The Chiefs possess the best red zone defense in the NFL. They are only allowing opponents to score touchdowns on 37 percent of their trips in the red zone. If the Chiefs are able to uphold that standard through the final two weeks of the regular season it would be the best percentage since 2008 when the Baltimore Ravens only allowed opponents to score touchdowns 34.7 percent of their trips into the red zone.
Kansas City has allowed just two rushing touchdowns all season. No other team has allowed less than five.
It is the classic question of which wins out, a dynamic offense like the Steelers, or a suffocating defense like the Chiefs. Only time will tell, but with Week 16 getting ready to kick off, the experts have made their selections on the full slate of NFL games this week. Let's see who they like in the Steelers vs. Chiefs game.
They’ve been able to survive where other teams haven't for a couple of reasons. First, the offense has committed just 16 turnovers, one of the lowest totals in the league. The Chiefs have also done a nice job on third downs. Opponents convert on just 36.9 percent of third-down plays, which is eighth in the league
Steelers’ assistant expresses gratitude for time in Kansas City as head coach of the Chiefs.
In the mid 1990s, Jerome Bettis and Marcus Allen did battle many times on a particular field in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Well, not really, but two best friends did their best to mimic their running styles while playing football with and against each other during recess. When Bettis and Allen finally did meet each other on Monday Night Football, bragging rights, as well as pivotal games between the Steelers and Chiefs, were on the line.
Mike Adams made his third consecutive start in Gilbert's place. The Falcons sacked Ben Roethlisberger once Sunday, the second allowed by the Steelers in Adams' three starts. Granted, part of that success came against two teams ranked last and second-to-last in the league in sacks (Cincinnati 18, Atlanta 16). To put this week's challenge into perspective, Kansas City's Justin Houston has more sacks (17) than the Falcons.
At 6-foot-1, Bell is pitched somewhere between the styles of the Chiefs' Jamaal Charles and Seattle's Marshawn Lynch, an every-down back who can hammer it between the tackles with the wheels to turn a screen or swing pass into a big gain. "He's very graceful; he reads his blocks," Coleman says, "and then he's not a guy that's going to just hit a hole -- he's going to be patient, allow it to open up, and then make his one cut.
Haley has morphed from a lightning rod into Roethlisberger's collaborator while serving as the chief architect of the league's most prolific offense at nearly 425 yards per game. "It makes you feel good when they have that trust in you on that third-and-1, and the whole world thinks you're going to run it because we have one of the best backs in the league," Roethlisberger told USA TODAY Sports.
Wide receiver has pleased the Chiefs with his play on the field in his first three games since signing last month and with the way he has made a good impression on younger teammates off the field.
But as coach Andy Reid noted early in the week, it isn’t always going to be perfect for the kicker. To his credit, Toub didn’t let Santos escape without blame. "We held him accountable, too," Toub said. "We didn’t make an excuse for him, that he missed it because of the snap. He was still able to see the ball. He has to get in there and make that kick.