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The San Diego Chargers will win against the Pittsburgh Steelers

If the San Diego Chargers beat the Pittsburgh Steelers tonight on Monday Night Football, these three reasons will be why it happens.

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Philip Rivers

I had to include him, but I probably should've added "the offensive line" as well.

The fact of the matter is, Philip Rivers is long as he has time to sit in the pocket and throw when receivers are coming open. He had that against the Cleveland Browns, with a banged up offensive line, and it was just enough for the Chargers to pull off the win.

Assuming the offensive line can make some time for him, Rivers may be good enough to win this one on his own. If he needs some help, he'll have....

Antonio Gates

Gatesy is back!

The future Hall of Famer may be a little rusty, but he's also really fresh. After a full week of practicing, I expect him to play a big role against the Pittsburgh Steelers defense that doesn't defend TEs well. (Pittsburgh has given up more TDs to TEs than every team except the Raiders.)

Gates is not the big-play threat that he used to be, at least in terms of eating up huge chunks of yards, but I do think he makes those 3rd & 6 scenarios a hell of a lot easier tonight.

Speaking of...

Chargers Pass Rush

Melvin Ingram and Jerry Attaochu combined for 3.5 sacks last week, and I saw Kyle Emanuel getting a little more pressure on the QB than he has in recent weeks.

The Chargers defense may be as injured as its offense, but a good pass rush is a cure-all. Ingram and Attaochu have seemingly gotten better each week, and if the Chargers can find a way to slow down Le'Veon Bell on 1st and 2nd downs, these two will find ways to get to Michael Vick and force a few mistakes.