The Pittsburgh Steelers have a big challenge ahead of them in the AFC Wild Card round against the Kansas City Chiefs. But are we about to see a huge upset win by the Steelers here? Or will the Chiefs put an end to Ben Roethlisberger’s NFL career? Check out our preview below of this game.
Betting Preview for the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Kansas City Chiefs AFC Wild Card Game on January 16, 2022
Where: GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
When: Sunday, January 16, 2022, 8:15 PM ET
TV Broadcast: NBC
Betting on the Pittsburgh Steelers (+12.5)
Regular Season Record: 9-7
On paper, the Steelers look undeniably as the underdog in this game against the Chiefs. Ben Roethlisberger is no longer the quarterback that he used to be, but he might have at least one more magic left in his tank to lead the Steelers to an improbable upset victory against the Chiefs this Sunday. The Steelers also have at least momentum going for them, as they have won both of their last two games to close out the regular season. They beat the Cleveland Browns at home in Week 17, 26-14, then took down the Baltimore Ravens on the road in Week 18, 16-13. Pittsburgh could be getting a big boost on offense, with wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster reportedly “healthy enough to play.” But perhaps the real key to success for Pittsburgh is on defense. With TJ Watt prowling, the Steelers’ defense managed to own the second-best sack rate in the NFL.
The Steelers are 16-6-3 against the spread in their last 25 games in January.
Betting on the Kansas City Chiefs (-12.5)
Regular Season Record: 12-5
Kansas City shook off a bad first half to clinch a spot in the playoffs, thanks to a strong 9-1 finish in the regular season. That stretch included the Chiefs’ 36-10 demolition of the Steelers at home in Week 16. In that game, Patrick Mahomes passed for 258 yards and three touchdowns without an interception on 23/30 completions. Travis Kelce was not even around in that contest due to a COVID-related reason. With Kelce now active, he’s expected to add a tremendous headache for the Steelers. Kelce enters Sunday’s game with 1,125 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on 92 receptions this season. Meanwhile, Kansas City won’t have running back
Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the Wild Card round, as he’s dealing with a shoulder injury. Darrel William should get the lion’s share of touches out of the backfield for Kansas City’s ground attack that averaged 115.0 rushing yards per game in the regular season.
The Chiefs are 4-0 against the spread in their last 4 games as a home favorite.
The Chiefs win 30-17.
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