The Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers are certainly developing some familiarity with each other the past few seasons. In 2016, they played twice, once in the regular season and once in the playoffs, with the Steelers taking both of those games. Don’t think Chiefs players don’t remember how the Steelers ended their season last year (I’m pretty sure Travis Kelce is still throwing a tantrum over it, to be honest).
Nonetheless, the Chiefs are the ones laughing heading into the Week 6 game at Arrowhead Stadium. They are 5-0, and by far the best all-around team in the NFL. The lone unbeaten will go against a hot-and-cold Steelers team which has an underachieving offense and is coming off a loss at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars where the franchise quarterback chucked 5 passes to the wrong team.
The Steelers have the talent to pull off the upset, but being on the road in a hostile environment makes giving the undefeated Chiefs their first defeat of the season even more difficult.
So, with that said, what needs to happen for the Chiefs to hold serve at home, and the Steelers to potentially pull off an upset? While reserving our own opinions, for now, the experts at ESPN weighed in on the upcoming game, and what could influence the contest to go both Pittsburgh’s, and Kansas City’s, way.
Check out the insight below:
Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
Sunday: 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS | Point spread: KC by 4.5
Two of the three insiders are picking the Chiefs to reach 6-0 even though there's some expectation Steelers coach Mike Tomlin will rally his team into a much more efficient performance -- one that could lead to a road win at Arrowhead Stadium. Injuries to Justin Houston and Travis Kelce play into the feeling that Pittsburgh could be a solid upset pick.
"I think Pittsburgh was doing stuff last week to cater to a situation [feeding the ball to Antonio Brown]," the insider picking Pittsburgh said. "They got out of their rhythm. They will address all that and get back to playing the way they should be playing, playing a bit more honest instead of forcing the ball and forcing throws and forcing situations. Plus, [Le'Veon] Bell has to step up and play. What better way to jump back in the fire in Kansas City? K.C. has notoriously not always played well in games like that and they have not always played well against Pittsburgh, either."
The Chiefs are 1-3 against Pittsburgh since Andy Reid took over as coach in 2013. That included an 0-2 record against the Steelers last season, counting the playoffs.
"The Steelers haven't looked right yet," an insider picking Kansas City said. "The Chiefs look right all the time and they are at home. That stadium is going to be rocking."
How can the Steelers win?
"If Pittsburgh wins, they find a way to get the ball to Antonio Brown against man coverage and he outruns somebody or makes someone miss for a touchdown or two," one of the insiders said, "and Le'Veon Bell gets off for over 100 [yards] and [Ben] Roethlisberger scrambles on man coverage for a few first downs or buys time and throws it way down the field once or twice."
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