4 bold playoff predictions for the Steelers vs the Chiefs
By Andrew Falce
Steelers play run control
An absolute key for the Steelers this week has to be getting their run game going and controlling the time of possession. Considering the state of this defense and just how talented the Chiefs offense is, expecting them to score every drive seems likely. The Steelers’ offense will not be able to keep that pace. Minimizing the amount of time that the Chiefs have possession could yield a potential win.
With Ben Roethlisberger having thrown quite a bit over the past few weeks and everyone knowing that his next loss is his last, the Chiefs will likely be expecting a heavy dose of the passing game. Add in Najee Harris’s injury and things seem even bleaker on the ground. Assuming he plays though, the offense needs to run through him. Even if it means giving him some more breaks with some of the other backs, Harris should see a heavy dose of carries in this game.
It helps that the Chiefs are a below-average run-stopping team. They haven’t excelled at stopping opposing backs all year. Even if you have to mix in some Benny Snell, Kalen Ballage, or even some Anthony McFarland should help keep the ball out of the Chiefs’ hands. If the Steelers are moving too fast, or worse yet, are stagnant, the Chiefs will be able to run up the scoreboard again.