The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming off one of the worst performances I’ve seen from them in the Roethlisberger era. While it’s really easy to say Ben Roethlisberger had an awful game, which he did, the entire team from top-to-bottom was abysmal. In any case, Big Ben didn’t look like he wanted to be on the field.
He looked like he was thinking about retiring right there and then, instead of focusing on the Jacksonville Jaguars. Roethlisberger has bounced around the idea that he was thinking about retiring, so it isn’t so farfetched. Beyond his head not being in the game, it looked like he didn’t prepare or watch any film in the week leading up to Sunday. Some of those passes were just ugly, like he was playing with a blindfold on.
When it was all said and done, he threw 5 interceptions with no touchdowns. It was a career-high for Roethlisberger, and to anyone watching that performance was pure garbage. The national anthem distraction with Alejandro Villanueva, Mike Tomlin, and the media didn’t do them any good. That’s all anyone was really talking about, before say, that debacle of a loss last week to the Jaguars. People are talking about the Steelers and football again, but it’s for all the wrong reasons. Nobody is feeling good in Steeler Nation right now.
After the 30-9 loss to the Jags, the Steelers must travel to Kansas City for a clash with the red-hot Chiefs. The Chiefs have been in control in the AFC West. They have a two-game lead on the Broncos, but Denver has already had their bye week. Their most recent victim is the Houston Texans this past Sunday night.
The Chiefs put on another offensive onslaught, scoring 42 points in a 42-34 win. The last touchdown by the Texans was meaningless with no time remaining on the clock. We’ll see if the Chiefs can keep it going, or if the Steelers will rebound. Get our free Steelers vs. Chiefs pick below.
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. K.C. Chiefs Betting Odds:
vs. Chiefs -4(-110)
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Steelers vs. Chiefs Pick:
One thing is for certain, Ben Roethlisberger has to do a 180 from last week if they’re going to beat the Chiefs. You can’t overlook the Chief offense no more, they look for real. Alex Smith is putting up perfect numbers. I don’t know what changed in him this offseason, whether the offense is just being run differently or Smith had an intervention is up for debate. The playbook does like way more wide open, though. They have opened it up and are taking more chances. It helps to finally have a couple of dynamic players like Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt. Hunt is leading the NFL with 609 rushing yards per game.
The Chiefs also have one of the best tight ends in the NHL, Travis Kelce. There was some speculation whether Kelce and Hill would play this week, but unwelcome news for the Steelers, they’re both playing in Week 6. The Chiefs are 2nd overall in the NFL, with 414.2 yards of offense per game. The only team they trail is the New England Patriots. They do beat the Patriots when it comes to points per game, an impressive 32.8 points a game.
The defense has been keeping the Steelers afloat. Surprisingly, it isn’t Roethlisberger and company doing the heavy lifting. Pittsburgh are 3rd in the NFL overall, allowing 276.2 yards per game and just 17.8 points. The Steelers are in danger of slipping to 3-3 with a loss today. I don’t know if they win, but after that disaster last week, we’re going to see a better effort out of Roethlisberger and the Steelers. I mean, it cannot get any worse, but they’ll be motivated to shake off an embarrassment. It should come down to a field goal, in what will amount to a tight battle in the AFC West.
PICK: STEELERS +4 (-110)