Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Los Angeles Chargers Player Props (11/21/21)

Sunday Night Football in Week 11 features two teams desperate for a win as their playoff chances are slipping away. The Chargers are coming off a disappointing loss to the Vikings, while the Steelers are coming off an embarrassing tie with the Lions. Neither of these teams is quite at full strength right now, but they will have to work with what they’ve got in this primetime affair. There will be plenty of betting intrigue in this game from all angles, and in this article, we’ll break down the best available player props for the contest. You can use the player prop search tool below to find the best Steelers vs. Chargers props in the market.

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Diontae Johnson Over 69.5 Receiving Yards

The Steelers could be without Chase Claypool this week, but even if he can play, I’m projecting this as a big game for Diontae Johnson. Pittsburgh’s top receiver has been excellent this season, and with JuJu Smith-Schuster out for the year, he’s been even more critical to the offense. Johnson averages 76.5 receiving yards per game, and he’s gone over this yardage mark in six of his last seven games. The Chargers have a solid pass defense on paper, but they’ve allowed Justin Jefferson (143) and DeVonta Smith (116) to surpass the 100-yard mark in recent weeks. There’s no reason Johnson can’t get to that line, and 70 yards seems like a steal here.

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Najee Harris Over 80.5 Rushing Yards

The rookie first-round pick hasn’t precisely been efficient this season as he’s only averaging 3.7 yards per carry this year. However, the Chargers are allowing 4.8 yards per carry this season, the most in the NFL. Harris has gone over this number in four of his last five games, and it’s come against much more formidable opponents on the ground – Los Angeles has allowed the most rushing yards this year. Over his last five games, Harris is averaging 24.2 rushing attempts per game, and that’s some of the best volume in the NFL. That elite volume combined with a perfect matchup provides an excellent opportunity for the talented rookie to have a huge game.

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Austin Ekeler Under 59.5 Rushing Yards

This is a reasonably well-priced line, but I’m willing to bet on the under here. Ekeler is averaging just 43.5 rushing yards per game over his last four games and has gone over this number just once over that span. Ekeler is a talented running back, to be sure, but he’s battled hamstring and hip injuries this season and hasn’t quite looked himself. The Steelers have quietly been a vulnerable run defense, but Justin Herbert should be able to move the ball through the air in this game, and I wouldn’t be shocked if Ekeler finishes with fewer than ten carries. The Chargers haven’t necessarily been committed to the run this season. Pittsburgh still has a stout front seven that can also limit Ekeler’s volume on the ground.

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Justin Herbert Over 277.5 Passing Yards

It’s been an up-and-down season for Herbert as he’s averaging 282.8 passing yards per game but has only gone over this number in five of his nine games and one of his last four. However, the Steelers let Justin Fields throw for 291 yards against them a couple of weeks ago, and this pass defense is not at full strength. The absences of T.J. Watt, Minkah Fitzpatrick, and Joe Haden cannot be overstated as three of the most critical players on the Pittsburgh defense. With those absences rendering the Steelers’ pass defense less effective, this would be a great opportunity for Brandon Staley to look to get the Chargers’ offense back on track aggressively. Herbert is very capable of having a massive game on Sunday night.

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