Found December 08, 2012 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
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The Pittsburgh Steelers pulled off a big win last week when they beat their division rival, the Baltimore Ravens, 23-20. That game was the third straight game the Steelers played without starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Luckily for the Steelers that streak will end there. Roethlisberger has already been named the starter for Sunday’s game. Injuries have not, however, evaded the Steelers at any point this season. With Marcus Gilbert on injured reserve and Mike Adams out with an ankle injury the Steelers will start, rookie seventh round pick, Kelvin Beachum at right tackle. Beachum started last week against the Ravens, his first NFL start, and played very well. Also not playing this week is corner-back Ike Taylor. Taylor went down early in the game last week with an ankle fracture and will miss 2-6 weeks. San Diego knows all about injuries as well. The Chargers lost both offensive tackles as well as their starting left guard to injuries last week against the Bengals. Head Coach Norv Turner does not expect any of the three to play this week. These injuries just add to the dessimated Chargers line. The only healthy offensive tackle on the Chargers roster is Kevin Haslam and he was just signed off the practice squad two weeks ago. As of now the Chargers offensive line for Sunday will be a guy two weeks removed from the practice squad, an undrafted rookie free agent, and a few guys that haven’t played much at all so far 2012. That doesn’t instill much confidence for a team that is already struggling to do much so far during the 2012 season.   Keys to the game: 1.) Don’t Play Down to the Competition – The Steelers have lost games against the Browns, Titans, and Raiders this year. All three of those teams will likely be picking in the top ten of the 2013 NFL Draft. San Diego will also be in that group unless they turn their season around and the Steelers can’t afford another let down. Had the Steelers beat the Titans and Raiders they would be tied for the second seed in the AFC; instead they are fighting for a wild card spot. 2.) Keep Dwyer Rolling – The Steelers running game has been at it’s best when they have used a feature back. A running back by committee approach was not working and Dwyer has shown that he deserves the bulk of the carries. If the Steeler want to keep the offense rolling with Ben back they will need to keep Dwyer going. This approach also allows Isaac Redman return to his role as a situational back. Redman has been very good in this role and had 43 yards on 9 carries last week including a big 24 yard run. 3.) Get Big Ben some Momentum – Ben Roethlisberger will be back in the line-up for the first time in three weeks and he may be a little rusty. It will be important to get him some easy throws early on so that he can get going in the passing game. A couple of early completions could set the tone for the rest of the game. 4.) Pressure Rivers – Phillip Rivers is prone to throwing the ball away under pressure and by away I mean to the defense. Rivers will be playing behind a patch-work offensive line this week and the Steelers will need to keep the pressure on him all day. The defense should have field day against this offensive line and can’t allow them to get any early momentum. 5.) Keep Ben Clean – Roethlisberger will be returning this week, but will likely still have some pain in his shoulder and rib area. It will be important for the Steelers’ offensive line not to let him get hit too many times this week. The last thing this team needs is to lose Roethlisberger again for any period of time. If that was to happen it may signal the end of the 2012 season for the Steelers.   Prediction: The San Diego Chargers are in a free fall. After starting 3-1 they have lost seven of their last eight games. In those eight games the Chargers have remained competitive and have lost by seven points or less five times this season. San Diego is still a dangerous team at times, but the injuries to thier offensive line may just cripple any chances their offense has to make plays in the passing or running game. With Ben Roethlisberger back on offense and the defense starting to play lights out it’s hard to see the Steelers stumbling against the Chargers. Pittsburgh struggles to pull away from teams however, but this week I think they pull away early and walk away with a big win 30-6.   The post Week 14: The Pittsburgh Steelers vs The San Diego Chargers appeared first on SteelBlitz.
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