Chiefs vs. Steelers: Spread Info, Line and Predictions

Austin GreenCorrespondent INovember 9, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 04: Isaac Redman #33 and Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrate a touchdown against the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 4, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Monday night's battle between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs features two teams headed in completely opposite directions.

The Steelers are coming on strong as of late, winning three straight games and four of their last five. They're also beating quality opponents, registering wins over the Bengals, Redskins and Giants during their recent streak.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs are the worst team in the NFL at 1-7. Their only win was an overtime victory over the Saints on September 23, and since then they've lost their last five games by an average of 15.2 points.

Pittsburgh is putting the NFL's best defense on the field, allowing just 262.6 yards per game. During their three-game winning streak, they've allowed just 15 second-half points.

Offensively, they've gotten a strong boost from the running game, particularly Isaac Redman. Redman carried the ball 26 times for 147 yards and a touchdown against the Giants last week, and against a paltry Chiefs defense, he should have similar success.

Kansas City is 126 rushing yards per game, and they've given up at least 31 points in five games this season.

On the other side of the ball, Kansas City has been even worse. They've committed 29 turnovers, 10 more than the next worst team, and are averaging just 11.4 points during their last four games.

Here is everything you need to know about Monday's AFC showdown.


When: Monday, November 12 at 8:30 p.m. ET

Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA


Live Stream: NFL Sunday Ticket


Spread Info: Steelers -12.5 (via Bovada)

Over/Under: 42 (via Bovada)


Injury Report

Steelers—via ESPN (as of Friday, Nov. 9)

Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Probable

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Questionable

Antonio Brown, WR, Doubtful

Chris Rainey, RB, Questionable


Chiefs—via ESPN (as of Friday, Nov. 9)

Glenn Dorsey, DE, Out

Jamaal Charles, RB, Probable


Fantasy Big Plays

Steelers: Isaac Redman, RB

Redman had a huge game against a better defense last week, and with the health of Dwyer and Mendenhall in question, he looks like a good option again on Monday.

Even before his breakout game last week, Redman had 119 total yards in his last outing on October 11. Look for the dual-threat back to have a big game against KC's awful defense

Projected Stats: 17 carries for 78 yards and one touchdown; four catches for 37 yards


Chiefs: Jamaal Charles, RB

The Steelers have a stout defense, but Charles is still one of the best backs in the league. He's currently ninth in the NFL in rushing yards (634), and he's capable of breaking off a huge run at any moment.

He won't be spectacular on Monday, but Charles should give fantasy owners a nice contribution

Projected Stats: 18 carries for 73 yards and one touchdown


Key to Victory


If the Chiefs are going to have a shot at winning this game, they can't turn the ball over. Given the fact that they've done that 29 times through eight games this season and they're playing on the road against the NFL's best defense, I'm not loving their odds.



I'm not saying the Chiefs don't have a chance of winning this game, but...well, actually, that's exactly what I'm saying. The Chiefs don't have a chance.

Final Score: Steelers 34, Chiefs 13