The Chiefs have a steep road to the playoffs. After facing New England last week they’ll play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers this week. Back-to-back nationally televised games have put this team in the public eye, but if they’re unable to win this one they may not want to play another night game again.
The Steelers are coming off a bye and should be fresh, but their quarterback is bruised up. Ben Roethlisberger injured his thumb on his throwing hand in their last game, but seems to be fine. His receiving corps will definitely help him out and the way Roethlisberger runs his offense the Chiefs’ secondary is going to have their hands full.
The Chiefs’ defense was able to contain Tom Brady at the beginning of the game, but then the quarterback took over the game. If Kansas City hopes to win this one they’re gonna need to do a good job of preventing Big Ben from extending the play.
This is Tyler Palko’s first start at Arrowhead and he definitely hopes his second career start will be better than his first. As good as the Steelers’ defense is, they have not done a great job of creating turnovers. That is a good thing for Palko, who threw three interceptions last week.
The key to the Chiefs’ success is going to be how well they finish drives. They have not done a good job of finishing drives the entire season and is a big reason why they have struggled to score points. Last week they were able to move the ball but could not get it in the end zone. This week that cannot happen. The Steelers can put up points and the Chiefs are going to have to put some up themselves.
The Chiefs are fighting for their lives right now and desperately need a victory. They’re two games back in the division and cannot afford to drop farther behind. This game is an opportunity to show the nation and the rest of the league that they are not done yet.
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Written by Matt Brody