Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Chargers NFL Sunday Night Football Prediction and Pick (Week 11)

By Dan Vasta in NFL
| November 17, 2021 10:59 am PDT

Sunday Night Football to end the weekend is always a treat, especially this season. We have seen some of the better games of the year in the opening months of the season.

The games are getting bigger and better. These two need a win after both suffering disappointing performances in Week 10.

The Steelers found a way to lose the ball twice in overtime and ended up tying the Detroit Lions. The Chargers lost another tough one at home, this time to the Vikings. Something has to give between a pair of teams that are capable of getting in the postseason.

This nationally televised clash between the Steelers and the Chargers should be pure entertainment. Here are your latest odds at SportsBetting.ag.

Steelers vs. Chargers Odds

Steelers (+5.5)-111
Chargers (-5.5)-119
Steelers to Win+180
Chargers to Win-220
Over 47-110
Under 47-110

The Steelers have covered in five of their past seven meetings on the road as the underdog. They have won four of those outright, and Pittsburgh is often dangerous as the underdog.

Ben Roethlisberger is likely to return, who has gone 15-15 against the AFC West with 59 passing touchdowns and 29 interceptions.

The Chargers have gone 5-5 in their last ten home games as the favorite. They have won six outright in their last ten home games as the favorite.

For those that enjoy gambling on players, check out our complete guide to understanding prop bets. It is time to dissect the latest keys to victory for SNF between the Steelers and Chargers.

Why the Steelers Will Win

The Chargers could be without Joey Bosa and Jerry Tillery (COVID-19). The duo in the trenches are studs that are two of the better players on the entire roster of the Bolts. If those two are out, this team could continue to miss out on reaching the postseason.

Not starting Mason Rudolph is a reason to take Pittsburgh on the road. The Chargers have had their struggles on defense, and the perimeter play of Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson makes them a challenge to defend.

Johnson was able to have a few crucial receptions, with Mason Rudolph struggling to find him early in the game. Rudolph has to be one of the worst playoff-hopeful backup quarterbacks we have seen in years.

How Pittsburgh has not been able to find somebody in the last handful of years is beyond me, but Big Ben will make a difference. The return of Claypool (toe) is always great news.

  • Rudolph career record: 5-4-1
  • 16 career passing touchdowns, 11 interceptions

While the offensive line is average at best, Najee Harris has been able to dominate the flats. He has hauled in passes and dragged and bounced off defensive players.

He is a stud and looks like an absolute future superstar, and he is more than enough to lift the Steelers towards a victory. If you want to get more free picks, check our Week 11 article on the top parlay of the week.

Why the Chargers Will Win

The AFC Wild Card and playoff picture is tighter than ever. There are wins needed, and both squads have had issues on both sides of the ball. Luckily, the talent level is still there to make a run.

Justin Herbert has shown that he can perform among the best signal-callers in the country. Herbert extends plays with his legs, but taking care of the ball is pivotal.

When he finds Keenan Allen, good things often happen. Allen has been one of the top 10 best wideouts in the league for nearly a decade. The past five years have been incredible on how consistent he has been.

  • 2020: 100 receptions for 992 yards, 8 TD
  • 2019: 104 receptions for 1,199 yards, 6 TD
  • 2018: 97 receptions for 1,196 yards, 6 TD
  • 2017: 102 receptions for 1,393 yards, 6 TD

Mike Williams had a great September and early October, but the numbers the past few weeks have suffered. The deep ball was missing in the offense this season. Perhaps Jared Guyton will continue to grow, but others will need to step their games up.

Austin Ekeler has been one of the better pass-catching backs in the league, and the team has often played well when he puts together great performances.

This offense has three of the better playmakers out there. The role players and youth of their quarterback will decide their fate in this game and beyond.

Steelers vs. Chargers Prediction

Pittsburgh has not been able to score enough to put teams away. The Chargers’ defense struggles to get off the field on critical third downs. Issues are there for both, but the overall talent has kept them in most of their games.

The AFC West and AFC North are the top two divisions in football, many will argue. The NFC West could still top, but the AFC side has a good debate.

The Steelers look to be the healthier team entering this one if Roethlisberger is back. However, T.J. Watt is not 100%, and Minka Fitzpatrick is out for this one.

I lean with the steadier franchise, and that has still been Pittsburgh. They could lose a close one but love their chances of covering and winning outright on the road.

Steelers vs. Chargers Pick

Pick
  • Steelers
    +5.5 (-111)

Both of these two could reach the postseason, but it looks less likely by the week. New England or Buffalo will win the AFC East, and the other looks likely to grab a spot. Both of these teams have had their issues on both sides of the ball.

The more desperate team should be Pittsburgh, but this truly is a toss-up game that seems destined to come down to the wire. I love the points with the road team and foresee Chris Boswell coming through in the closing moments.

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