Smith was 31 of 46 for 296 yards and a touchdown in the win.
The win improves Washington to 5-7, in a tie with the New York Giants for first place in the NFC East. But the news for Kansas City is in the Steelers’ loss, which drops them to 11-1 on the season.
The Chiefs and Steelers are tied in record, but for now, the Steelers hold onto first place in the conference. According to the league’s tie-breaking procedures, the first step is head-to-head record, and the Chiefs and Steelers won’t match up this season.
The next qualifier is conference win percentage, and the Steelers still have the edge, as they remain a perfect 8-0 in the conference despite the loss. Kansas City is 9-1 in the conference due to their loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.
With seven AFC playoff teams and only one bye team, a rule change for 2020, the remaining schedule of the two teams becomes even more critical after Monday’s result.
Pittsburgh’s remaining schedule: at Buffalo, at Cincinnati, vs. Indianapolis, at Cleveland
Kansas City’s remaining schedule: at Miami, at New Orleans, vs. Atlanta, vs. LA Chargers
Last year — in its Super Bowl season — Kansas City found a hero in Miami’s Ryan Fitzpatrick. Perhaps this year, at least a part of the heroics might have just come from the former starter in Smith.
Will the Chiefs win the AFC’s lone bye?
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