Chiefs-Steelers II a test for KC’s resiliency and Alex Smith’s commonality

The decision to move the game was made in consultation with the state of Missouri and local officials as well as the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL.

Even though Alex Smith has rightfully earned his reputation as a “game manager” with pedestrian passing numbers year after year, he can still be counted on in the clutch and has a great rapport with tight end Travis Kelce, who could wreak havoc on the Steelers as well as they’ve struggled to shut down opposing tight ends much of the year. “Everybody felt the pain of losing four in a row”. “It makes us better”. We had to turn something around.

In the losses to the Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars, Roethlisberger found himself alone on offense, without his starting running back and in last year’s case, also his starting wide receiver. Kansas City will need to Spencer Ware to have a big day after he missed the team’s last game with a rib injury. This week, it’s a necessity for the Steelers that he reins himself in and leans more on his old caretaking self. Houston is back and, much like Bell to Pittsburgh’s offense, adds a whole new element to Kansas City’s quarterback sack attack.

Five of those men – Marvin Lewis, Mike Tomlin, Jim Caldwell, Hue Jackson and Ron Rivera – remain head coaches, though Caldwell has switched from the Colts to the Lions, and Jackson went from the Raiders to the Browns.

“He’s a guy that from the jump was getting sprinkled in from the start”, Smith said. “And whatever the conditions are, we’ll find a way to get the job done”.

But they aren’t going to be intimidated by it.

“It’s a big game, win or go home”, said Prescott, whose team is favourite. This regular season, he ranked third in yards from scrimmage, fourth in touches, fifth in rushing yards and seventh in yards per rushing attempt.

The other AFC game isn’t expected to be almost as close.

But the Steelers haven’t lost since.

“I don’t know if you have to win games to solidify or restore the iconic nature of Arrowhead”, Chiefs president Mark Donovan said.

“We’re prepping the entire complex, the entrance ways, the parking lots and we’re preparing the stadium inside the stadium”, Donovan said.

The threat of icy conditions caused the National Football League to move Sunday’s game from noon to 7:20. “We want to continue to get better and better each week”.

Bell is among the game’s most dynamic playmakers.

But the Chiefs haven’t always been able to make that work for them.

“I thought it was clean, me personally”, Dupree said Sunday of the hit. I’m just excited to have the opportunity to play.

Before I disregard the Steelers’ victory completely, let’s acknowledge its impressiveness for a second.

Moore threw for 289 yards, but the Steelers forced him into three turnovers.

The Chiefs had 18 interceptions and 15 fumble recoveries. “Having said that, Sunday comes, we’ve treated, it melts, all the sudden the temperature drops to 17 degrees, there is going to be ice, it’s going to be slick”. “When you give our offense the ball on a short field, they’re gonna make things happen”. “It’s January. You have to take care of the ball”.

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