A surprising slate of Week 10 games come to a close Monday Night as the dreadful Kansas City Chiefs travel to Steeltown to take on the red-hot Pittsburgh Steelers, and their former head coach Todd Haley.
Kansas City has to be one of the worst teams in football right now, and it seems shocking that their new sideline boss Romeo Crennel has yet to be fired. The team is in absolute disarray, looking lost on offense and defense and without a hope of winning a football game. Though the Chiefs have accumulated some decent yardage this season, they remain wildly inefficient at securing the football and scoring in the red-zone. Against a team like the Steelers, those mistakes will leave them with no shot. The 1-7 Chiefs are just a mess, and with Brady Quinn still out due to head injuries, Matt Cassel remains the unpopular choice under centre.
The Steelers meanwhile have begun to find their game after an up-and-down start to 2012. They enter this contest with a stellar 5-3 record and are hot on the heels of the first-place Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North. Pittsburgh knows they should roll in this game, and they will likely have added incentive as their current offensive coordinator Todd Haley faces his old organization for the first time since their bitter break-up in 2011. Haley was fired amid some controversial circumstances, and he and his players have admitted that they’d love to put a beating on his former Chiefs squad. Pittsburgh’s offense has steadily improved week after week this season, and Kansas City has to be fearful as the black and gold are just starting to round into form. The Steelers still have quit the list of injured players for this game, as Troy Polamalu, right tackle Marcus Gilbert, and running back Rashard Mendenhall all remain out. The Steelers haven’t missed a beat in their absence, and the likely won’t on Monday against a putrid Chiefs squad.
Chiefs vs. Steelers Betting Odds:
Kansas City Chiefs +12.5 (-110)
@ Pittsburgh Steelers -12.5 (-110)
Over 41 (-110)
Under 41 (-110)
Betting odds taken from Bovada.lv
Chiefs vs. Steelers Pick:
To be perfectly honest, this is a Monday Night contest most NFL fans will want to miss. This will be an ugly game, between one team that doesn’t even appear to be of NFL calibre at the moment in Kansas City. The 1-7 Chiefs have been abysmal and will get destroyed against Pittsburgh on Monday evening. Though the Steelers have a huge lookahead game in Week 11 against Baltimore, the Steelers will focus on disposing of Kansas City early in the game, while focusing on cruising to an easy victory in the second half.
The Chiefs, as currently assembled, are simply unable to match their opponents or put up any kind of fight. They’ve lost six games by double-digits in 2012, and just saw their head coach relieve himself of the defensive play-calling duties.
Kansas City also possesses a completely punchless attack. Jamaal Charles has talent at the running back position, but going against a stout Steelers’ defense won’t be easy for the elusive runner. Look for Kansas City to have extreme difficulty moving the chains, and it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see them held to under 10 points against the Steelers.
Meanwhile for Pittsburgh there has been a ton of talk circulating around Todd Haley running up the score on his former team in Week 10. And while that would likely be awesome for his team and himself, the Steelers know their huge game is next week against Baltimore. Expect a passive game from Pittsburgh, and they’ll do just enough to secure a comfortable victory and move on to next week’s preparations. Don’t be surprised either if Pittsburgh rests starters in the second half. Yes, the Chiefs are that bad.
Laying double digits in the NFL is always a scary proposition, so I’d say the value for Monday Night lies firmly on the Under in this contest. Both teams are run-oriented and should look to pound the ball under the Monday Night lights. The Chiefs will struggle mightily to move the football, while Pittsburgh will pound the rock with Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer. Expect Pittsburgh to play a conservative game, killing clock time, and have their sights set firmly on the Baltimore Ravens. Consider the Under in this contest, as a 27-9 score-line seems fitting for Monday Night.
PICK = Under 41 (-110)