WEATHER ALERT: Game Time moved to 8:20pm ET due to weather concerns – Game Total of 44 points was already Lowest of the weekend.
The Pittsburgh Steelers play their AFC Divisional game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City against the Chiefs this Sunday, January 15th. Pittsburgh won the AFC North with their 11-5 mark this year and then took care of the Miami Dolphins at home at Heinz Field to the tune of 30-12 in the a wildcard game last weekend. It was the Steelers’ 35th postseason win, which sets a new NFL record for playoff victories by a franchise. Kansas City finished the season at 12-4 and edge out the Oakland Raiders via a tiebreaker to claim the AFC West title. Pittsburgh has won six of their past 10 games with the Chiefs, including a 43-14 beat down at home back in October.
Steelers vs Chiefs: bet365 Pinnacle Betting Line:
- Pinnacle lists the Chiefs at -1.5 points at -110 with the Steelers +1.5 points at -100, the over is 44 points at -108 and the under is 44 points at -102
Steelers vs Chiefs – NFL Betting Trends:
- Season record: 11-5 straight up, 9-6-1 against the spread
- Pittsburgh has gone 6-1-1 against the spread in their past eight contests
- The total has been under in 15 of Pittsburgh’s past 21 outings
- Pittsburgh has gone 5-0 in their past five encounters
- The total has gone been under in six of Pittsburgh’s past seven road trips
- Pittsburgh has gone 4-1 on their past five road ventures
- The total has gone been under in four of Pittsburgh’s past five meetings with Kansas City
- Pittsburgh has gone 4-1 in their past five contests against Kansas City
- Pittsburgh has gone 2-4 against the spread in their past six games against Kansas City
- Pittsburgh has gone 1-5 against the spread in their past six trips to Kansas City
- The total has been over in four of Pittsburgh’s past six visits to Kansas City
- Pittsburgh has gone 2-4 on their past six games in Kansas City
Kansas City Chiefs:
- Season record: 12-4 straight up, 9-7 against the spread
- The total has been under in eight of Kansas City’s past 12 contests
- The total has been over in four of Kansas City’s past six outings
- Kansas City has gone 5-1 in their past six games
- Kansas City has gone 3-8 against the spread in their past 11 home games
- The total has been under in six of Kansas City’s past seven home outings
- Kansas City has gone 12-2 in their past 14 home games
- Kansas City has gone 1-4 in their past five meetings with Pittsburgh
- Kansas City has gone 6-11-1 against the spread in their past 18 meetings with Pittsburgh
- The total has been under in four of Kansas City’s past five contests with Pittsburgh
- The total has been over in four of Kansas City’s past six home games with Pittsburgh
- Kansas City has gone 4-2 in their past six home meetings with Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Steelers – A Closer Look:
The Steelers scored 24.9 points on average per game this season and allowed 20.4 against. Their road record was 5-3. Pittsburgh’s on a hot streak with eight consecutive wins under their belt and four in a row away from home. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been pretty inconsistent lately though and has been picked off eight times in his past seven outings, including twice against Miami on Sunday. Receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le’Veon Bell have been helping him out though. Bell set a club record for rushing in a playoff contest when he carried the ball 29 times for 167 yards against the Dolphins and added a pair of touchdowns. Brown also had a fine outing with two touchdowns and 124 yards on his five catches.
Roethlisberger wasn’t too busy as he passed for 189 yards by going 13 for 18 with two touchdown passes to balance out his interceptions. However, Big Ben hurt his foot just before the game ended, but insisted he’ll be starting in Kansas city. The Pittsburgh pass defense was 11th-best in the league this season at 242.6 yards against per game and the run defense was ranked 12 as it allowed 100 yards per week. The Steelers’ recorded four sacks against the Dolphins and forced a trio of turnovers in the opening half. Pittsburgh held Dolphins’ running back Jay Ajayi in check as he ran for only 33 yard on his 16 rushes last week. When the teams met in week 4, he burned them for more 200 yards.
Kansas City Chiefs – A Closer Look:
Kansas City scored an average of 24.3 points a game this season while giving up 19.4 points against. Their home record was an impressive 6-2. They earned their bye last week by losing just one of their last six games to capture their division. Quarterback Alex Smith enjoyed a fine season along with tight-end Travis Kelce and rookie wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Kelce led all tight-ends in receiving yards this season with 1,125. The defense recorded 33 takeaways to lead the NFL, but allowed 368.5 yards against per week to rank 24th. Their takeaway to turnover ratio was plus 16 on the year.
The Chiefs have lost four straight postseason games on their home turf with their last win in KC coming back in 1993. Kansas City managed to beat Denver and Oakland both twice during the regular season and will be tough to take down. The Chiefs’ two home defeats were both by 19-17 scores this season. They’ll be facing a quarterback in Roethlisberger who has had a hard time on the road as he’s thrown just eight touchdowns away from home along with eight interceptions and a quarterback rating of 78.4. However, at home against the Chiefs earlier this season, Big Ben threw five touchdown passes while Bell ran for 140 yards.
by Ian S. Palmer