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Steelers Stock Watch Week 4: Who's stock is rising and falling after the win over the Chiefs

A blowout win over the Chiefs should quiet the "sky is falling" sentiment around Pittsburgh.

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If the Pittsburgh Steelers were a teenager, they would constantly retweet cutesy limericks and inspirational quotes, one of which would read "if you can't handle me at my worst, you don't deserve me at my best."

In Week 3, the Steelers were on the losing end of a 34-3 smackdown at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles. It was Pittsburgh's worst loss since 1989. In Week 4, a clearly "omg so over this tbh" Steelers team destroyed the Kansas City Chiefs 42-14.

Just a week ago, one user from this very site jumped into the comment section and said he would "be the one laughing" when Pittsburgh finishes the season 8-8 because he predicted such an occurrence. Maybe, just maybe, some people overreacted after the loss to Philadelphia.

Therefore, let's take a more tactful look at Pittsburgh's win over Kansas City:

Everyone's stock is up! (except for the NFL; those guys will be the worst forever)

I'm a bad news first kind of guy, so let's start there: the NFL's no fun policies are really starting to wear thin. Hours before Pittsburgh's game against the Chiefs, I watched as Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson received a 15-yard taunting penalty for dropping the ball in the general vicinity of his opponent. Roughly 45 minutes into the Steelers/Chiefs game, Antonio Brown received a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty for adding two extra pumps to his touchdown dance. For a league that prides itself on providing entertainment to hundreds of millions of people throughout the world, the NFL sure hates fun.

Allen's ball drop, Brown's air hump and even A.J. Green's punt-the-ball-into-the-upper-deck-after-scoring-against-a-hated-rival from last season were all organic expressions of sheer joy. There is nothing wrong with any of these celebrations, or the dozens of others that have been penalized this season. If you hate fun and entertainment, go watch the CW.

Sorry. Had to get that out. Anyway...

While everyone was awesome against the Chiefs, four individual performances really stood out.

Obviously, Le'Veon Bell did not look like a guy who hasn't played in 11 months. The All-Pro running back rushed for 144 yards on 18 carries and caught five passes for 34 yards. Throughout much of the first and second quarters, Bell split-out into vacant wide receiver positions, which is a strong testament to the team's faith in his receiving abilities. I also thought he did an excellent job in pass protection all night. Bell will be an unrestricted free agent this March, so the 24-year-old halfback is going to run extra hard all season, much to Pittsburgh's benefit.

Ben Roethlisberger had perhaps the most surprising individual performance, as the future Hall of Fame quarterback completed 22 out of 27 passes for 300 yards and five touchdowns against a top-tier secondary. Most impressively, Roethlisberger didn't commit a single turnover, which is a notable achievement considering the fact that Kansas City has forced 10 turnovers in their first three games. The Steelers tried to get Roethlisberger a sixth touchdown, but a late pass on 1st and goal soared over Xavier Grimble's outstretched arms.

Cameron Heyward, meanwhile, continued to distinguish himself as one of the best defensive ends in the league. Heyward sacked Alex Smith three times on Sunday and forced an early interception that allowed Pittsburgh to take a 14-0 lead. Linebacker Vince Williams, who started in place of the injured Ryan Shazier, had an excellent game, as well. The former sixth-round pick collected a game-high 14 tackles to go along with his second career sack.

In fact, Pittsburgh's entire defense really turned it around after surrendering over 400 total yards to the Eagles last week. The Steelers held Kansas City to just 87 rushing yards, though 46 of those came on a late Spencer Ware run with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Without that run, the Chiefs averaged just 2.4 yards per carry. Smith, who entered Sunday's game averaging just 9.9 yards per passing attempt, threw for just 287 yards on 50 attempts, good for a 5.7 yards per attempt average.

While its unfair to adjust the season outlook (for better or worse) based on just a single game, Pittsburgh's victory over the Chiefs is a good sign moving forward. Kansas City still boasts one of the NFL's best defenses, so the fact that Pittsburgh made easy work of this unit proves that they are almost unstoppable when everything is clicking.