San Diego Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Preview
San Diego has a 6-21 record all-time against Pittsburgh which includes a 2-15 record on the road. The Chargers are 2-8 in their last 10 games against Pittsburgh which includes a loss in their last meeting during the 2009 season.
The Lightning Bolts are 0-6 against teams that currently have a player with an above average quarterback rating. Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger ranks sixth in QB rating and could return from injury on Sunday.
In his career against Pittsburgh, San Diego QB Philip Rivers has five touchdowns and three interceptions.
San Diego’s offense could be in for a long day because Pittsburgh gives up 5.8 yards per pass attempt which ranks first in the NFL while they rank sixth in terms of fewest yards allowed per rushing attempt.
If Roethlisberger is not ready to go on Sunday, Pittsburgh’s offense could also be in for a long day as well because San Diego ranks fifth in fewest yards allowed per rushing attempt while they rank 12th against the pass.
As a team, Pittsburgh ranks 23rd in yards per pass attempt, but Roethlisberger ranks 14th among quarterbacks in this category.
If Roethlisberger is ready to play, I expect Pittsburgh to win on Sunday because San Diego is 0-6 against teams that have a player with an above average QB rating and they are 0-5 against teams with winning records.
I expect a hard fought game because while San Diego is 1-7 in their last eight games, five of these losses were decided by seven points or less.
If Big Ben is ready to go, I expect Pittsburgh to win 23-17. If Roethlisberger does not play, I expect San Diego to win 20-10.