The Pittsburgh Steelers and San Diego Chargers both have a chance to move above .500 with a win in Week 5. The two teams meet in San Diego on “Monday Night Football” with the Chargers favored to get a second straight victory.
Ben Roethlisberger is out for another game because of a knee injury, and the Steelers are 3.5-point road underdogs at Las Vegas sportsbooks, according to vegasinsider.com. The Chargers beat the Cleveland Browns in Week 4, but they haven’t covered a point spread since Week 1. The Steelers are 2-2, but they are one of four NFL teams without a loss against the spread.
The over/under for Monday’s game is 46 points. Both teams are tied for 11th in the league, scoring 24 points per game.
For a second straight week, Pittsburgh tries to win with Michael Vick as their starting quarterback. Vick is 3-12 in his last 15 starts, having lost in overtime against the Baltimore Ravens last week. He completed 19-of-26 passes against the Ravens, throwing for 124 yards and a touchdown. Vick rushed nine times for 33 yards, and he hasn’t had a 200-yard passing game in his last six starts.
Linebacker Ryan Shazier will sit for a third straight week with a shoulder injury. He was hopeful to play, but didn’t practice on Saturday. Even after missing two games, he still ranks fourth on the team in tackles. Pittsburgh is seventh in the NFL, allowing 18.8 points per game.
San Diego’s starting quarterback is healthy, but a few of his top receivers are battling injuries. Stevie Johnson ranks second on the team with 18 catches for 205 yards, but he’s been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Malcom Floyd, the Chargers’ No.3 wide receiver, is questionable with lingering concussion symptoms. Kennan Allen, San Diego’s top receiver, is averaging 97 yards per game.
Left guard Orlando Franklin is out with an ankle injury, and left tackle King Dunlap will likely sit after suffering a concussion. If the Chargers are able to provide Philip Rivers with good protection on Monday night, he could end Week 5 with more passing yards than any other quarterback. He trails league-leader Andy Dalton by 270 yards.
The game kicks off on ESPN at 8:30 p.m. ET. A free live stream is available online with WatchESPN.