On Sunday night, the Los Angeles Chargers will travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers. The Chargers are 8-3 and one game behind Kansas City for first place in the AFC West. The Steelers are 7-3-1 and are in first place in the AFC North. Both teams will likely make the playoffs, and they both have the offensive firepower to have a realistic shot at making a Super Bowl run.
Chargers Coming In Strong
The Chargers come in off a 45-10 demolishing of the Arizona Cardinals. They were down 10-0 after the first quarter but took control of the game in the second and never looked back. Quarterback Philip Rivers set 2 records in this game. He went 28 for 29 for 259 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions. He tied the record for consecutive completions but broke the record for most consecutive completions to start a game and the highest completion percentage in a game. Melvin Gordon and Mike Williams both had two touchdowns, and Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler had one each.
The Steelers are coming in off a tough loss to the Denver Broncos last week. This was a back-and-forth game, and Pittsburgh had a chance to tie it late. With two minutes left in the game, Pittsburgh had a 1st and goal from the Denver three-yard line. On the first two plays, the Steelers managed to gain one yard. On 3rd down, Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception in the endzone to lose the game. Big Ben went 41 for 56 for 462 yards and one score, along with two interceptions. James Conner only had 95 yards from scrimmage and lost a fumble. JuJu Smith-Schuster was the leading receiver, grabbing 13 balls for 189 yards and a score.
Chargers vs. Steelers News
This game will be a challenge for Los Angeles, as they will be without superstar running back Melvin Gordon. Gordon went down with a knee injury in the game against the Cardinals and is week to week. Austin Ekeler will take over most of the work and is more than capable of performing well. The Chargers will rely heavily on the pass game with Gordon out, and they are 9th in the league with 273 passing yards a game. They rank 7th in the league in rush yards and will be up against a 9th ranked Pittsburgh run defense. That, along with Gordon’s absence, could be trouble for the Chargers.
Pittsburgh comes into the game boasting one of the best offenses in the league. They are 4th in the league in total yards. They are pass heavy and are 2nd in the league with 325 passing yards a game. The run game is 27th in the league in yards. Roethlisberger will face a touch challenge against a strong Chargers pass defense. They are only allowing 227 passing yards a game, which is good for 8th in the league.
Chargers vs. Steelers Prediction
Pittsburgh comes into the game -3.5. Pittsburgh’s defense has been strong all season and will be able to shut down the Gordon-less Chargers. The Steelers offense has too many weapons for the Chargers and will be able to score enough to get a victory here. Take the Steelers to win by at least a touchdown.
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