Get the Chiefs talking about the Sunday’s opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and additional characteristics are tossed on top of the reverence for an opponent that’s customary in the NFL.
The Steelers aren’t just good, which the Chiefs would say about the next team no matter the uniform colors.
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While Hill was essentially a one-man wrecking crew in Week 1, that won’t be the case going forward. Travis Kelce might not be on Gronkowski’s level, but who is? He’s still the best run-after-catch tight end in football. Sammy Watkins was signed away from the Rams to operate as the second receiver and draw attention away from Hill and Kelce. Even as a rookie, Kareem Hunt proved to be a threat out of the backfield, allowing Reid to isolate him against linebackers in coverage. Good luck keeping this offense under 30 points per game.
With Bell out in Week 1, the Steelers made Brown an even bigger focal point against the Cleveland Browns, targeting him 16 times as he piled up nine catches for 92 yards and a touchdown. And he has a strong chance to go for insane numbers in Week 2 against a shaky Kansas City secondary that gave up 424 yards and three touchdowns through the air in Week 1. The Chiefs let Keenan Allen run wild with an 8-108-1 stat line on 11 targets.
For the Steelers (0-0-1) to win this game, they will need to keep the ball out of the hands of Tyreek Hill, an explosive wide receiver and kick returner. Hill had flashed potential over the last few years, but he exploded against the Chargers in Week 1, scoring three times. The Chiefs (1-0) must be extremely concerned about their defensive effort — a feeling that should be exacerbated by the thought of trying to contain wide receiver Antonio Brown — but Bell staying home for another week could tip the scales in Kansas City’s favor. Pick: Chiefs +4
Pittsburgh must make Patrick Mahomes uncomfortable, something the Joey Bosa-less Chargers couldn’t do in Week 1. The Le’Veon Bell-James Conner concoction will be too much for a shaky Chiefs defense. Check that: The James Conner Solo Tour will be too much.
“There’s just some stuff that he does sometimes that you don’t ever think of, and then you see it and you’re like, ‘That play is going to work.’ And it works every single time,” Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said.
Since the start of last season, there have been five instances of a quarterback scoring at least 25 points against the Chiefs.
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“[Bell] said to me ‘people think that I don’t like Pittsburgh, I don’t like James Conner, I don’t like these guys,’” Jones-Drew said. “He was like yes, I was disappointed they went out and spoke about my contract, understandably so. He was like, but I still want them to do well, they’re still guys that I work with and guys that I’ve put in this extra work with -- blood, sweat and tears like I still want them to do well.
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“I made a mistake in judgment with my tweet last week, and I apologize for that. It is not OK to threaten anyone and I need to be better spiritually and professionally. Though I do not agree with the negative parts of the story about my personal life, I need to have better control over my actions to use social media as a way to engage with my fans, rather than use it improperly.”
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This is an intriguing development since the Ravens had previously only wore purple pants with their purple alternate jerseys, otherwise known as their “Color Rush” uniforms. It used to be a guarantee that you’d see one or both teams participating in the Nike-led uniform program for Thursday Night Football games but it’s clear that the practice has gone by the wayside for the 2018 season.
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“Every game has been a little bit different, but the end result was that they won the game. When you play this crew, you have to play a complete game, you have to do it for four quarters. Given opportunities, you have to take advantage of opportunities on both sides of the ball and special teams. That normally is what differs a game when two good teams are playing each other. Eliminate some mistakes in certain places and you will be all right.”
Roethlisberger, Haden and Heyward appearing on the report are worth monitoring, but SB Nation’s Behind the Steel Curtain said that was expected. It’s worth noting that Alualu is Heyward’s backup.
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