The Pittsburgh Steelers rallied in the second half of the season to notch a wild card playoff berth. For their efforts, the Steelers get a shot against last year’s AFC Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs. Earlier in the season, KC dominated Pittsburgh. Will Big Ben and his teammates turn it around on Sunday? Or should we expect an early Steelers’ exit?
NitroBetting presents a comprehensive preview of the Steelers vs. Chiefs game down below. Find event details, team and player stats, the latest NFL betting odds, trends, and predictions.
Steelers vs. Chiefs Game Information
- When: Sunday, January 16, 2022, 8:15 PM ET
- Where: GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
- TV: NBC
- Radio: WDVE-FM 102.5 (Steelers) / 106.5 The Wolf WDAF-FM (Chiefs)
- Live Stream: NFL Network, NFL League Pass
- NFL Odds: Steelers (+12) / Chiefs (-12)
Why Bet on the Pittsburgh Steelers?
The Pittsburgh Steelers head into the playoffs in their best form of the season. Pittsburgh beat the Cleveland Browns and the Baltimore Ravens to ensure a playoff spot. The name of the game for Pittsburgh is their defense. The key rests with NFL season sack leader T.J. Watt. The Steelers’ defensive end produced 22.5 sacks this season, a single season record.
When Pittsburgh is on offense, the Steelers mix in the rush with the pass. Najee Harris rumbled for 1,200 yards and scored 7 rushing TDs. Big Ben Roethlisberger should have some success against the Chiefs’ secondary.
Why Bet on the Kansas City Chiefs?
In the last game between these two, the Chiefs blasted the Steelers 36-10. The difference could have been much greater if the Chiefs hadn’t decided to slow things down. Patrick Mahomes is playing his best football of the season while Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are healthy.
On defense, the Chiefs improved mightily from the first half of the season to the second. Also, Kansas City will be motivated after failing to lock down home field advantage.
Steelers vs. Chiefs Betting Trends
- Steelers are 5-2 ATS versus a team with a winning record.
- Pittsburgh is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 wild card games.
- Over is 4-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 5 games as a road dog.
- Chiefs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games.
- Kansas City is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 wild card games.
- Over is 5-0 in Kansas City’s last 5 games as a favorite.
Steelers vs. Chiefs Expert Betting Predictions
The Baltimore Ravens rushed for 249 yards against the Steelers and could only score 16 points, which means Pittsburgh is going to give up rushing yards to the Chiefs. That shouldn’t surprise anybody. The Steelers rank thirty-second in rushing yards allowed each game. Based on that stat, Kansas City should cover.
But here’s the thing. Pittsburgh’s defense tightens in the red zone. Also, nobody can stop T.J. Watt. He’s a force that KC will have trouble containing, which means the Steelers have a real good chance of keeping this much closer than the spread.
On offense, Pittsburgh will attempt to use clock by rushing the football with Najee Harris and throwing short passes to Harris and their wide receivers. The Steelers also have Mike Tomlin in their corner. Tomlin is the best coach in the league. So expect Pittsburgh to push the Chiefs to the final quarter. By then, the Steelers should be on their way to covering the spread.
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