Steelers-Chiefs, Week 6

Faith Castro
October 16, 2017

Smith is right on many accounts: The Chiefs did miss their opportunity that cold January day at Arrowhead Stadium, squandering a strong defensive effort in an 18-16 defeat.

There are many obstacles for the Steelers as they get ready to take on their biggest challenge yet in the 2017 season.

Division leaders: Both teams lead their respective divisions.

Through the first five weeks of the National Football League season, the Kansas City Chiefs proved to be the best team in the NFL. "That much time, a timeout, that field position".

Vikings 23, Packers 10: Harrison Smith led Minnesota's defense in a dismantling of Green Bay, as the Vikings knocked Packers QB Aaron Rodgers out of the game with a broken collarbone. It put the Steelers up for good, as they bounced back from a bad loss last weekend.

He appeared to make the catch, grasping the ball with two hands and landing two feet on the ground Pittsburgh safety Sean Davis also had a his hands on the ball, however. His 89 receiving yards meant he still contributed, and was a factor in the Chiefs' failed comeback. The Pittsburgh Steelers, meanwhile, journeyed to Arrowhead Stadium coming off an embarrassing loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, in which Ben Roethlisberger threw five picks and Leonard Fournette ran for almost 200 yards.

Speaking of which, where has all the Chiefs offense gone?

HUNT STUFFED: Hunt entered the game as the league's leading rusher, but the rookie was effectively contained by the Pittsburgh front seven, finishing with just 21 yards on nine attempts.

In fact, it took a Steelers mistake -- a miscommunication between quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and receiver Antonio Brown -- to give the Chiefs some momentum as Roethlisberger's low throw was intercepted by a diving Marcus Peters. Bell said he did not see much difference schematically from the Chiefs defense than he saw last January.

CRITICAL CALL: On fourth-and-2 from the Pittsburgh 4, the Chiefs opted to go for it rather than kick a field goal to make it a one-possession game.

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The talented Steelers come to Arrowhead Stadium looking to end Kansas City's win streak. He turned two-yard losses into four-yard gains, and four-yard gains into 20.

A late hit by Steelers safety Mike Mitchell gave the Chiefs the ball at Pittsburgh's 12-yard line, and the Chiefs seemed to be in business.

After Hunt rushed for a yard up the middle to bring up fourth-and-2 from the 4-yard line, Smith and the offense prepared to go for it.

They're coming off a letdown last week against Jacksonville, when Roethlisberger tossed five picks, two of them returned for touchdowns, and the Jaguars rolled to a 30-9 victory.

Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson said the Steelers started the game with greater intensity than his team's defense.

"Kansas City does what they do", Bell said. The Chiefs' defense eventually forced a punt, but Pittsburgh accomplished its goal by draining 5 minutes off the clock and getting out of the shadow of its own end zone. Smith simply threw the ball up, and had no red shirts near where the ball landed. The Chiefs finished Sunday's game with just 29 net rushing yards.

The Steelers responded again, however. And when they faced third-and-2, former Chiefs coach and Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley dialed up a pass down the sideline to Brown, who caught the tipped ball and ran it 51 yards for the score.

The Chiefs offense was bound to regress, and the Kansas City defense had relied too heavily on turnovers to this point. Harrison Butker's 33-yard field goal cut the deficit to 19-13 with 2:17 left in the game.

Very little worked out for the Chiefs on Sunday.

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