The Kansas City Chiefs 5 0 will put their unbeaten record on the line with revenge on their mind against the Pittsburgh Steelers 3 2 on Sunday as solid home favorites at the sportsbooks. The Chiefs lost to the Steelers twice last season, including a home playoff game 18 16 in the divisional round as 2.5 point chalk.
NFL point spread The Chiefs opened as 3.5 point favorites; the total was 47 early in the week Ethan Cooper Jersey, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. Line updates and matchup report.
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Why the Steelers can cover the spread
Two words Le Veon Bell. The Pittsburgh running back dominated Kansas City s defense on two occasions a year ago https://www.steelerspitzone.com/landry-jones-jersey-c-1.html, rushing for 144 yards in his 2016 debut that led to a 43 14 home victory and then 170 in the aforementioned playoff matchup.
That said, Bell has put together only one 100 yard effort in 2017, totaling 144 on the road against the Baltimore Ravens two weeks ago. Following a 30 9 home loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars last Sunday, he was vocal about wanting to run the ball more. If head coach Mike Tomlin and his staff listen, that may be bad news for the Chiefs.
Why the Chiefs can cover the spread
Kansas City is a much more confident team than last season, which is one of the reasons the team is still undefeated. The Chiefs are getting outstanding quarterback play from Alex Smith, who is doing things that the Steelers wish Ben Roethlisberger could at this point.
Speaking of Roethlisberger, he is coming off a five interception performance versus the Jaguars and looks like he https://www.steelerspitzone.com/jordan-berry-jersey-c-2.html should have retired in the offseason. Unless the old Big Ben suddenly re appears, Kansas City s defense will eat him up.
The Chiefs have answered critics in their last few games even if the wins have not been pretty. They are good in all three facets of football—offense, defense and special teams—and have also been a great home team at Arrowhead Stadium.
If this game was being played at Heinz Field, it would be much easier to make a case for Pittsburgh in this spot. But the Steelers are 1 4 against the spread at online betting sites in their last five late afternoon games https://www.steelerspitzone.com/joshua-dobbs-jersey-c-3.html, so take KC to extend that trend.
NFL betting trends
The Steelers are 3 1 ATS in their last four games against the Chiefs.
The total has gone under in five of the Steelers last six games against the Chiefs.
The total has gone under in 10 of the Chiefs last 14 games at home.