And despite laying 13 points at several sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark.com, Pittsburgh is commanding more than 65 percent of the betting action in this battle.
Pittsburgh got off to a very slow start this season with a 2-3 SU and 1-4 ATS record, including ugly road losses to the lowly Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans. But it appears that the Steelers have figured things out in recent weeks with a 3-0 SU and ATS record, including road wins over Cincinnati and the New York Giants and a win at home against the Washington Redskins.
After giving up 26 or more points in three of its first five games, the Steelers defense has given up 20 points or less in each of the last three.
You have to go all the way back to 1940 to find another team that hadn’t held a lead through its first eight games, but this year’s Chiefs team has accomplished that dubious feat. With their only win coming in overtime, the 1-7 SU and 2-6 ATS Chiefs are so bad that they haven’t led a game at any point this season.
With an offense averaging only 16.6 points per game and a defense allowing 30 points per game, you’d be hard-pressed to find any positives about this year’s Chiefs squad.
If there was ever a justifiable double-digit favorite in the NFL, it is Pittsburgh this week. Not only are they trending upwards while the Chiefs are plummeting, but the Steelers are also 13-1 SU and 10-4 ATS over their last 14 home games, while Kansas City is 1-3 SU and ATS in its last four road games.
Pittsburgh has two wins by 15 points or more at home this season (against Washington and the New York Jets) and should make it three this week against the hapless Chiefs, who have lost five of their eight games by at least two touchdowns. The OddsShark NFL Computer predicts a 26-10 final.
Monday Night Football PICK: Pittsburgh -12.5, but also watch the UNDER as the past six Steelers home games all went that way (courtesy of PickShark.com)