The Pittsburgh Steelers get back inside the friendly confines of Heinz Field for Sunday Night Football in Week 4. The Steelers were blown out last week in Philadelphia, as Carson Wentz took one out of the Ben Roethlisberger playbook and won a big game as a rookie. Wentz would love to carve out a career like the one Roethlisberger has for himself. There is some work to do, and Roethlisberger doesn’t want to be done just yet. The Steelers are perennial contenders in the AFC.
A Steelers-Patriots AFC Championship is a likely scenario. The Steelers and Patriots have had some memorable matchups against one another, dating back to a decade ago where it was the same starters at quarterback, Tom Brady and Roethlisberger. Is there another edition in store for us later down the road in the winter? We shall see. Tonight the Steelers have another AFC foe to worry about, the Kansas City Chiefs.
Both members of the AFC West, the Chiefs and Steelers are both 2-1. The Steelers have wins over the Redskins and Bengals. Their win against the Bengals was a fairly impressive one, a 24-16 victory. The defense was playing great football, looking better than what we’ve seen from them the last couple of years. If you haven’t been paying attention, the Steelers’ defense has slipped a bit over the last few years.
There has been a void in their defense ever since Troy Polamalu lost a step and ended up retiring. The nastiness and fear they put in other quarterbacks was all but gone. Through the first two weeks, the Steelers allowed 16 points each. Wentz and the Eagles went to town on them last week, putting up 34 points in a 34-3 loss for Pittsburgh.
The Chiefs have wins over the Jets and Chargers. The Chargers win to open the season was a wild one. They nearly completely collapsed and blew a big lead, but ultimately came together in overtime to escape with a 33-27 win. The Chiefs are lucky to get out of that one with a win, but all of the good teams find ways to win the ones they probably should have lost. The Chiefs’ loss comes against the Texans on the road, a 19-13 game in a rather uninspiring effort on offense. Important early season matchup for the Chiefs and Steelers. Let’s see how it shakes out on SNF. I provide how I think it’ll transpire below.
Kansas City Chiefs vs. Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Betting Odds:
vs. Steelers -3.5(-110)
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Chiefs vs. Steelers Pick:
The Steelers will look much more comfortable at home this week. It was almost like they were looking ahead to tonight last week. Yeah, right, they’ve been waiting all week, including last Sunday for Sunday night. Divisional games always provide an additional layer of entice and excitement, especially between two historic franchises like the Chiefs and Steelers. The Chiefs bring a defense to Pittsburgh which has been playing at a solid level. They have allowed just 16.3 points per game. But should we look beyond the statistics with the Chiefs?
I would think so, because their competition hasn’t been the stingiest of opponents. The Chargers have an adequate offense and they looked good, but the Texans and Jets may have two of the worst offenses in the league. Certainly, they are both in the bottom 5. Note that San Diego was able to look good on offense at Arrowhead as well, a place typically reserved for beat downs put on by the Chiefs. Heinz Field is a place where the Steelers put beat downs on their opponents.
In their last five games at home, the Steelers have averaged 34.2 points per game, including 30 points against a very good Denver defense. The Steelers were one of the only teams that cracked their defense. The last time the Chiefs and Steelers played at Heinz Field, back in 2014, the Steelers won it by a score of 20-12. I don’t foresee that being the final score, but I predict a similar spread in favor of the Steelers. The Chiefs are not the same team away from home, which we all saw on display against the Texans two weeks ago. And for the Steelers, they are at their apex in Pittsburgh. The Steelers should take a 28-20 or 26-20 win tonight on Sunday Night Football.
PICK: STEELERS -3.5 (-110)