October 6, 2005 – The San Diego Chargers welcome the Pittsburgh Steelers for the fifth Monday Night Football game of the season. bodoglife.com lists the Chargers as 3-point favorites.
“The Steelers, still nursing their wounds after their first loss of the season to the New England Patriots, will be back in full force to take on the explosive Chargers”, says Calvin Ayre, Founder and CEO of bodoglife.com. “The AFC is tough and these are both very good teams who want to prove they are at the head of the class in the conference.”
After a momentous win against the injury-plagued New England Patriots, running back LaDainian Tomlinson and the Chargers (2-2) will look to pounce on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the visiting Steelers. Coming off a bye, the Steelers (2-1) have had two weeks to stew over their aggravating 23-20 loss to the Patriots. Pittsburgh will need all the energy and grit it has to hold off the prolific San Diego offense.
In other Week 5 games, quarterback Alex Smith makes his first career start for the San Francisco 49ers, replacing Tim Rattay. Smith, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, takes the reins of an offense that was pitiful in a 31-14 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Mexico City on Sunday. The task for Smith and the Niners isn’t easy. They face Peyton Manning and the unflappable Indianapolis Colts, who are 4-0 and a 15-point favorite over San Francisco.
Sunday evening features two emerging AFC powers as the Cincinnati Bengals (4-0) visit the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2). The Bengals, coming off a 16-10 w’n over the Houston Texans, will look to remain undefeated while the Jaguars want to rebound from a 20-7 loss to the Denver Broncos. Bodog Bookmakers have the Jaguars as 3-point favorites.
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