clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Chiefs coach Andy Reid sees similarities between Steelers and Broncos

New, comments

The Chiefs have seen the high-powered offense of the Denver Broncos twice this season. He sees the Steelers, Kansas City's Week 16 opponents, as a similar kind of offensive challenge.

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH -- When this season began, few would have compared the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense to the high-powered one run by Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos.

Since the Steelers lead the NFL in total offensive yardage going into their matchup with Kansas City this week, Chiefs coach Andy Reid was asked if there were any similarities between the Broncos and Steelers, since both offenses have the potential to be explosive.

"Yeah, I'd say that,'' Reid said. "They're playing very well. Todd (Haley) has done a nice job with that crew. Ben (Roethlisberger) is playing great football, and their runner (Le'Veon Bell) is running well. Their big offensive line is playing good. They're all doing a nice job.''

The Broncos have clinched the AFC West Division, so the Chiefs (8-6) are fighting for a wild-card playoff spot. The Steelers (9-5) can clinch a playoff spot with a win against the Chiefs and still have a chance to win the AFC North with a win this week and one in the season finale against the Cincinnati Bengals.

"Kansas City, much like the last several teams we have played, is at the brink,'' Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. "This is a big game for them. It's a big game for us. We'll prepare with that in mind. But again, we're not looking at it from any standpoint other than we have a big game versus a good team. We have to step into the stadium and do what is required by us to win.''

One area would be in the red zone. The Steelers need to score more touchdowns and not settle for three points when they get there. This isn't anything new, but it's more crucial this week against a stout Chiefs' defense.

"Normally, in the red zone, your strengths and weaknesses get exploited,'' Reid said. "One way or another, you're going to find out what they are, your strengths and your weaknesses.

"But I think our guys have really done well in all phases of the red zone. It's a good challenge for them this week. You have a couple No. 1s (Steelers' red-zone offense and Chiefs' defense) going against each other, so that's a good thing.''

The Chiefs' defense has excellent pass rushers, and Reid's biggest challenge is to stop the Steelers big three -- Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.

"(Brown's) playing his tail off,'' Reid said. "He's done a nice job. Ben has got a lot of trust in him. You have a good combination of speed and quickness there that you have to take care of."

"Again, that'll be a nice challenge for us. You have to play good, sound football, (because) Le'Veon and Ben are playing very well. It starts up with their front. Their front is playing well, so it allows them to have that flexibility.''

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith discussed the Steelers' defense.

"(They're) a very veteran group especially in the secondary,'' Smith said. "(They're) doing a lot (and) creating a lot of pressure (with) Dick LeBeau. It's kind of coming from everywhere and anyone. They do a good job with it."

"(They're a) veteran group on the back end that knows the defense. ... They make a lot of plays on the football. They're a big group up front with some very fast linebackers that run well. They do a lot of things. They're aggressive in their scheme (and) fast in their play. We have a good test for us.''

The Steelers also will be tested by running back Jamaal Charles.

"He's just an incredibly versatile player,'' Smith said. "A guy that does it all for us (and) is able to do it all. You name it, he does it -- run, catch, short-yardage, goal line, two-minute. The guy does it all. We ask a lot of him and he puts in a lot of time (with his) work ethic and takes it all on and does a great job with it.''

Check Out Football Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with The Standard3 on BlogTalkRadio