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The Chargers’ curse on opposing quarterbacks

By Faustino Felix
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 13: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers congratulates Devlin Hodges #6 of the Pittsburgh Steelers after a 24-17 Steelers win at Dignity Health Sports Park October 13, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - OCTOBER 13: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers congratulates Devlin Hodges #6 of the Pittsburgh Steelers after a 24-17 Steelers win at Dignity Health Sports Park October 13, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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CARSON, CA – OCTOBER 13: Devlin Hodges #6 of the Pittsburgh Steelers passes under pressure from Desmond King #20 of the Los Angeles Chargers in the fourth quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park October 13, 2019, in Carson, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA – OCTOBER 13: Devlin Hodges #6 of the Pittsburgh Steelers passes under pressure from Desmond King #20 of the Los Angeles Chargers in the fourth quarter at Dignity Health Sports Park October 13, 2019, in Carson, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /

In Week 2, Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers injured his elbow in the game against the Seattle Seahawks and was subsequently placed on injured reserve. That made Mason Rudolph the new starting quarterback for the Steelers and the likely starter for the Week 6 game between the Chargers and Steelers.

But that was not it for the Steelers. Rudolph himself went down with a concussion after a scary hit by Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas in Week 5. That left undrafted free agent from Samford Devlin “Duck” Hodges to start, and unluckily defeat, the Chargers.

Roethlisberger wasn’t the only quarterback to go down in Week 2. After a couple of blowout losses for the Miami Dolphins, journeyman signal caller Ryan Fitzpatrick was benched in favor of former first-rounder Josh Rosen, who ended up facing the Chargers.

It wasn’t pretty for Rosen, who has now been benched himself in favor of Fitzpatrick. He went 0-3 during his three starts, including a Week 4 loss against the Chargers. He only managed to pass for 465 yards and a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 1-3 in his three starts.

During Week 6, the Tennessee Titans were struggling to move the ball against the Denver Broncos. That was something that had been recurring so far in the season and prompted the Titans to bench Marcus Mariota and hand the reigns of the offense to Ryan Tannehill.

Tannehill couldn’t complete the comeback, as the Broncos shut out the Titans en route to their second win of the season. For the Titans, it didn’t matter, as they announced Tannehill as their starter for their Week 7 game against the Chargers.

That means the Chargers will only have faced three of the seven opposing quarterbacks they were supposed to face, and the casualty list consists of Luck, Roethlisberger, Fitzpatrick, Rudolph and Mariota.

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