The 4-2 Pittsburgh Steelers travel to the 1-5 Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium in Week 7 action, and the early odds on the game are showing the oddsmakers believe this game will be closer than many might expect.
This game is missing many big name players on both sides of the ball. Chiefs' All Pro running back Jamaal Charles has been lost for the year with a torn ACL injury, and their best wide receiver in Jeremy Maclin suffered a concussion in their Week 6 game against the Minnesota Vikings, leaving his availability up in the air. For the Steelers, the quarterback situation is still up in the air. Ben Roethlisberger is likely to be a full participant at practice this week, but the team won't know how his knee responds to the new workload until he tests it in practice Wednesday.
In fact, if Roethlisberger is cleared to play, and the Steelers decide to start their Pro Bowl signal caller, there is a good chance the odds on this matchup will change dramatically. Currently, the Steelers are road favorites, giving the Chiefs two-points on the early line. While some sports books are waiting to hear whether it is Roethlisberger or Landry Jones to lead the Pittsburgh offense in Week 7, all books who have a current line have the Steelers giving the Chiefs two-points on the road.
The Steelers have not been favored in many games this season, not with injuries to Ben Roethlisberger and Ryan Shazier, along with the suspensions of Le'Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant. Nonetheless, the team has found ways to win as they are 4-2, still second place in the AFC North behind the Cincinnati Bengals. Despite the Chiefs' record, the early lines show the Steelers to be favored, but this game will be closer than many may think.