Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Chargers Matchup Preview (11/21/2021)
By Max Heering
I will admit that this is an interesting pick for Sunday Night Football. These two teams were supposed to be better than they are but have fizzled out recently. The 5-3-1 Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off a 16-16 tie to the winless Detriot Lions. Mason Rudolph started that game in the absence of Ben Roethlisberger. He threw the ball 50 times but only had 242 passing yards. He did throw one touchdown, but he also threw one interception. Running back Najee Harris was also heavily depended upon in that game. He rushed 26 times for 105 yards but did not find the end zone.
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The 5-4 Los Angeles Chargers are coming off a 27-20 loss against the Minnesota Vikings. The Chargers had a couple of chances to put that game away, but could not execute. Justin Herbert had an uncharacteristically quiet game with 195 passing yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Larry Rountree II rushed for his first career touchdown, and Austin Ekeler caught one touchdown. The Charger’s offense struggled with 253 total yards.
Steelers vs. Chargers Predictions
Both of these teams are dealing with quite a few injuries, but the Steeler’s injuries are a little more notable. The Steelers will be playing without Ben Roethlisberger, T.J. Watt, Joe Haden, Minkah Fitzpatrick, and Juju Smith-Schuster.
The Steelers also do not have a home-field advantage. I think the Steelers are too shorthanded against a Chargers team that can be really good. This game will either be a Chargers blowout or similar to last week’s Steeler’s game against the Lions.