The Pittsburgh Steelers were able to take care of business against the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field in 2014, but in 2015 the Steelers will be traveling to Arrowhead Stadium, where nothing is guaranteed. This marks the first non AFC North divisional team the Steelers will be playing on the road. Time to take an in-depth look at the Chiefs.
Kansas City Chiefs
2014: 9-7 (2nd Place AFC West), 3-3 within the AFC West, 7-5 within the AFC
2014 vs. the Steelers: 0-1 (Lost 20-12)
Potential Free Agents: WR Jason Avant, S Kurt Coleman, LS Thomas Gafford, TE Richard Gordon, T Ryan Harris, LB Justin Houston, C Rodney Hudson, T Jeff Linkenbach, LB Josh Mauga, G Mike McGlynn, RB Joe McKnight, CB Christopher Owen, S Ron Parker, DT Kevin Vickerson, S Kelcie McCray (RFA), LB Dezman Moses (RFA).
2015 NFL Draft: 18th Selection
The Chiefs made the voyage to Pittsburgh in 2014 and saw their playoff hopes dashed by a 20-12 victory for the home team. The Chiefs will be seeking revenge in 2015, but this time around they will be playing the game at Arrowhead Stadium and not Heinz Field.
The Chiefs enter the 2015 offseason after a disappointing 9-7 2014 record and a season without tasting postseason play, and to say there are question marks on their roster might be an understatement. This Chiefs offense certainly is capable of running the ball, but the team failed to throw a touchdown pass to a WR throughout the entire 2015 season. Upgrades at the WR position are certainly needed. QB Alex Smith has shown the ability to win football games, but patience with the veteran will wear thin in 2015 if he is unable to win those crucial games when it matters most.
Defensively, the Chiefs are more than stellar; however, when their best defender Justin Houston is set to hit free agency the fan base has to wonder what the team will look like if the Chiefs don't put the franchise tag on Houston or sign him to a long-term contract. Houston leaving Kansas City would leave a gigantic hole in the Chiefs' defense, and one which cannot be filled via free agency or in the draft.
The Chiefs will be looking to keep pace within the AFC West in 2015, and that means winning games against the Denver Broncos and San Diego Chargers, but the Chiefs have shown the ability to win those games the past few seasons. When the Steelers travel to Kansas City, expect a game which could swing either way. Smith's mobility poses problems to a porous Steelers defense, and the Arrowhead crowd makes it challenging for opposing offenses to run an uptempo offense.
Although not necessarily viewed as a prime time matchup, this Steelers vs. Chiefs game could very well be a toss up in 2015.