While the red in Kansas City is symbolic of their current bleeding, the play of the Pittsburgh Steelers has transitioned from the blackness of early season to a gold standard in recent weeks. Heading to Arrowhead Stadium, the Men of Steel will look to continue both trends in an attempt to keep pace with the division leading Ravens.
In Chiefs territory, like many locales, there is a large contingent of Steelers fans and an official K.C. Steelers Fan Club. However, the most obvious local flavor in Missouri this Sunday night will be Tyler Palko. The former Pitt Panthers quarterback will be making only his second NFL start after a lackluster effort against the New England Patriots.
With their backs against the wall and their quarterback out indefinitely, Todd Haley's defending AFC West Champions will have their hands full, needing an upset win to stay within striking distance of their division rivals.
While most expect a commanding Pittsburgh victory, any trip to the "Red Sea" poses its own challenge against a raucous crowd and five-star atmosphere. The Steelers will look to get off to a fast start and prove the disproportionate state of the two teams, both on paper and on the field of play.
Certainly, the Steelers have reason to be motivated. Any "trap game" could spell disaster for Pittsburgh's hopes in the AFC North, and memories of a troubling 27-24 overtime loss at Arrowhead in 2009 are still a fresh wound to most of the Black and Gold roster.
Hoping for a more successful outcome in Arrowhead, here are 10 things that Steelers fans can pay attention for against the Chiefs.