Chargers: Losing the revenge game
Week 6: Pittsburgh Steelers
The Chargers and Steelers get a rematch of last year’s Sunday Night football matchup, again on a Sunday night. Pittsburgh has lost Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, but they’re absolutely still a contender. It’s really a coin toss matchup at this point. I like the Chargers’ defense better, but do tend to trust the Steelers more in crunch time. The game comes down to the wire, but the Steelers take the game.
This is one of the toughest games to decide, but the Steelers will be out for blood with how last year’s game ended. If Keenan Allen decides to have a big game like last year though, the Chargers certainly have a chance. But with the hot start, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the team take a loss here.
Week 7: Tennessee Titans
The Chargers right the ship with a win here. Expect big days for Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson on the ground (unless Melvin Gordon decides to show up?). The secondary for the Titans is still somewhat mediocre as well, so a big day from Rivers can be expected. The big x-factor will be Marcus Mariota. Mariota is entering the final year of his deal and needs to play well, especially with Ryan Tannehill breathing down his neck in the backup spot. This is Mariota’s last chance, and he’ll have to prove it week in and week out this season to remain the starter.
Ultimately, the Chargers just have too many weapons on offense for the Titans to keep up. Expect a score along the lines of 33-20.