Pittsburgh Steelers at Kansas City Chiefs
Sunday, Jan. 15, 1:05 p.m. (ET) CBS
NFL Pointspread: Kansas City -1
Total Line: 44.5
The Pittsburgh Steelers will be looking to extend their current straight-up winning streak to nine games this Sunday following last Sunday’s 30-12 victory against Miami in the Wild Card Round as heavy 11.5-point home favorites. The total line at BetAnySports stayed UNDER 47 in that game after going OVER in three of Pittsburgh’s previous four contests. The Steelers have gone a profitable 6-1-1 against the spread during this run and they are 5-3 ATS in eight previous road games this season.
Ben Roethlisberger tweaked his foot in last week’s win to aggravate an old injury, but he remains listed as probable for Sunday’s game. Big Ben throwing the ball to Antonio Brown and handing it off to Le’Veon Bell is an offensive combination that has the ability to carry Pittsburgh all the way to the Super Bowl if these “Killer B’s “ keep playing at such a high level. In last week’s win against the Dolphins, Roethlisberger hooked up with Bryant five times for 124 yards and two touchdowns while Bell added 167 yards and two more scores on the ground.
Kansas City closed out its regular season with five victories in its last six games both SU and ATS en route to the AFC West Division title and a first round bye. The Chiefs were 12-4 SU with a 9-7 record ATS, but they did fail to cover in five of their eight regular-season home games. The total has now gone OVER in four of their last six games following a 37-27 win against San Diego in Week 17 as 5.5-point road favorites with BetAnySports.
While the combination of Alex Smith throwing the ball to tight end Travis Kelce with Spencer Ware anchoring the ground game has not produced the same gaudy stats as Kansas City’s opponent in this game, this has been a very effective trio of playmakers all season long. What the Chiefs really need is another strong performance from a defense that was ranked seventh in the NFL in points allowed (19.4), since it is doubtful they could keep pace if this game turns into a shootout.