The Steelers are 3-1 SU and ATS in the last four meetings that they played at home, as the Chiefs are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games played on the road. In what is seen as a crucial meeting in the race for the AFC playoffs, Pittsburgh (9-5) and the Chiefs (8-6) will play at Heinz Field on Sunday in a game that pay per head agents and fans everywhere are eagerly anticipating.
The betting line opened with the Steelers as the favorites by three points, and 46.5 was the total.
Kansas City were beaten in three straight games SU and ATS, but last week they beat the Raiders 31-13 and covered as the favorites by 11 points. During the half, the Chiefs were leading 10-3 – then they were able to make three scores in the third quarter, winning the meeting.
In this matchup, Kansas City were able to outgain Kansas City 388-280. Now, being at 8-6, the Chiefs are one game behind as they try to get the second place in the AFC wildcard spot, and simply can’t lose again. In their total offense, Kansas City just have a ranking of 22nd place, but in rushing they have seventh place, in total defense they’re eighth, and in allowed points they’re fifth, with only 18 made for each game played.
Pittsburgh were just able to go 2-0 SU and ATS on a road trip of two games, after they won a game on the road last week against the Falcons at 27-20, and were able to cover as the favorites by a field goal. Early on, the Steelers clinched a lead of 13-0 and were never behind, as 360 yards and no picks were thrown by QB Ben Roethlisberger, keeping Pittsburgh ahead of Atlanta.
Also, WR Antonio Brown’s season went on with 10 catches made for 123 yards. Therefore, if the NFL playoffs were to start now, Pittsburgh, who are at 9-5, would be seeded at fourth place in the AFC, even though they’re still not guaranteed anything.
The Steelers are the ones who are leading the NFL when it comes to average possession time, at more than 33 minutes for each game played. And so far this season, the teams that were able to win the possession fight were mostly able to cover. Therefore, pay per head agents believe that Pittsburgh should be the ones to go for in this meeting.