The Pittsburgh Steelers will be back on the road again in week 5 as they’ll take their 2-2 record out west to play the 2-2 San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football.
The advance line for Monday night’s game was San Diego minus-6.5, but that quickly fell to 3-points.
The Chargers currently being home favorites is not overly surprising considering both teams are averaging 24 points per game heading into Week 5. Additionally, the Steelers haven’t traveled well to the west coast in recent years.
The Chargers two wins came at home against the Detroit Lions and the Cleveland Browns while their two losses happened on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals and the Minnesota Vikings.
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has completed 70.7% of his passes so far this season for 1,248 yards and 8 touchdowns. He has, however, thrown 4 interceptions so far this season in addition to being sacked 12 times as the Chargers offensive line has been hit hard by injuries early on in the year.
We’ll have to watch the Chargers injury report this week and especially when it comes to their cornerbacks as Jason Verrett couldn’t play this past Sunday because of a foot injury and Brandon Flowers suffered a third-quarter concussion.
The Steelers figure to get deep-threat wide receiver Martavis Bryant back this week from suspension and quarterback Mike Vick should also benefit some from the extra time he’ll have to prepare for this week’s game. Additionally, starting inside linebacker Ryan Shazier is expected to return this week after missing the last two games with a shoulder/neck injury.
The Chargers will also get a suspended player back this week as well as veteran tight end Antonio Gates should make his 2015 season debut Monday night against the Steelers.