Steelers vs. Chiefs Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Kansas City is favored at home, as the Chiefs are getting odds of -4 points against the Steelers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 47 points. Pittsburgh has won five of the last six meetings, while the Steelers have covered in three of the last four meetings. Today’s game takes place from Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri and will air live on CBS.
The Chiefs are coming off a 42-34 win at Houston last week to move to 5-0 on the season. The Chiefs are also 5-0 against the spread and have been favored in their last four games. The hot start is due in part to an offense that has been on a tear. KC has put up at least 24 points in every game and is averaging 32.8 points and 434.4 yards per game. Alex Smith is making an early MVP resume, throwing for 1,391 yards with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions. He is also completing 76.6 percent of his passes. Helping in the matter is rookie RB Kareem Hunt, who has run for 609 yards and four touchdowns. Tyreek Hill is the leading receiver with 356 yards. Hill is dealing with a hamstring injury, but is listed as probable to play today. Defensively, KC is allowing 22.2 points and 381.6 yards per game. The unit is being led by Justin Houston, who has 5.5 sacks. However, he is dealing with a calf injury but is also expected to play today.
The Steelers are coming off a horrible showing at home, losing to the Jaguars 30-9 to fall to 3-2 on the season. Pittsburgh is also just 2-3 against the spread on the season and 1-2 ATS on the road. The Steelers are averaging just 19.8 points and 343.8 yards per game. Ben Roethlisberger is coming off a 5-INT performance and now has six touchdowns with seven interceptions on the season. Le’Veon Bell has run for 371 yards and three touchdowns to lead the offense while Antonio Brown has 40 catches for 545 yards. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing just 17.8 points and 200.6 yards per game. Their pass defense is one of the best in the league, allowing just 164 yards per contest. Ryan Shazier is leading the defense with 45 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.
I thought the Steelers would look good last week after a drama-filled week, but the Jaguars destroyed Pittsburgh at home. The Steelers are a franchise that has a track record to get back on track, but I just don’t see it against this KC team. The Chiefs are very well rounded and now have an offense capable of carrying the defense if need be. I think the KC defense will be just fine against this turnover-prone Pittsburgh offense, as Big Ben looks very stagnant in the pocket and not making good decisions on his throws.
NFL WEEK 6 PREDICTION: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS -4