The struggling Steelers head to Los Angeles on Sunday night to face a Chargers team in desperate need of a turnaround.
How to Watch:
When: Sunday, Oct. 13
Time: 8:20 p.m. EDT
Live Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
Last week, Devlin Hodges became the third different quarterback to play for the Steelers (1-4) this season. He entered the game after Mason Rudolph suffered a concussion following a hit by safety Earl Thomas in Pittsburgh’s 26–23 overtime loss to Baltimore.
Hodges completed 7 of 9 passes for 68 yards and also added a 21-yard scramble that helped set up a go-ahead field goal by Chris Boswell for Pittsburgh’s short-lived 23-20 lead. The rookie signal-caller looked as comfortable as he could be given the circumstances of his NFL debut, and he also went 3 for 3 with 38 yards when looking for wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster.
The last completion, though, ended with Smith-Schuster losing the ball via fumble that started Baltimore’s winning drive.
The Chargers (2-3) have no worries at quarterback with veteran Philip Rivers still in charge, but they are struggling to gain traction as they look to avoid a fourth loss in five games. Los Angeles hit the low point of its season thus far with a 20-13 home loss to previously winless Denver last Sunday.
The much-anticipated return of running back Melvin Gordon III, after he ended his contract holdout, failed to provide a spark as he totaled just 31 yards on 12 carries. Los Angeles had just 35 rushing yards overall and failed to record a first down running the ball.
Rivers was completely flummoxed by Denver’s defense, which contained wide receivers Keenan Allen and Mike Williams as they totaled just 92 yards on 10 receptions. Running back Austin Ekeler nearly matched their combined output as he finished with 15 receptions for 86 yards.
The Chargers failed to score an offensive touchdown, with Desmond King racing 68 yards with a punt return late in the third quarter for their first points. After totaling 262 rushing yards without Gordon in its first two games, Los Angeles has just 187 while averaging 2.79 yards per carry in the last three.