The Pittsburgh Steelers have nothing to lose when they visit the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City on January 16, 2022.
- Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers
- NFL – AFC Wild Card Playoffs
- Date – 16/1/2022
- Starting time – 8:15 PM ET
- Venue: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Chiefs Stats & Form
The Kansas City Chiefs have won the past two AFC titles, have been to the past three championship games, and they’re fresh off a record sixth West division title. The Chiefs have finished the regular season on top of the AFC West with a 12-5 record.
They started the season with a 3-4 record and went on winning nine of the last ten games with the only loss coming from the Cincinnati Bengals 34-31. The Chiefs are coming off a 28-24 won over the Denver Broncos. Nick Bolton’s 86-yard fumble return midway through the fourth quarter was the key play of the game.
Kansas City’s defense is 27th in the NHL with a total yardage of 368.9 yards per game and 251.4 passing yards per game while they are eighth in points scored with 21.4 points per game.
Kansas City Chiefs News
Kansas City has 16 players appearing on this week’s injury report, with only five of those already ruled out. Clyde Edwards-Helaire will miss the game but the backfield already has experience operating without him. A handful of other stars are probable, including Yutann Mathieu, Travis Kelce, Tyreke Hill and Orlando Brown Jr.
Pittsburgh Steelers Stats & Form
The Pittsburgh Steelers finished the regular season second in the AFC North with a 9-7-1 record. They join the Raiders as the only teams with a negative point differential to make the playoffs.
Pittsburgh is coming off a 16-13 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens which prolonged Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement and sent the Steelers to the playoffs. Roethlisberger was right on target, finding Ray-Ray McCloud over the middle on fourth down to set up Pittsburgh for the winning field goal in overtime.
Roethlisberger is averaging 234 yards per game through the air and has tossed 22 touchdowns compared to ten interceptions. Steelers offense is one of the league’s worst but they still managed to reach the playoffs. They rank 23rd in total yardage with 315.4 yards per game, 21st in points scored with 20.2 per game and 29th in rushing yards with 93.1 yards per game.
Pittsburgh Steelers News
The Steelers have 16 players appearing this week’s injury report, with eight players already ruled out for the weekend. TJ Watt is probably the player most necessary to keep an eye on after a historic season. JuJu Smith-Schuster is also questionable, while Najee Harris and Ben Roethlisberger are both probable.
Kansas City Chiefs vs Pittsburgh Steelers Head-to-Head Stats
In the first meeting on December 26th, the Chiefs won with ease, taking the Steelers down 36-10. The Chiefs raced out to a 23-0 lead at halftime and a 30-0 lead in the third quarter.
The Steelers though, have won four of the last six and six of the last ten games against the Chiefs.
Kansas City Chiefs vs Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Odds
The Kansas City Chiefs are absolute favorites to win the game with -694 odds to do so, while Pittsburgh is at 455. The point spread is set at -12.5 for the Chiefs.
The total point margin is set at 46 with both ways being at -111.
The Chiefs are a much better team than the Steelers which they prove in their last encounter. It is not easy to win by double-digit in the playoffs but the Chiefs will show their force and dominate the Steelers once again. The Chiefs have the ability to run the ball at will on the Steelers’ defense and that ability to control the clock is going to add up over the course of the game. Kansas City will take control from tip-off and quickly take a large lead winning by more than 10.5 points at the end.