Ben Roethlisberger will lead the Steelers against the Chiefs. Image courtesy of bleacherreport.com/Jeff Cross/Getty Images
Last season the Steelers ground out a 13-9 victory over the Chiefs . The chances of a hard-fought match this time around aren’t great, with Kansas City coming in to the game with just one win from eight starts, and they haven’t actually led for a single second of an NFL game this season, as that triumph came in a comeback win over the Saints where they kicked the winning field goal in overtime.
Pittsburgh hasn’t exactly been setting the world on fire this campaign, but the black and golds have finished on the right side of the ledger in their last three games, which suggests they’re running in to some good form. In Week 9 the Steelers rallied to beat reigning Superbowl champions the New York Giants, and their pass defence restricted Eli Manning to his lowest passing yards tally since 2008.
Isaac Redman rushed for a career-high 147 yards against the Giants, and reports are that he will start against the Chiefs, with Jonathan Dwyer backing him up on return from a quad injury. Rashard Mendenhall will miss yet another outing due to his Achilles problem.
The Chiefs really only have one offensive weapon which could trouble the Steelers, and that’s running back Jamaal Charles . After a monster 2010, Charles missed most of last season after suffering an ACL injury. He’s down from a 6.4 yards per carry average in 2010 to 4.8 this season, but he remains the most likely threat to Pittsburgh. With Brady Quinn still suffering the lingering effects of his second concussion of the season, Matt Cassel will start at quarterback for KC.
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