Marshall Faulk (@marshallfaulk) December 11, 2014
The Chiefs next game is a visit to Pittsburgh to play the Steelers, and I'm not short on compliments. The Steelers are not the NFL's best team but they are one of the worst matchups for the Chiefs for these two reasons:
1. Le'Veon Bell is a monster, and the Chiefs can't stop the run. The Steelers RB has been outstanding this season -- both in the run and the pass, sort of like Jamaal Charles. I don't expect the Steelers play callers (hey, Todd Haley!) to do what the Raiders did and move away from the run for some odd reason. The Steelers will run it, and then run it some more until the Chiefs show they can stop it.
2. Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown is a terrific connection. Brown, who has a whopping 115 catches for nearly 1,500 yards, can stretch the field vertically which has been a problem for the Chiefs in the past. I'll give KC's defense credit for shutting those big plays down this year but they have been vulnerable to fast receivers who can take the top off the defense before. I didn't mention Heath Miller but he's a solid tight end, too.
Add in that the Steelers are playing at home and this will be a tough game for the Chiefs, one of the toughest they'll play all season