Steelers @ Chargers Week 5 Preview and Prediction
The Pittsburgh Steelers head into Qualcomm Stadium to take on the San Diego Chargers in a Monday Night Football matchup that will definitely be one to watch. And definitely a game that the Steelers should and must win.
After last Thursday night’s debacle of a loss at home to the Baltimore Ravens due to “bad play calling” and more importantly..”bad kicking”..the Steelers coaching staff should have learned what it will take to beat the Chargers. Let’s just hope that they see it the way I do..as well as we all should.
1. Martavis Bryant sent deep early and often
Remember the 63 yard pass on quarterback Mike Vick’s first game(preseason) in a Steelers uniform? Bryant was on the receiving end of that pass, and should pick up right where he left off then..as well as last season. By going long to stretch the field, Vick’s best pass is his deep throw. But even if he can’t connect with Bryant, he still has the best wide receiver in Antonio Brown to gain the attention of the Chargers secondary.
2. Feed Le’Veon Bell in the passing game too
Remember the two 4th and shorts that the Steelers failed to converge on in that Thursday night loss to the Ravens? That was due partly in the “bad play calling” that I mentioned earlier, and because ex-kicker, Josh Scobee was borderline garbage. Bell is the key to those conversions. If Cleveland Browns running back, Duke Johnson can exploit mismatches in coverage against the Chargers last with nine catches for 85 yards, what do you think the best running back in the league will do? Offensive coordinator Todd Haley and head coach, Mike Tomlin should give Bell the freedom to freelance so that Vick can get him the ball in space and attack the defense.
3. Pass rush..pass rush..”Pass Rush”
Last week against the Browns, San Diego was forced to start three backups on the offensive line, put that O-Line to the test with Cam Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, rookie Bud Dupree and hopefully the return of a healthy, Ryan Shazier. Although I understand that this is not Dick LeBeau’s defense, “Blitzburgh” should be re-invinted vs the Chargers. Philip Rivers being the 4th ranked QB in sacks received, the Steelers defense should have a field day..on a field.
And 4. “Let Mike Vick Play”
Ben Roethlisberger he is not, but Vick has certain intangibles that Roethlisberger does not possess, one of those intangibles is a sort of a “scat back” instinct. So instead of dialing down the playbook to play to his weaknesses..open it up to play to his strengths. Nothing else to say about that.
If the Steelers stick to these “Keys To Victory”..they should have no problem laying an onslaught of points on the Chargers..even with Vick at the helm.