Denver Broncos: AFC West Week Thirteen Picks
Chargers @ Steelers
The Los Angeles Chargers (8-3) are in Pittsburgh to face the Steelers (7-3-1) this week.
The Steelers are coming off of a loss to the Broncos last week, while the Chargers won convincingly against the Arizona Cardinals the week after they were defeated by Denver.
This matchup, in my opinion, is probably the best one of the week. Both teams are very strong offensively and have very good defenses.
Pittsburgh continues its strong season in the passing game with Antonio Brown and Juju Smith-Schuster on the other end of Ben Roethlisberger passes.
The Chargers passing game is led by Phillip Rivers and his endless group of wideouts: Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Tyrell Williams, as well as running backs Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler being reliable targets.
The Steelers are 3.5-point favorites at home and my guess is that it will be pretty close.
Steelers 37, Chargers 34
Sunday Night Football will be a battle of two of the AFC’s top teams.
The Chargers will be without Melvin Gordon, but Austin Ekeler will still have a big game (one rushing touchdown, one receiving). Those will be the only touchdowns the Chargers get, however, as Pittsburgh will force three turnovers.
On offense, the Steelers will bounce back from last week, and put the petal to the metal with a huge performance. Ben Roethlisberger will throw three touchdowns and James Conner will have have two rushing touchdowns. Pittsburgh will get a huge win at home.
Steelers 35, Chargers 17
Potential for a really good game here. The LA chargers will head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers. Both of these team have lost to the Denver Broncos in the last two weeks, giving me a very good look at both teams.
The only reason the Broncos beat the Steelers was turnovers. They put up over 500 yards passing last week, and if not for some timely turnovers, that game could have been ugly. But alas, it was not. The Chargers have a very solid defense, and will have to focus on stopping the run and getting pressure on Ben. If the Chargers let the passing game carve them up this week, I don’t think they have a shot.
The Steelers’ defense is ranked 8th overall in the league, and will have their hands full this week. Phillip Rivers currently heads the 5th ranked offense in the league, and has no problem marching down the field and putting up points. A healthy Chargers team is a scary Chargers team. I fully expect Rivers to use his 2nd ranked passing attack to battle it out in Pitt.
Chargers 31, Steelers 27