Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers - 9/16/18 NFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Heinz Field)
The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 53.5 See the Latest Odds
The Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers meet Sunday in NFL action at Heinz Field.
The Kansas City Chiefs look for their second road victory of the season to start 2-0 back-to-back years. The Kansas City Chiefs have lost four of their last six road games. Patrick Mahomes is completing 55.6 percent of his passes for 256 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Mahomes enters this game with 62 career pass attempts under his belt. Tyreek Hill and Anthony Sherman have combined for 205 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Sammy Watkins has three receptions. The Kansas City Chiefs ground game is averaging 106 yards per contest, and Kareem Hunt leads the way with 49 yards on 16 carries. Defensively, Kansas City is allowing 28 points and 541 yards per game. Anthony Hitchens leads the Kansas City Chiefs with 14 tackles, Dee Ford has one sack and Ron Parker has one interception.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers look for their first win of the season after settling for a tie against the Cleveland Browns. The Pittsburgh Steelers have won five of their last six regular season home games. Ben Roethlisberger is completing 56.1 percent of his passes for 335 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Roethlisberger has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 10 games. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Antonio Brown have combined for 212 receiving yards and one touchdown while Jesse James has three receptions. The Pittsburgh Steelers ground game is averaging 159 yards per contest, and James Conner leads the way with 135 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 21 points and 327 yards per game. Vince Williams leads the Pittsburgh Steelers with 12 tackles, T.J. Watt has three sacks and Cameron Sutton has one interception.
The Chiefs are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 road games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games in September and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Steelers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in September, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Chiefs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings, the home team is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings and the under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
While I'm not ready to call Mahomes a Pro Bowl quarterback like others have been after one game, the kid is talented and has oodles of weapons around him to the point he doesn't have to do too much. The Kansas City Chiefs are a solid football team that shouldn't be slept on. The Pittsburgh Steelers have a weird vibe around them, as they have great talent on both sides of the ball but seem to play down to their comp often and Roethlisberger hasn't looked like himself in quite some time. Whether it was the three picks against the Browns, the struggles in the playoffs or the costly turnovers last year, Roethlisberger hasn't been the difference maker consistently you expect to see. He's also dealing with an elbow issue. The Chiefs can win this game. Give me the points.