The Pittsburgh Steelers hit the road looking for their third straight win as they invade Arrowhead Stadium to play the Kansas City Chiefs. As of right now, it looks like Landry Jones will make his first career start ahead of Ben Roethlisberger who is still dealing with a knee issue.
What: Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (1-5)
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
When: Sunday October 25th, 2015 1pm Eastern
TV: CBS Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Stacey Dales on the sidelines.
Radio: Steelers Nation Radio/WDVE Bill Hillgrove, Tunch Ilkin and Craig Wolfley on the sidelines.
Rabble TV: SCB will be calling the game live and interacting with you the fans. Listen here live.
Key Injuries: As of Friday morning… PIT QB Ben Roethlisberger/knee has been limited. DT Stephon Tuitt/knee has not practiced. LB Ryan Shazier/shoulder has practiced all week. KC WR Jeremy Maclin/Concussion has not practiced this week.
[Injury Update/Friday PM:] Roethlisberger, Cortez Allen are questionable. Stehpon Tuitt, Will Allen and Mike Vick are OUT.
What You Need to Know: James Harrison recorded the 29th forced fumble of his career… Chris Boswell became the first Steeler to make his first four kicks with the team since Shaun Suisham…William Gay played in his 134rd straight game which is the best among all active cornerbacks… Antonio Brown has now caught a pass in 78 consecutive games… Mike Tomlin is 24-9 in the month of October.
AFC North: Cincinnati (6-0) BYE, Cleveland (2-4) at St. Louis (2-3) , Baltimore (1-5) at Arizona (4-2)
All-Time Series: Steelers lead the all-time series 20-9 and hold a 10-5 advantage in Kansas City.
Series Highs Passing: PIT Ben Roethlisberger 398 yards 2009, KC Steve DeBerg 338 yards 1989 Receiving: PIT Louis Lipps 183 yards 1984, KC Otis Taylor 191 yards 1970 Rushing: PIT Franco Harris 134 yards 1972, KC Priest Holmes 150 yards 2001
Three Things We Need to See for a Steelers’ Win
The Early Score Gets the Win. Regardless of who starts at quarterback for the Steelers, getting out to a quick lead could prove vital. The Chiefs are 1-5 and things have not gone their way. They rank 22nd in the NFL in scoring and my feeling is that if the Steelers can get up on them early it could lead to this Chiefs’ team packing it in. Even if that isn’t is the case, some early Steelers’ scores could provide Landry Jones with some confidence should he be the one to start.
Hands Up, Don’t Pass! Chiefs’ QB Alex Smith is not going to throw the ball downfield too often. What he will do is take a lot of three-step drops and deliver the ball to his tight ends and running backs. Steelers’ fans can’t get frustrated if the defense isn’t getting a lot of sacks because the goal of Andy Reid’s offense is to get the ball out quickly. Therefore, defenders rushing the QB need to make it a priority to get their hands up in an effort to bat balls down and change the trajectory of Smith’s throws. In many ways, those can be just as effective as getting pressure.
Le’Veon My Wayward Running Back OK, so I couldn’t resist the connection to the great song from “Kansas….” The Chiefs rush defense currently ranks 21st in the league. They give up just under 100 yards per game. With Landry Jones likely getting the start, Todd Haley can get his young QB settled down quickly with some success from Le’Veon Bell running the football. I also think Bell needs more touches in the passing game this week as well.
Game Prediction: Steelers 23 Chiefs 14