Chiefs Now Up To 2.5-Point Home Favorites Over Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers advanced to the Divisional Round of the 2016 NFL playoffs Sunday with their 30-12 win over the Miami Dolphins at Heinz Field and that means they’ll play the Kansas City Chiefs on the road this coming Sunday. The Chiefs, however, are currently favored by as many as 2.5-points in that game as of Monday.

According to VegasInsider.com, the Steelers upcoming game against the Chiefs opened as a Pick’em and has since moved to Kansas City being favored by as many as 2.5-points at a few sportsbooks.

With Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger now dealing with an ankle injury that he sustained late in the win over the Dolphins, it’s probably not surprising that several bettors jumped on the Chiefs.

The Steelers beat the Chiefs 43-14 back in Week 4 of the regular season in a game that was played at Heinz Field. Roethlisberger threw for 300 yards and five touchdowns in that game and running back Le’Veon Bell registered 178 yards from scrimmage in what was his 2016 debut following a three-game suspension.

The Chiefs had this past weekend off after securing the No. 2 seed in the AFC during the final week of the regular season. They were 6-2 at home during the regular season with their only two losses being to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans.

The Chiefs offense is led by veteran quarterback Alex Smith, who threw 15 touchdown passes and 8 interceptions during the regular season. His two main receiving weapons are tight end Travis Kelce and rookie wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who also doubles as their return specialist. Hill has three touchdown returns on the season in addition to 9 other scores on offense.

The Chiefs defense is led by outside linebacker Dee Ford, who led Kansas City in sacks during the regular season with 10. The Chiefs defense also led the league in takeaways this season with 33.

The Steelers and Chiefs have met previously in the playoffs just once and Kansas City won that game 27-24 in overtime. That 1993 season Wild Card game was played at Arrowhead Stadium.
While the upcoming playoff game between the Steelers and Chiefs is still several days away, early weather forecasts for Sunday in Kansas City call for light freezing rain in the morning changing to rain showers in the afternoon. A high of 36F is currently expected with winds out of the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is currently 50%.

  • Sam Clonch

    Nice. Get those underdog juices flowing. James Harrison LOVES that!!!

  • srdan

    No surprise there. It’s still a pick game. That is just people betting that ben is injured. If vegas moved the line for a injured franchise QB on the road, it would be a lot more.

  • Chris92021

    Good. I hope it moves up to at least -4 by Sunday.

  • PaeperCup

    I like it. Underdogs, on the road. Nothing to lose, everything to gain. time to make a statement.

  • Steve Johnson

    2.5 points under-dogs. Just what the Dr. Ordered.

  • Don

    Actually I think it might drop, assuming Ben’s ankle ends up not being a problem. But I’d prefer the underdog status, for sure.

  • Jay Clam 2021

    I don’t know why people care so much (or follow so closely) about the odds makers. Who cares? lol

    Any given Sunday. This the NFL. On paper, I think we have the better team. Both teams have good momentum at the moment, but we have the much better QB. They have the better defense as of now, but ours is definitely coming around. I think the game will be close, for sure. I’m predicting 23-17 Steelers.

  • colingrant

    Might have something to do with a billion dollars changing hands each week in the NFL. Personally, I’ve found the odds makers to be remarkably close in many instances. I don’t have a feel for this game at all, although the growth of our defense is very difficult for odds makers to gauge. They seem to be improving each game.

    I’m basing this on the the lack of big plays (blown assignment) and how quickly steelers defenders are tackling (or attempting) pass catchers. Not much was mentioned about it, but Harrison’s first half strip sack was a direct result of receivers not being open (defensive backfield) and Moore simply held onto the ball too long.

    Many assess safety and corner play by interceptions and deflections. I try to take into account the number of passes that are seemingly taken away by qb hitches and hesitations. More times than not, the coverage was so superior,the quarterback opted to not even pass.

  • Sam Clonch

    Anyone know what hotel Steelers stay at in KC? Trying to get some autographs…

  • If we play the next three games the same way we did against the Miami Mermaids, we WILL win the super bowl.

  • VaDave

    Must be “The Boot”…. . Now that I think about, they probably got a good look at our Special Teams coverage units… yikes! Seriously, just the book makers making money, that’s all

  • Grant Humphrey

    Ben’s gonna be fine and as long as we have the Killer B’s we always have a chance

  • Scott N.

    Man, if only Martavis Bryant was playing…four killer B’s.

  • Dan

    I think so too. I’d expect a -2 or -1.5 by end of the week, depending how the injury and other news unfolds. I never bet on Steeler games, but even if I did I wouldn’t bet on this one. Could go in a lot of directions. Hoping for the best.

  • Big White

    Vegas usually gives 3 points for home field advantage.

  • Bradys_Dad

    Silly question, does anyone know if we’ll wearing our blacks or whites Sunday? We always look a bit more intimidating, IMHO, when we wear black.

  • Joseph DeFazio

    Special teams will be worth at least 7 for KC I fear, possibly more.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    Smith better have his special ed teams ready for KC.

  • Jason Vancil

    That was also the last Chiefs home playoff win. They are 0-4 since.

  • Jason Vancil

    Chiefs wear red at home, so Steelers will be in road whites.

  • Rocksolid20

    Ya , if we can just get KC to trade Moore to NE , we will have it made .

  • Rocksolid20

    Whites on Sunday . Home team gets their choice and the Chiefs
    generally go with Red

  • Rocksolid20

    And a guy named Joe Montana was their QB that day .

  • Jason Vancil

    And Marcus Allen was the RB.