- The latest in NFL news has the Kansas City Chiefs returning to avenge their worst loss of the season when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers as home favorites in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs Sunday.
- Both of these teams have had their ups and downs this season, but both are coming into this game with the confidence and momentum.
- It is going to be a very exciting game to watch, both teams with playmakers on both sides of the ball.
- It will come down to who wants it more when they show up this weekend.
- Our NFL score prediction has Kansas City sneaking away with a victory by just a field goal.
Steelers vs. Chiefs Score Prediction: Chiefs 24, Steelers 21
The Kansas City Chiefs will host the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Divisional Playoff Sunday afternoon from Arrowhead Stadium as the 2017 NFL playoffs continue.
The Steelers handled business in their AFC wild card game against the Dolphins as they won by the score of 30-12. The Steelers (12-5) were the big favorites of wild-card weekend against the visiting Miami Dolphins. With very cold temperatures in the Steel City, many assumed that the warm-weather Dolphins were out of their element, and they were.
I believe that Pittsburgh has the best skill-position “triplets” in the NFL in quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le’Veon Bell and receiver Antonio Brown. This is Pittsburgh’s 3rd straight season in the playoffs, but these three guys had never played together in the postseason because Bell was hurt the past two years. They put on quite a show against the Dolphins. Bell had a franchise playoff-record 167 yards rushing to go with two touchdowns. Brown had first-quarter TD catches of 50 and 62 yards and finished with five receptions for 124 yards. Roethlisberger was an efficient 13-for-18 for 197 yards, and those two scores, although he was picked off twice. The Steelers improved their win streak to 8 games.
The (12-4) Kansas City Chiefs are in the divisional round for consecutive years, but lost to The New England Patriots after defeating the Houston Texans in the wildcard game. The best thing Kansas City might have going for them this week is that head coach Andy Reid’s teams are an incredible 19-2 in his career coming off a bye week dating back to his Eagles days. Kansas City had a huge week off after winning the division. Due to the time off, former Pro Bowler, Justin Houston’s knee is healthy and he’s ready to go. The other notable player who got healthy over the week off was Spencer Ware, who missed week 17 due to an injury to his ribs, but will be on the field and ready to go as well Sunday afternoon.
The Kansas City defense is going to have to play one of its best games of the season to slow the Steelers. But with home field advantage and the noise factor, the Steelers offense most likely won’t be as effective or dominant as usual. While the Chiefs don’t have anything close to the offensive firepower that Pittsburgh does, they have an up and coming superstar in Tyreek Hill. He led the Chiefs with 12 touchdowns, nine on offense and three on kick returns. No other Chiefs player had more than five touchdowns. He scored a 60+ yard touchdown in each of his last 4 games.
I’ll be stunned if the Steelers kick the ball anywhere near Hill, especially with the woes they showed on special teams vs. the Dolphins last week. I expect the Steelers to shadow Hill the whole game and make one of the other Chiefs receivers step up. Travis Kelce, Kansas City’s other playmaker at tight end, will be going up against the Steelers speedy linebackers and safeties, if he can find separation, I think he takes over the game.
The Chiefs just need to play field position and keep the ball out of the Steelers Powerhouse offense’s hands. The Steelers are going to have their fair share of big plays, the Chiefs will just look to minimize the big shots down field and bring the pressure up front and test Big Ben’s injured foot that he suffered from during the last week’s victory over the Dolphins.
My prediction is the Chiefs take this game, 24-21. I can’t see the Steelers locking down Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce. That will cause Big Ben to play from behind and pass,which plays into Kansas City’s game plan. Yes, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell will get their touches and touchdowns, just not enough to get the win this week.
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