An entertaining and dramatic Sunday in the NFL concludes as ever with the Sunday Night Football which this week comes from Heinz Field as the Pittsburgh Steelers play host to the Los Angeles Chargers in a match which may have big implications in the AFC.
The Steelers have seen the Baltimore Ravens tie their number of wins in the AFC North so could do with a win here while the Chargers really need to keep on winning in order to keep the pressure on the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West.
Pittsburgh were on a really strong run of six wins in a row before they surprisingly slipped up against the Denver Broncos last week and they will be out to make up for that with victory here. They couldn’t get anything going in the red zone last week which is unlike them actually but when you look at the yardage totals in the match you would wonder how on earth they only scored 17pts.
If they are going to make it through to the playoffs with a bye then they are going to need to be more clinical than that for their remaining five matches. The bright side of the loss last week if there was one is that they were decent enough defensively and that is in keeping with their recent play in that department.
Los Angeles Chargers
The Chargers go into this game off the back of a pretty one-sided beating of the Arizona Cardinals last week and if they can continue where they left off they could yet keep up the heat on the Chiefs in the race for the division. They have won seven of their last eight matches so they are one of the form teams in the entire league let alone the West.
The big test for the bolts in this one will be how they deal with being without their star running back Melvin Gordon. That is likely to put a lot of pressure on the quarterback play of Philip Rivers. The one good thing is that he is not short of options so we can expect the Chargers to come out firing in this one in a bid to score points.
Two powerful offenses led by top level quarterbacks should make for a high scoring and entertaining match. The need for both teams to win the match should ensure that there is an intensity to make big plays and I think that will ensure the scoreboard keeps on ticking over.
Both these offenses can put up 30pts and more with no trouble at all and if either of them were to go beyond 30pts then I’m expecting the 52.5pts line to be covered easily. We’ve had plenty of high scoring Sunday night games this season. This can be another.
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