Kansas City Chiefs vs Pittsburgh Steelers prediction & preview 15.01.17
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The Kansas City Chiefs are just 1-9 beeline up and adjoin the beforehand in their endure 10 amateur played in the postseason. The Chiefs achievement to acquisition some postseason success this Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium adjoin the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The two abandon met just one added time, a agrarian agenda overtime abstruseness in the 1993 playoffs that Kansas City won 27-24. Otherwise, the two acclaimed franchises accept never lined up in the postseason.
Largely due to owning home-field advantage, the Chiefs are advantaged to accumulate their absolute playoff mark adjoin the Steelers. Kansas City currently sits as a abbreviate 1-point admired over the Steelers, according to online sportsbook Bovada.lv.
Still, Pittsburgh enters the postseason as one of the hottest teams in the league, claiming seven beeline victories to abutting the approved analysis and win the AFC North.
The Steelers and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger are advancing off a arch 30-19 antic of Miami in the wild-card round. Roethlisberger opened the bold with 50-yard and 62-yard touchdown passes to All-Pro receiver Antonio Brown to accessible up a 14-point aboriginal analysis beforehand and never face a austere blackmail from the Dolphins.
Running aback Le’Veon Bell helped annihilate the bold alarm with 167 hasty yards and two added array to advice Pittsburgh beforehand above the wild-card annular for the additional beeline season.
Pittsburgh’s atomic offense, which accomplished 11th in the NFL with 24.8 credibility per game, in actuality exceeded its analysis averages in Anniversary 4’s 43-14 dismantling of Kansas City. But the Steelers won’t be arena the aforementioned Chiefs.
Kansas City claimed 5 of its endure six amateur to outlive AFC West battling Oakland for its aboriginal analysis acme aback 2010, the No. 2 berry and a bye anniversary by averaging 30 credibility in anniversary of its victories, and its aegis has captivated the endure four opponents to alone 16.8 points. That helped the Chiefs’ aegis acceleration to No. 7 in the alliance with 19.4 credibility accustomed this season.
Pittsburgh Steelers had their big three on the acreage during the Playoffs for the aboriginal time endure anniversary adjoin the Miami Dolphins. They did what they were declared to do adjoin this banged up Miami squad. This week, in the Divisional Round, things are accepting abundant tougher for the Steelers.
Chiefs are abundant at home as Arrowhead is consistently a boxy abode to appear to and win the bold there. Alex Smith has the experience, clashing Matt Moore, a guy that Steelers faced endure week. Andy Reid’s aegis is abounding of playmakers, abnormally on that foreground four and foreground seven. KC doesn’t abridgement abhorrent playmakers as Tyreke Hill and Travis Kelce accept been big time for this team.
This will be a abundant bound to watch and a boxy bold to predict. We are entering the final weeks of the season, and the stakes are accepting higher. This is AFC NFL Divisional Round, and the bout will yield abode on Sunday, January 15, 1 PM ET at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri.
Football admirers witnessed immediate just how able Pittsburgh can be if the leash of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell all set bottom in a playoff game. Sunday apparent the aboriginal time that the three “Killer B’s” started a postseason bold together, and anniversary of them laid the background for the beating of the Dolphins.
First off, ambiguous aback Bell set a new Steelers single-game, playoff almanac with 167 hasty yards on 29 carries to go with two hasty touchdowns. Then there’s brilliant wideout Brown, who bare just 5 receptions to aggregate 124 accepting yards forth with a brace array of over 50 yards.
Although the Chiefs’ breach still looks the aforementioned like in seasons accomplished with Alex Smith beneath center, that backward assemblage got a brace of banderole performances from two of its receivers. Rookie wideout Tyreek Hill had touchdown array of 68 yards or added in anniversary of his endure four starts – two accepting and two via TD allotment on appropriate teams – and bound end Travis Kelce led all players at his position this analysis with 1,125 accepting yards.
Above all else: Kansas City’s patented aegis was as adept as ever, finishing with NFL-bests of 33 takeaways and a about-face cogwheel of plus-16 during the approved season. However, that aforementioned D can be arbitrary at times if it fails to actualize turnovers as it accomplished a simple 24th in the alliance by acceptance 368.5 yards per challenge to its opponents.
Still, the Chiefs will be animated to host the Steelers at Arrowhead this Sunday, area they’ve gone 5-2 this analysis (3-4 ATS) and with both losses accepting been by just two credibility apiece and with identical final array of 19-17. Pittsburgh’s Roethlisberger has been awfully abhorrent on the alley (nine TDs to eight INTs, 78.4 QB rating), and you can bet arch drillmaster Andy Reid has taken able-bodied agenda of this fact.