It took a few more days than normal, but thanks to the news on Wednesday that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will more than likely start Sunday against the San Diego Chargers at Heinz Field, the home team has now been installed as a 7 point favorite on even money.
It was also made known on Monday that CBS will have the Steelers/Chargers game as the early marquee matchup and that means Jim Nantz and Phil Simms are in charge of covering it. The duo also called the Steelers win over the Baltimore Ravens last week in addition.
This game, in all likelihood, will be billed as the “Return of Roethlisberger” as he looks to face off against his 2004 draft classmate, quarterback Philip Rivers. Rivers of course was selected fourth overall by the New York Giants, who then dealt him to the Chargers in exchange for Eli Manning, who was drafted number one overall, but refusing to sign with San Diego.
The Steelers of course ended up having Roethlisberger fall in their laps with the 11th pick of the first round as a result of the quarterback shuffle.
The Chargers have yet to beat the Steelers in Pittsburgh in the regular season in their existence as they are 0-14.