Friday, December 07, 2012

Who I like, San Diego version

The time is now for the Steelers.

Coming off of last weekend's 23-20 win at Baltimore, the Steelers head into the home stretch of the season in good shape to at least earn a wildcard spot in the playoffs.
 
But they could be looking at more.

Baltimore travels to Washington Sunday, then hosts Denver and the Giants in back-to-back weeks before finishing the season at Cincinnati.

A loss by the Ravens - they are two-point underdogs - and wins by the Steelers and Bengals, who host Dallas, would certainly make for an interesting finish.

But I digress.

First up for the Steelers are the Chargers, who are 1-7 in  their past eight games.

San Diego's offensive line, which was already struggling,  has injury issues across the board. For a group that has allowed 36 sacks, that's not a good thing.

And the Steelers are starting to hit their stride in terms of their pass rush.

Ben Roethlisberger also returns for the Steelers and has looked good in practice this week.

The Steelers are 8-point favorites in this game and given that they are allowing 12 points per game at home, they should be in good shape to cover that.

Take the Steelers, 24-13

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Steelers win but don't cover. Ben always struggles after sitting out awhile.
20 - 17.

Anonymous said...

They seem to struggle no matter what!

Easley said...

Washington is a much different team than when we played them. I think they'll beat Baltimore tomorrow. Hopefully we take care of business. It does seem like we always struggle, no matter how weak the opposition.

Anonymous said...

I'm with you on the Ravens going down. Just not the toughest team anymore.

Patrick said...

with history as the guide, I don't see the Steelers winning by 10 or more.

I happen to think that SD is talented. I actually kind of wonder if their HC opening at the end of the season might attract Cowher given Rivers and the 3-4 personnel, but that is a topic for another day.

Anyway, I think the Steelers D will carry the day. I don't expect Ben to come back looking great. I'll go Steelers 20-17 with the Chargers threatening at the end (they always seem to)

Anonymous said...

This has the feeling of a "Tomlin Special": the Steelers will play down to the competition but find a way to escape with a W. Give me 17-14.

Anonymous said...

Bold prediction: Steelers try to go deep early to Wallace to appease him, and it results in an INT or a strip sack.

Dale Lolley said...

I just don't see them struggling against a line with three new starters. They have also held all of their home opponents this season to 14 or under.
It might not be spectacular, but I'm sticking with 24-13.

Andrew Deikun said...

Dale,
Please stop picking the Steelers, they seem to lose when you do. Please pick the Cowgirls next week.