The Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers will meet up for some Sunday Night Football this weekend. Both teams enter this battle with 2-1 records, so things should get interesting, to say the least.
Kansas City enters this game with some momentum as it won its last contest by the score of 24-3 against the New York Jets. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh, who has been a trendy Super Bowl pick this season, looked absolutely horrible in its last outing — there is really no other way to put it.
The Steelers lost to the Philadelphia Eagles by the score of 34-3. With that in mind, Le’Veon Bell is back in the lineup, and this squad does have players like Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown (among others).
Nonetheless, there might be plenty of football that needs to be played (it’s only Week 4 of the 2016 NFL season, after all), but both teams have their eyes on the playoffs. Things should get interesting this Sunday. Before the action is unleashed, make sure to catch some bold predictions for the big-stage contest first.
Le’Veon Bell Doesn’t Skip A Beat
Le’Veon Bell is one of the most dangerous players in the NFL — there is no doubt about it. Well, when he is actually on the field, that is. Needless to say, Bell’s return is huge for the Steelers.
In 2014, Bell racked up 1,361 rushing yards, eight rushing touchdowns, 854 receiving yards, and three more touchdowns through the air.
While it remains to be seen how Pittsburgh will work Bell into the playbook, especially since DeAngelo Williams has held his own at the running back position (he has the seventh-most rushing yards in the NFL with 258), it wouldn’t be a major shocker if Bell’s number was called early and often against the Chiefs, as he is one of the most lethal players in the league.
In terms of stats, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Bell went off for 150 or more total yards and a score or two.
The Chiefs Continue To Be Interception Machines
This number is going to sound unrealistic, but here it goes anyway: Kansas City had six interceptions against the Jets in Week 3. Six! Just for comparison’s sake, the Chiefs have eight interceptions on the season. The next best team has five, meaning KC had more interceptions in one game than any other team has total in 2016.
Roethlisberger hasn’t exactly been elite in that category this season as he already has four interceptions. Reminder, only three weeks of football have been played.
Roethlisberger should find the end zone in Week 4, but that doesn’t mean the Chiefs won’t intercept him a time or two on top of that.
Pittsburgh Squeaks Out A Win
It’s early on in the year, so it can be considered the overreaction period of the season. It remains to be seen who is a pretender and who is a contender. Until proven otherwise, the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers are both contenders. They are both 2-1 on the season, and they have both shown that they can make some noise in 2016.
Still, Pittsburgh gets this Sunday night showdown at home. Plus, it’s really hard to go against this team when it has players like Bell, Brown, and Roethlisberger. If all three players can stay healthy, then this could be the most dangerous offensive trio in football.
After a brutal last week, it would be easy to go extreme by saying the Steelers will continue to drop games. It would also be easy to go in the opposite direction by saying Pittsburgh will use last week’s loss as motivation. However, let’s go with Pittsburgh squeaking out a win in single-digit fashion.
As it stands, the Chiefs are ranked No. 12 in ESPN’s power rankings. The Steelers are ranked No. 9.
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