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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Kansas City Chiefs: 3 Keys to a Kansas City Upset
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Despite only a 4-6 record, the Kansas City Chiefs look to beat the odds Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and resurrect their playoff hopes in the process.

No other team has provided such a rollercoaster of hope and despair this season like the Chiefs. The defending AFC West champions delivered a soul-crushing 0-3 start, followed by a four-game winning streak that included a shutout against rival Oakland.

Now Kansas City's fans are back to calling for a new head coach and projecting their 2012 draft slot.

But the Chiefs haven't given up on this season yet. Only two games out of first place, Kansas City still stands a distant shot to turn things around. They picked up Kyle Orton on waivers to replace Matt Cassel, who became the fourth Chiefs' starter to hit the injured reserve list.

Orton won't start on Sunday, but picking up the tab on his contract shows that the Chiefs still believe they can make the postseason this year.

To do that, though, they'll have to figure out how to upset some of the best teams in the league; that list of teams starts Sunday with Pittsburgh.

If the Chiefs are going to pull a rabbit out of their hat for this game, they'll need to start with these three things. If they can execute on these points, Kansas City will at least stand a decent chance of coming out on top.

If not, well, there are plenty of good prospects in the 2012 draft.

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