There’s any number of statistics heading into tonight’s Monday Night Match-up with the Kansas City Chiefs that scare the crap right out of me and now here’s another one; Since the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1994 AFC Wild-Card Playoffs in overtime, the teams have alternated wins every game since.
That would be a total of ten games with the Steelers winning five and the Chiefs winning five and who won the most recent head-to-head match-up? The Steelers did, 13-9 last year in Kansas City.
So yes the Chiefs haven’t led in regulation all season.
So yes the Chiefs starting QB Matt Cassel is 3-0 on Monday Night Football.
So yes Romeo Crennel has removed himself as the defensive coordinator.
So yes the Chiefs are one of the worst teams in the league at 1-7.
Bah! Those don’t matter to me one stinking bit because the Chiefs rank third in the NFL in rushing and even though we have the top defense in the league right now, we’ve obviously shown at times we can be gashed by some teams. There is match-up number one in my eyes. The KC running attack versus the Steelers’ D.
Match-up number two comes in the form of complacency. Will the Pittsburgh Steelers be caught in the classic ‘trap game’ where they come off a huge road win and look forward to a monster home game against the rival Baltimore Ravens next week? With the way things shook out across the league yesterday, Mike Tomlin should need no motivation for this team.
The third match-up is continuity. With his favorite receiver Antonio Brown out for this game, will Ben Roethlisberger be able to do the things he likes to do in the passing game against the NFL’s 17th-ranked defense? I say yes. Look for lots more Heath Miller and Emmanuel Sanders and the continued emphasis on the run.
While I have the Steelers winning this game 24-13, I don’t think it’ll be easy. The Chiefs do not want to be embarrassed on national TV in front of their football peers and I expect a ‘nothing-to-lose’ approach that the Steelers must be prepared for and must react to accordingly. Could be some wind and rain tonight in the Steel City so ball security will be important. Did I mention the Steelers have won 14-straight home MNF games? I hate numbers…