The Pittsburgh Steelers come into this one looking to continue their winning ways out of the bye week as they visit the injury-ravaged Kansas City Chiefs who have been quite possibly the streakiest team in football this year.
Are they set for another winning streak?
When: Sunday, 8:20 PM EST
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
LINE: +10.5 (Denver), O/U 39.5
Pittsburgh have won five of their last six games with their lone loss coming to the Baltimore Ravens two weeks ago, while KC started off the season losing three in a row, then won their next four, and now have lost their last three.
The Steelers as usual, are battling it out for the top spot in the AFC North, primarily due to their outstanding defensive play. They sit in the top 10 in both rushing, and passing defense.
As a team they give up just over 180 passing yards per contest and against the run they are just as good, sporting the number six rushing defense in the NFL. They accomplish that by giving up less than 100 rushing yards per game.
On offense they are a little less balanced, and rely pretty heavily on the passing game. This is a bit unusual for the Steelers, but they are still getting the results that they want under the leadership of QB Ben Roethlisberger.
Big Ben has been pretty efficient in his last six games. Throwing thirteen touchdowns to just four interceptions against some solid competition. It’s no wonder they went 5-1 during that stretch.
Meanwhile, the Chiefs are a team that is in flat out disarray this season. They lost their franchise running back (Jamaal Charles) in the first quarter of the team’s second game this season and haven’t been the same since.
Then just two weeks ago, they lost franchise quarterback Matt Cassel for the rest of the season. However, they did claim former Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton on Wednesday. He’s expected to report to the Chiefs on Thursday, though it’s unlikely that he’ll be up to speed in time for Sunday’s game
If that’s the case, Tyler Palko will make his second consecutive start. He was 24 of 37 for 230 yards and three interceptions in his first NFL start, a 34-3 loss to New England on Monday night.
All that said, running back Jackie Battle is putting together a pretty solid season for the Chiefs, and he along with Dexter McCluster are both averaging over 4.5 yards per carry on the season, which may be enough to keep the Chiefs close in this one.
Matt’s Prediction: Steelers 24 Chiefs 17–The Chiefs aren’t that bad of a team, and they are usually very hard to beat at Arrowhead. I just don’t feel that they have what it takes offensively to wear down the Steelers’ tough defense. Especially if they remain a one dimensional unit. In the meantime, the KC defense will continue to be a weakness without some of their key guys, giving Pittsburgh just enough of an edge to pull this one off on the road. .