 23-17 NFL wild card overtime home win over Indianapolis as 1.5-point home dogs.
The Chargers head into this NFL divisional playoffs matchup as one of the hottest teams on the board with 5 consecutive straight up wins and 4 payoffs in those 4 games. San Diego’s main NFL wild card asset is their 4th ranked offense let by quarterback Philip Rivers.
Last week Rivers was 20-36 for 217 yards. San Diego’s main NFL wild card weapon last week was Darren Sproles who had 105 yards rushing and 2 TD’s, including the overtime game winner on a 22 yard score. San Diego’s NFL wild card weakness would be their 25th ranked defense.
San Diego was written off for dead around Thanksgiving time so their NFL playoffs betting psyche has to be about as good as anyone’s in the league. That being said, the Chargers will find a stiff NFL wild card challenge at Pittsburgh where it is rarely fun to play, especially in January.
The Pittsburgh Steelers enter NFL playoffs betting action with a record of 12-4 straight up and 9-7 against the spread. Pittsburgh’s record earned them a bye from last week’s NFL wild card action. The Steelers main asset in the NFL divisional playoffs is expected to be their defense, which was ranked number one in all of football.
Pittsburgh’s offense, on the other hand, is a cause for concern in NFL wild card action as it ranked 22nd and was inconsistent this year. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger enters NFL wild card action with a mediocre 80.1 rating and an alarming 17/15 TD/INT ratio.
Hines Ward was “Big Ben’s” favorite target as he caught 81 passes for 1043 yards and 7 TD’s. The Steelers may have a strong reputation as a home team but there is some concern amongst NFL wild card handicappers regarding the Steelers 5-6 mark against the spread as chalks this year.
The Steelers have gotten the cash in 8 of their last 11 matchups against the Chargers with 4 of the last 6 meetings having gone under the total.
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