Halfway through the 2012 NFL season, the Chiefs have still yet to lead a game in regulation. Their only win came on a last-second field goal in overtime against the New Orleans Saints.
It won’t be easy for this 1-7 team to turn things around this week. KC is set to close out Week 10 as they visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football. The contest will kick off at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. You can watch a free live stream online at espn3.com.
The Steelers are probably near the top of the list of teams that the Chiefs don’t want to play right now. Both teams are headed in very different directions. Kansas City has lost five straight, while Pittsburgh is coming off their third straight win against the defending champion New York Giants.
This game could be out of hand pretty early. The Steelers are 13-point favorites, according to the consensus betting line at most Las Vegas sportsbooks.
Pittsburgh has been unbeatable at home on Monday Night Football. They haven’t lost on Monday Night in front of their home fans in almost 20 years.
The Chiefs have a hard enough time moving the ball against average defenses, so they should struggle even more at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh has the best pass defense in football, allowing just 174 yards through the air per game.
While the Steelers have the best pass defense, Kansas City might have the worst starting quarterback in the league. Matt Cassel will be under center for the Chiefs, but only because career-backup Brady Quinn is out with a concussion. Cassel’s 68.9 quarterback rating is 31st in the NFL.
Ben Roethlisberger is, once again, near the top of multiple statistical categories for quarterbacks. He’s on pace to set career highs in passing yards, touchdowns and completion percentage.
Kansas City will have to look out for the Steelers running game, as well. Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman have performed admirably in Rashard Mendenhall’s absence.
Prediction: Pittsburgh 30, Kansas City 10