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Kansas City Chiefs @ Pittsburgh Steelers

Location

Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pa

Time

7:30pm ET

12:30am Sunday UK

Coverage

NFL Network

Game Pass

Chiefs Radio Network

 

Team Records

Chiefs 1-0

Steelers 1-0

 

Last 3 games

Chiefs 42 @ Steelers 36

Steelers 19 @ Chiefs 13

Steelers 18 @ Chiefs 16

 

The story so far

The perfect opening preseason game? Hang 38 points on the board, 1st offence scores a TD, QB1 goes 4/4. Ah, wait, the 1st defence allowed a 14 play TD drive on their only outing. But was it what we’ll see from this defence the rest of the season? Quite a few starters pulled after 2 of those plays. Nothing exotic in the blitzing. Very hard to draw any meaningful conclusions from it. The 1s will play most of the 1st half in Pittsburgh so we’ll have a better idea of where this defence is headed.

 

Head to head

Steelers lead 23-12

 

 

Team Leaders

Passing

Att

Cmp

Yds

TDs

Chase Litton

15

11

122

2

Rushing

Car

Yds

Avg

TDs

Josh Caldwell

4

59

14.8

1

Darwin Thompson

5

22

4.4

0

Receiving

Rec

Yds

Avg

TDs

Blake Bell

2

37

18.5

0

Travis Kelce

1

36

36

0

Deon Yelder

2

32

16

1

Mecole Hardman

2

31

15.5

1

One to watch

Darwin Thompson. All aboard the D Train. This year’s Lucas Locomotive is our 6th round RB from Utah State. He made a series of impresive plays in all facets including a fantastic block in pass protection that lit the defender up. He’s probably going to be running with the 2s but if he keeps going the way he’s started then it’s only a matter of time before he’s starting.

 

Key Matchup

Charvarius Ward v Any Steelers WR. Ward had a rough game last week, he was beaten on a couple of plays and one of those was deep to set up the Bengals first score. The Chiefs need average play from the CBs, anything better than that is a bonus. Ward played well last season but teams have a bit of film on him now and it will be interesting to see if the Steelers go after him in the same way the Bengals did. If so, time to start looking at which CBs are available.

 

Injuries

No official injury report again but Andy Reid stated on Thursday that Gehrig Dieter, Davon Grayson, Michael Hunter and John Lovett are all out through injury.

What they said

Ben Rothlisberger

I like this group,” Roethlisberger said after the final practice of camp at Saint Vincent. “I think we have got a special group of people here, and that’s why I am excited to see when things get real what is going to happen.”

What we said

Andy Reid

Do we have a bunch of work to get done yet? Yeah, we do before the season starts. The guys came out with what I thought was a great attitude. They had a purpose of wanting to be better. That’s the way they approached it. Every day, they came with something individually to make themselves better, and then collectively as a team, to make themselves better.”

Odds

Chiefs by 2.5. Now I’m not condoning gambling here but to have the Chiefs favoured for an away game against the Steelers, preseason or not, is very interesting. Home team usually is worth 3 points so the money says that people think the Chiefs are significantly better than the Steelers.

 

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