Stairway to Seven: Steelers Tomahawk the Chiefs
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I will recap each of the Pittsburgh Steelers games this year to gain insight into trends that might help project the team’s fantasy performance. This week I take a look at the Week 6 road win against the (previously) undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. After the devastating loss to the Jaguars last week, the Steelers totally redeemed themselves on the road as 3.5-point underdogs against the 5-0 Kansas City Chiefs. The last time the Steelers played the Chiefs was the 2016 Divisional round, when the Steelers won 18-16, buoyed by a 30-attempt, 170-yard game from Le’Veon Bell. This game was almost a rerun of that game. Bell ended the game with a nearly identical 32 carries for 176 yards, and added a rushing touchdown and an extra reception, a performance that won him the AFC offensive player of the week award. This is Bell’s third time winning the honor, which ties him for the franchise record with hall of fame back Jerome Bettis. Ben Roethlisberger redeemed himself from last week’s performance with a 97.4 QB rating. This confidence-boosting win was crucial, putting the Steelers a game ahead of the Ravens for the division lead. The Steelers should continue the streak Week 7 as five-point favorites at home over the Bengals.