The Pittsburgh Steelers will play their tenth regular game of the 2021 season on the road Sunday night against the winless Los Angeles Chargers, and they will likely enter the contest marked as near-losers. Here are five key things I believe the Steelers will need to do in Sunday night’s game at SoFi Stadium to get out on the field with their sixth win of the 2021 season.
Pre-charge usually on the ground – The Los Angeles Chargers will have a substitute outside Joey Bosa Sunday night against the Steelers, but they will be without two other key defensive players due to COVID-19 issues. Chargers defensive line-up Christian Covington and Jerry Tillery will miss Sunday night’s showdown with the Steelers due to both remaining on the Subs/COVID-19 roster. Additionally, the Chargers may be without defensive midfielder Linval Joseph. on Sunday night as well as he participated in the weekend was listed as suspicious on the team’s injury report. The Chargers’ defense doesn’t run well even with Covington, Tillery and Joseph, so it makes sense that the Steelers’ offensive team should try to run early and often against front seven. The longer the Steelers attack came on Sunday night, the less chance Bosa had to run after defender Ben Roethlisberger, so that was another incentive to keep rookie Najee Harris busy early and often. It would be really disappointing if the Steelers couldn’t run on the Chargers on Sunday night.
Be West Coast Blitzburgh – With Steelers outside substitute TJ Watt not playing Sunday night due to injury, Pittsburgh’s four outside substitutes for that competition will be Alex Highsmith, Taco Charlton, Derrek Tuszka and Delontae Scott. That’s clearly not the idea and hopefully Tuszka and Scott won’t have to play much. No Watt on Sunday night will mean the Steelers’ defense could be in trouble as they come under constant pressure on Chargers midfielder Justin Herbert if the unit is constantly pummeling four or fewer players. In short, the Steelers’ defense should have pretty much boosted their attack rate on Sunday night. The unit had to force Herbert off the ball extremely quickly throughout the game and especially with two other key defensive starters, safe Minkah Fitzpatrick and cornerback Joe Haden, not playing Sunday night.
Chasing Boom Occasionally Play Deep – The Steelers will be getting more Chase Claypool recipients back on Sunday night against the Chargers and that’s definitely great news. The Chargers defense will likely be pegged in stopping the Steelers from running the Game on Sunday night, and if that’s really the case, Claypool and other widespread recipients Diontae Johnson and James Washington will occasionally get Cover images- 1 looks like a man. Roethlisberger isn’t afraid to go deep with the Cover-1 man, so I’d expect him to throw about five or six times as deep as that coverage. Towards the end the Steelers offense has indeed missed out on the explosive on-field plays that Claypool produced in his new 2020 season and that included some of the penalties hindering the deep pass he took. plug out. If the Steelers are to win Sunday night in Los Angeles, the offense needs to run the football consistently and effectively with a few coordinated explosive passes. Claypool will be on the field on Sunday night when he returns and the Steelers really need him as it is.
Be prepared to be warmed up often – Herbert will certainly use Sunday night’s warm-up play against the Steelers defense as his tapes from this season speak volumes. In fact, he’s had 22 finishes outside of pocket action so far this season with 3 of those being for touchdowns, Those 22 finishes totaled for a total of 309. yard pass for Chargers fouls. That Herbert warm-up usually results in the Chargers quarterback taking an easy level-style throw or taking a deep shot. The Steelers defense has certainly been paying attention to Herbert’s heavy warm-up action so far this season and how the counter-attacking unit will be interesting to watch.
Don’t give, Give, Give, Right now – During Week 10 at home, the Steelworkers tired the Detroit Lions. Why? Well, losing the spin battle 3-0 is probably a good place to start. Not only that, all 3 goals scored by Steelers took place in the yard of the Lions. During the season, the Steelers had a total of 11 giveaways and 10 came from offense. While that’s not terribly many, it’s still a lot when you consider the Steelers only had 8 points during the season. It’s hard to imagine the Steelers’ defense registering as many, if any, flips on Sunday night against the Chargers like that in a shirt, better offense than not letting the football go as the unit did on Sunday. last week. Losing the revenue battle with the Chargers on Sunday night on the road is certain to lose you.
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