The popular saying states, "Two men enter, but one man leaves." This is true for the Week 5 Monday Night Football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers. Both teams enter this game with a 2-2 record looking to keep pace with undefeated teams ahead of them in their respective divisions. For the Chargers it is chasing the Denver Broncos, and for the Steelers the Cincinnati Bengals.
Either way, the early odds on this AFC battle has the Chargers as 3-point favorites. It is no surprise the Chargers are favored in this game, the Steelers typically struggle on the West Coast; however, the Chargers only getting the standard "home field advantage" spread of 3 points might come as a surprise to many.
The Vegas odds are standard across the board, all showing the Steelers as 3-point underdogs. The Chargers are a team dealing with a lot of injuries along their offensive line and at wide receiver, while the Steelers look to get several key players back on their roster for the matchup.
Second year wide receiver Martavis Bryant will make see his first game action of 2015 after returning from a 4-game suspension to start the season. Also likely to return for the Steelers is ILB Ryan Shazier, who was nursing a shoulder injury, and Daniel McCullers. The trio will be a welcome addition to a roster which was depleted in Week 4 on short rest.
The Steelers and Chargers have had some memorable matchups in recent memory. In 2005, Ben Roethlisberger was knocked out of the game, but the Steelers would still prevail on a late second Jeff Reed field goal to win. Who can forget the Troy Polamalu interception of Philip Rivers in the snow at Heinz Field, or the Santonio Holmes punt return against the Chargers?
All great plays which make this matchup unique; however, when the dust settles only one team will be 3-2 heading into Week 6, and the odds say this game will be a close one favoring the home team.