Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0-1)
|Date & Time||Sunday September 16, 2018, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Pittsburgh Steelers -5 -- Over/Under: 50.5
The Kansas City Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers lock up in week 2 NFL action from Heinz Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Kansas City Chiefs will look to build on their season opening 38-28 division win over the Los Angeles Chargers last time out. Patrick Mahomes threw for 256 yards and 4 touchdowns while Kareem Hunt led the Chiefs with 49 rushing yards on 16 carries. Tyreek Hill led KC with 7 catches for 169 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Anthony Sherman and De’Anthony Thomas each had a receiving score for the Chiefs in the win. Hill also opened the scoring for the Chiefs with a 91 yard punt return for a touchdown. Defensively, Ron Parker added an interception and Dee Ford added a sack while Anthony Hitchens led KC’s D with 7 tackles in the victory.
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be looking to bounce back from an odd start to the year, finishing with a 21-21 tie against the Cleveland Browns. Ben Roethlisberger threw for 335 yards, a touchdown and 3 interceptions on 23 of 41 passing while James Conner had a breakout game for Pittsburgh with 31 carries for 135 yards and 2 touchdowns. JuJu Smith Schuster added a team-high 119 receiving yards while Antonio Brown caught a team-high 9 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown. T.J. Watt looked like his brother J.J., leading Pittsburgh with 8 tackles and a whopping 4 sacks in the game as part of Pittsburgh’s 7 sacks as a team when all was said and done.
Kansas City is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 road games while the over is 9-3 in their last 12 games in September. Pittsburgh is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games against the AFC. The under is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
Pittsburgh is a tough spot to go on the road and win, especially when it’s your first go around leading an offense. However, Mahomes and the Chiefs looked solid in the opener, while Pittsburgh blew a 2 touchdown lead to the Browns and almost let Cleveland get their first win in a year and a half. If the Steelers play as sloppy as they did against the Chiefs, this game won’t end in a tie, it’ll be a loss that’ll sting for a while and since I need to see a change before I can believe it, I’ll take the points with Kansas City in a game I see the Chiefs winning outright.