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San Diego Buzz: Chargers in Monday Night Football, Padres' search begins

Last week, Philip Rivers led the San Diego Chargers to a 30-27 win over the Cleveland Browns, a performance good enough to win him AFC Offensive Player of the Week for the seventh time in his career. Now the Bolts look to put back-to-back victories together as they host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.

There are a lot of storylines heading into this game, with most of them centered around injuries for both teams. The Chargers' offensive line has been banged up for almost the whole season, and have depended on a lot of versatile guys to keep them afloat so far. Perhaps the biggest story for the Bolts though is the return of Antonio Gates after serving a four-game PED suspension. Gates needs one touchdown catch to reach 100 for his Hall of Fame-caliber career.

On the Steelers' end, Ben Roethlisberger is sidelined with a knee injury and Michael Vick has stepped in since Week 2. Since Big Ben's injury, the Steelers' passing game has been on the downside, but they look to step it up on Monday night against the Chargers. The Steelers will also start rookie kicker Chris Boswell, just a week after they cut ties with Josh Scobee for his shaky performance in their loss to the Ravens.

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