Steelers vs. Chargers: Oh, how the mighty have fallen. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Chargers have been perennial playoff contenders since their respective quarterbacks, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers, entered the NFL. But so far this season, these teams put on some of the league’s worst performances.
Things are a bit better in Los Angeles than in Pittsburgh. The Chargers have won only two games, against a Colts team shocked by Andrew Luck’s retirement and the historically bad Dolphins. Last week, the Chargers lost to a previously winless Denver squad.
During that game, Denver’s defense froze LA’s offensive attack. Rivers threw for only 211 yards, with two interceptions along the way. No Chargers running back averaged more than 2.6 yards per carry.
Entering the game ranked at 28th in DVOA, the Chargers let the Broncos running game take over. Phillip Lindsay ran for 114 yards, and Royce Freeman added 61.
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Date: Sunday, Sept. 15
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
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Outside of Austin Ekeler’s dynamic play, the Chargers haven’t done much well. However, they have the advantage over the Steelers because they won’t have to start their third-string quarterback.
The Steelers did everything they could on defense against the Ravens last week, pulling down three interceptions and five sacks. But when you have a quarterback combination of Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges, defense can only do so much. Pittsburgh’s lone win during this season was against the Bengals, and you have to wonder if they will get many more.
Pittsburgh’s running game has been OK at best, and their passing game has been abysmal. With good odds that Hodges will start, you have to lean toward LA. Even a down season for Rivers is better than a third-string undrafted QB.
Yes, the Steelers almost beat the Ravens last week, and they have been surprisingly competitive against good teams. However, they have so few offensive weapons. It’s hard to imagine them being the favorite in nearly any game. While they have kept games close, they have also lost.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Chargers
When: Sunday, Oct. 13 at 8:20pm ET (coverage begins at 7pm ET)
Where: Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, CA
Streaming: Sunday Night Football airs exclusively on NBC and is available on any platform that carries the network. Fans have a number of options for streaming the week’s marquee game.