The Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs will meet for the second time this year in the AFC Divisional round of the playoffs. Their first meeting was all Pittsburgh as the Steelers dominated the game from the start, winning 43-14 in Week 4, but that game was at Heinz Field. The playoff game will be in the unfriendly confines of Arrowhead Stadium.
Weather could be a factor, as the NFL has moved the kickoff from the original 1 p.m. ET kickoff to an 8:20 p.m. ET start, and you have to wonder how both of these offenses will handle the cold, wind and precipitation forecasted for Sunday.
Nonetheless, when looking at this matchup, these two teams are very evenly matched, and Las Vegas sees it the exact same way. The opening line of the game had the Steelers favored by 1-point, but when Ben Roethlisberger was seen in a walking boot the line swung to the Chiefs. However, after Roethlisberger returned to practice, and seems fine to play Sunday, the line has jumped the fence again in some sport books giving the 1-point advantage back to the Steelers.
Either way, it looks to be a close game, and when looking at the NFL Expert Picks across the internet, the same narrative rings true.
Here at SB Nation, the experts are split on who will be victorious, with a slight nod given to the Steelers, 5 to 3. At CBS Sports, they are the most pro-Pittsburgh website on the internet. Only one expert thinks the Chiefs will win this game and advance to the AFC Championship game, while the rest like the black and gold.
At ESPN, their board of experts is also split on this game, with 5 taking the Steelers and 4 taking the Chiefs, but if you are a fan of the Chiefs, FOX Sports is the place for you. All but one expert at FOX Sports like the Chiefs to hold serve at home and win their first playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium since Joe Montana was the quarterback.
These are only four prominent websites when it comes to NFL experts who give their predictions on a weekly basis. What about all the other sites? This is where our friends at NFL Pick Watch come in. They compile all NFL Expert Picks into one easy-to-read graph, and they have 59-percent of experts taking the Steelers in this playoff game.
Las Vegas sees this game as a toss up, the experts are torn on this contest and it very well could be one to remember when these two AFC teams collide on prime time Sunday night.