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Chargers and Steelers leaving it late

12 Oct | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Chargers and Steelers leaving it late

San Diego are living a charmed life at home, while Pittsburgh gained few positives last time out - Monday Night Football could go to the wire

Home advantage and late drama could be the story in a finely-balanced edition of Monday Night Football, which sees the San Diego Chargers (53/100) welcome the Pittsburgh Steelers (31/20) to Qualcomm Stadium.

The Chargers have lived a charmed life at home this season, coming from behind in both games in San Diego, most recently last Sunday.

Neck-and-neck with a dogged Cleveland Browns side for most of the match, they had the chance to take the win in the dying seconds with a field goal.

Howls of anguish rang around the ground as rookie Josh Lambo put it agonisingly wide of the posts, which soon turned to cheers as the Cleveland Browns, doing what they do best, had strayed offside during the kick.

The second attempt sailed straight through the middle and head coach Mike McCoy punched the air in delight.

Over in Pittsburgh last Sunday night, meanwhile, Steelers head coach Mike Tomin was having a very different reaction to watching a field goal sail through the posts, ripping his headset off in disappointment.

There aren’t enough words in the world to accurately describe how many chances the Steelers spurned to put the game to bed long before Justin Tucker’s left peg sunk an outrageous 52-yard field goal in overtime to help the Baltimore Ravens end their worst start to a season in their history in some style.

What little positives there were for the Steelers involved veteran quarterback Michael Vick, currently holding the fort for the injured Ben Roethlisberger.

Vick threw for 124 yards and a touchdown, and at times the 35-year-old showed glimpses of the same speed and agility that made him the Number 1 draft pick back in 2001.

With Big Ben still out, he will need the same movement in the pocket to avoid the Chargers defence.

What’s more, he will have star wide receiver Martavis Bryant back to hit – which could make a real difference. The Steelers are 20/21 to score over 20.5 total points.

On the other side of the tape, the Chargers will also have Antonio Gates back from a four-game suspension.

Why is a 35-year-old tight end coming back into the team important?

Well, he’s one of quarterback Philip Rivers’ favourite targets, and when the man currently leading the NFL in passing yards identifies a rapport, all Chargers fans will be delighted to see him back in the team.

As the Steelers proved against the Ravens, anything can happen in the NFL at any time.

The odds are stacked against them this time out, but the Chargers are susceptible to early pressure.

Don’t look away, don’t adjust your television sets.

This one looks like it could be a cracker.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ San Diego Chargers

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