Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (5-0)
NFL Football: Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 4:25 pm (Arrowhead Stadium)
The Line: Kansas City Chiefs -4.5 -- Over/Under: 47 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Kansas City Chiefs look to stay undefeated as they host the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend who were absolutely abysmal at home against the Jags last weekend.
The Steelers were waxed at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars last weekend in a game where Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns, and now they play a Chiefs team that hasn’t lost this season and always plays well at home. Pittsburgh came into the season as the team that had the best shot to defeat the New England Patriots in the AFC but at the moment they will be lucky just to sneak into the playoffs as they have looked shaky since the onset of the season, and while Antonio Brown continues to be among the league’s best pass catchers, their offense has stalled thanks to Big Ben’s futility of late. The Steelers need to get Le’Veon Bell going in this one as he has been quiet and if the run game can get moving here it will keep the Chiefs offense off the field and not allow Tyreek Hill and Kareem Hunt to do damage.
The Chiefs have looked excellent so far this season and are a perfect 5-0 on the year, and that is without the services of Eric Berry who was lost to an Achilles injury in the team’s season opening victory against the Patriots. Kansas City is always a tough out at home but they know the Steelers coming in are going to be angry and that Big Ben is going to be out to make amends for an ugly effort last weekend in a game that seems like it could make or break Pittsburgh’s season. Kansas City has ridden the play of Hunt, Hill, and Alex Smith who is having arguably his best season of his career and if those three plus a make shift defense can keep up this level of play they are going to be very tough to beat, especially if the AFC playoffs go through Arrowhead.
The Steelers are 4-1 ATS in their last five against a team with a winning record and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 following a loss while the Chiefs are 5-0 ATS this season and 5-1 ATS in their last six against the AFC. This line is lower than anticipated especially with the way the Steelers played last week and while I could very well see the Chiefs blowing this out late and reaching a double digit lead I think the Steelers know this is the game they need to keep their run in the AFC North intact.