The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season is on the line. Sure, they still have 10 games on their schedule after their Week 6 game against the Los Angeles Chargers, but if they fall to 1-5 the hole they would have dug for themselves could be too steep to climb out of.
However, if they are able to pull off an upset in Los Angeles, they would head into their Week 7 bye week with some momentum. Momentum which could continue with a Week 8 Monday Night Football matchup with the now winless Miami Dolphins.
Winning this game with Ben Roethlisberger, or even Mason Rudolph, at quarterback might have fans feeling more confident, but the team is now looking at third string quarterback Devlin Hodges to try and get the team their second win of the season.
While the offense might struggle at times, the defense should be more than good enough to put the team in position to win at the end of the game. Entering Week 6, the Steelers were tied for the NFL lead with turnovers (12), and third in sacks (19). They will need both of these plays to give the offense more possessions, and opportunities to win the game.
With all that said, who do I think will win this game? Call me crazy, but I think Hodges is a risk taker, and might be just what the doctor ordered for the Steelers to win this prime time game. The defense should get pressure early and often on Philip Rivers, which could result in turnovers. As long as Hodges, or another offensive player, doesn’t make that costly mistake, I like the Steelers to go on the road and exorcise some west coast demons and beat the Charters 24-20 heading into the bye week.
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