K.C. at Pittsburgh
Time: NOON (CT)
Spread: PITT -5
Odds c/o 5dimes
If there was such a thing as suffering a loss without taking one in the column, it was certainly what the Pittsburgh Steelers endured in an embarrassing 21-21 tie with the hapless Cleveland Browns in Week 1. Pittsburgh will head back home this week to host the Kansas City Chiefs as 5-point favorites in a Noon (CT) game on CBS. The over/under is set at 53.5 points according to NFL oddsmakers at bookmaker 5dimes.
Pittsburgh had a rough going against the NFL’s worst team in Week 1. Ben Roethlisberger threw 23 of 41, but he had just one TD while launching three interceptions and suffering four sacks for a total loss of 22 yards. James Conner had a huge game rushing the football, but he certainly put in his reps. Conner attempted 31 rushes for his 135 yards and two TDs, while getting little to no rushing help form his teammates (24 yards, with 16 coming from Big Ben).
Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster had a huge game catching the football, with five receptions for 119 yards and a long-catch of 67-yards. Antonio Brown scored the lone receiving TD, while Conner added two from the backfield. It was just enough—to tie, perhaps the most disappointing version thereof considering the Browns did not win a game all of last season. Pittsburgh will hope for better things as it hosts Kansas City this week.
Kansas City won its week 1 matchup 38-28 over the Los Angeles Chargers. Rookie quarterback Pat Mahomes certainly impressed, throwing 15 of 27 for 256 yards with four TD passes while incurring just one sack (no yards lost). Mahomes also rushed five times for 21 yards, which accounted for one-fifth of the rushing attack as Kareem Hunt tallied 49 yards on 16 carries and Spencer Ware added another 32 yards on his trio of attempts.
Wide receiver Tyreek Hill was Mahomes No. 1 target, hauling in seven receptions for a total gain of 169 yards and two touchdowns. Sammy Watkins caught three passes, and Anthony Sherman added a 36-yard TD catch. The Chiefs also held the Chargers to 123 rushing yards and 418 passing, getting out-driven in this one, but ultimately winning due to its superior execution and fewer turnovers. Week 2 will see the Chiefs try to bear down tougher on the defensive end in hopes to stop an angry Steelers unit still probably a little miffed it tied a game to the lowly Browns.