The Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the most popular NFL franchises thanks to decades of successful play on the field and dozens of superstars donning the black and yellow. Today, Ben Roethlisberger can boast two Super Bowl trophies to his name and Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown are quickly becoming the two best players in the league at their respective positions.
Nonethless, the Steelers will have just one showing on Monday Night Football in 2015, when they travel to San Diego in Week 5 to face the San Diego Chargers. Currently, it is the most expensive ticket to a Chargers home game in 2015 with the average ticket price at $397 and the get-in price at $164, according to data from ticket marketplace TiqIQ.com.
While some fans will be making the trip across the nation to watch the Steelers play in action, many more will be watching on television. The best deal out on the market is DISH TV’s sports packages that start at just $29.99 per month for access to ESPN and, hence, Monday Night Football. You’ll also be able to watch the NFL Network and RedZone for $39.99 per month. So you’d be able to purchase 4-5 months of DISH TV for less than the price of a ticket to the game.
The Chargers finished with a 9-7 record last season, narrowly missing the playoffs after finishing in the 6th seed in 2013. This would be a huge road victory early in the season if Roethlisberger, Bell, and Brown can pull out the W. The Chargers used an early round draft selection on Melvin Gordon so the rookie back will be a focal point of the Chargers offense in Week 5. If the Steelers defense can keep them in the game, there’s a good chance Roethlisberger and company will be able to hang on.
With both teams looking to get back to the playoffs, whoever wins could hold a major tiebreaker in the standings come Week 17. While every game is important, this Monday Night matchup has a little extra going for it.