Stephen Nover's NFL Sunday Night Big Ticket
(NFL) Pittsburgh vs. LA Chargers, 11/21/2021 8:20 PM, Score: 37 - 41
Total: 46.50 | -110.00 Over
Result: Win
Now that Ben Roethlisberger has cleared COVID-19 protocols, I feel confident playing this game Over the total.

The Chargers have an above average offense and an elite QB in Justin Herbert. The Chargers catch a major break in that Pittsburgh is going to be without it's best pass rusher, best safety and top cornerback as T.J. Watt, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Joe Haden have all been ruled out.

The Steelers aren't the same minus the dominant Watt, perhaps the best pass rusher in the NFL, and the dynamic ballhawk Fitzpatrick. The Steelers are thin at linebacker, too, after trading Melvin Ingram to the Chiefs earlier this month.

The Chargers are averaging 29.7 points in their past four home games. The weather will be perfect here.

I expect the Steelers to contribute their fair share of points. LA ranks last in run defense. Najee Harris is the sixth-leading rusher in the NFL. Pittsburgh's young offensive line has been showing improvement.

If the Chargers stack the line to key on Harris, Rothelisberger is savvy enough to hurt LA with play-action. It's a plus for Pittsburgh that big-play wideout Chase Claypool is expected to play.