Week 10: Kansas City Chiefs At Pittsburgh Steelers

Kansas City Chiefs v San Diego Chargers
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The Chiefs’ season has disintegrated and quarterback Matt Cassel has played a key role in that event. Cassel has completed more than 60 percent of his passes, but he has shown the tendency to turn the ball over on a frequent basis. Cassel has a tough time reading defenses and that shows in his 6-11TD-interception ratio.
Winner The Steelers are playing better each week and Ben Roethlisberger continues to make big plays when the game is on the line. Roethlisberger was at his best in the fourth quarter against the Giants in Week Nine when he led the Steelers on two TD drives. Roethlisberger uses his strength to shake off tacklers and then he buys time and makes plays with his feet.
Dwayne Bowe looks like a big-time playmaker, but he is not. He has size, strength,leaping ability and strong hands. While he is the Chiefs’ leading receiver, he drops passes or fails to get open in key situations. Running back Jamaal Charles has game-breaking ability an Peyton Hillis is also an effective back, but the Chiefs offense is not dependable.
Winner The Steelers have had injuries in the running game but that has not stopped head coach Mike Tomlin from attacking on the ground. Isaac Redman was sensational against the Giants, running for a career high 147 yards and scoring a touchdown. The Steelers have a top big-play threat in Mike Wallace. His TD reception against the Giants turned that game around.
Tamba Hali can turn the corner and get to the quarterback. He gets help from Justin Houston on the pass rush. Despite all the Chiefs problems, linebacker Derrick Johnson does a good job of chasing down plays and making tackles. The Chiefs have the 16th rated defense, but they can’t stop opponents when the game is on the line.
Winner The Steelers are always going to come after you with the blitz. While safety Troy Polamalu (calf) has been out most of the season, the Steelers are playing much better defense after a relatively slow start. Larry Foote and Ryan Clark lead the way with 57 and 52 tackles, respectively. Foote also has three sacks and two fumble recoveries.
Special Teams
Winner The Chiefs seemed to have an edge on a lot opponents in the return game at the start of the year, but it has not worked out that way. Speedy Javier Arenas has not had a punt or kickoff return longer than 27 yards. Placekicker Ryan Succop has made 16-of-18 field goal attempts.
Winner The Steelers are not usually known for their special teams, but Emmanuel Sanders is capable of a long punt return. Placekicker Shaun Suisham has made 17-of-18 FG attempts this season. Punter Drew Butler does not have a strong leg, but he has dropped 13-of-27 punts inside the 20 yard line.

The Winner Is

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Winner Steelers
4 out of 4

While the NFL likes to think of itself as an unpredictable league, a Kansas City victory would leave everyone in shock. Not only are the Steelers better in all the key areas, they are surging and playing with full confidence. The Chiefs seem to know they are destined to fail. This one should be over by halftime.


  1. KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 23: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs throws a pass against the New Orleans Saints at Arrowhead Stadium during the fourth quarter of the game on October 23, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jason Hanna/Getty Images) NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 23: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts passes against the Tennessee Titans in the first quarter of the game at Nissan Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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  3. MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 9: Quarterback Brock Osweiler #17 of the Houston Texans drops back to pass during the first quarter of the game on October 9, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 13:  Trevor Siemian #13 of the Denver Broncos warms up before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 13, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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