Smith doesn't have fancy rules for dishing out recommendations; he watches and reads everything he can, then shares his thoughts with whoever he thinks will like hearing what he's learned. And his taste is certainly eclectic: "I'm watching The Expanse right now," Smith said last month, referencing a little-known space opera that premiered in December. "Please don't print that. People will think I'm a geek. It's on Syfy. OK, you can put it in, but my brother recommended it."
Second-year dynamo Marcus Peters, a player who many fans and talent evaluators thought would make an excellent addition to the Steelers via the 2015 NFL Draft, already has four interceptions this season. "(Peters) is a calculated risk taker and intercepting the ball at an alarming rate," Tomlin said. Kansas City's defense has already forced 10 turnovers this season, which leads the league. Roethlisberger alone is responsible for six turnovers.
Ware had 445 touches in college at LSU and with the Seahawks and Chiefs in the NFL before he lost a fumble in the previous week’s game against the Houston Texans. He’s now lost fumbles in back-to-back weeks, though the one against the Texans was a different situation.
RB Le'Veon Bell: He’s arguably the game’s best tailback, his knee is healthy, he’s in a contract year and he’s had a ton of off-field problems. All of this isn’t lost on Bell; He wants to perform. The Steelers plan to give him the ball early and often at an opportune time. They need more weapons behind Brown.
"I was running toward the ball, and I'm trying to get the tackle and I'm trying to get the ball because we knew coming in that the returner was iffy holding on to the ball," Harris said.
"It fell in my hands."
If that return does not happen this week, it appears Ware is primed to get most of the work as he picked up an eye-opening 71 percent of the snaps, compared to West's 22 percent. Sherman continues to get more work (10 percent for the second straight week). Davis earned an offensive snap, but it's glaring that he did not earn a single snap on special teams. His snap percentage on special teams has dropped from 10 percent, to 3 percent, to zero, as Tyreek Hill earned both kick-return attempts Sunday.
Nelson remains the No. 2 corner, but he did see his special-teams percentage drop to only 22 percent after 71 percent in the opener and 62 percent in Week 2. White continues to make plays in limited playing time; after a big hit in one rep in Week 1, he logged an interception in five snaps on Sunday.
Smith took the snap, looked the safety off, and threw deep without hesitation. Williams is a good corner, but Hill had at least a step or two on him down the sideline. Hill made a nice catch on the ball, but it was thrown just a few feet too close to the sideline, and he couldn't get his second foot in bounds. If he had, the gain would've been more than 30 yards.
Last week, I'd wondered if the Chiefs would try this, to be more aggressive in isolating Hill's jetpack speed on a go route. Particularly with how much they like to use tight ends and running backs in the mid-range passing game, this seems like a potentially game-changing option. More of this.
The one truly concerning thing with Kansas City, though, is the missing pass rush. With Justin Houston on the shelf, the Chiefs have a mere three sacks in three games and have pressured opposing quarterbacks on just 14.4 percent of their dropbacks this season. Only the Steelers, at 12.8 percent, have been worse. If the pass rush doesn't arrive soon, when the turnovers begin to disappear, the Chiefs are going to be stuck on the field for some long defensive drives.
The 13th edition of the Fall Classic will come to Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday as the No. 1 ranked Northwest Missouri State University Bearcats take on the No. 22 ranked University of Central Missouri Mules. Tickets for the 5 p.m. contest are still available through the Arrowhead Stadium Ticket Office, participating Ticketmaster locations or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Lower level adult tickets are $25 while youth tickets (ages 3-18) are $10. Children under the age of 3 are free. All Scout Investments Club Level tickets are $40. Tickets for Northwest Missouri State and Central Missouri students are $10 with valid student identification. Parking for Saturday’s game is $12 while bus/RV parking is $25. Lots open at 11 a.m.