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Can the Chiefs Keep Their Record Clean as Faves Against the Steelers?

Alex Smith and the Chiefs are perfect through five weeks – both in the standings and for bettors – and some have crowned them kings of the NFL. Their throne will be challenged in Week 6, though, when they face a Steelers team that’s desperately trying to prove it’s still a Super Bowl contender.

  • The Chiefs are 9-1 SU in their last 10 games in the late afternoon.
  • The Steelers are 0-5 SU and 0-3-2 ATS in their last 5 road games as underdogs of 5 points or more.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the Chiefs’ last 8 games against the AFC North.

Kansas City opened as a 3.5-point favorite after an impressive win over the Texans on Sunday night and that line has been moving more heavily in the direction of the Chiefs ever since. Now at +650 in NFL futures, the Chiefs look like they’re for real and they can affirm their status as one of the best in the league with a win against a team they’ve gone just 1-5 against in their last six matchups.

Coming off a five-interception day against the Jaguars, Ben Roethlisberger had another week mired in rhetoric and retirement speculation. He might have been a little off all day on Sunday but it was confusing why he was asked to throw the ball 55 times vs one of the best aerial defenses in the NFL. He’ll have a good chance to rebound against the Chiefs, though, as they’ve been allowing 248 passing yards per game in 2017.

This is shaping up to be an awesome football game but don’t get too excited. The Chiefs’ last seven games at Arrowhead Stadium against teams in the NFC North have averaged just 30 total points and Pittsburgh’s defense has been really good this year, allowing just 276.2 total yards of offense per game.

It’s likely going to take some clever play-calling from Andy Reid to beat the Steel Curtain through the air but I’d expect a heavy dosage of Kareem Hunt in the contest, with the rookie averaging 6.3 yards per carry on 97 attempts and with Pittsburgh allowing 181 yards to fellow rookie Leonard Fournette last week.

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Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the opening betting line for this matchup, the Kansas City Chiefs sat as 3.5-point favorites at shops such as BetOnline. The total has been pegged by the oddsmakers at GTbets.eu at 47.

A 29-16 result in favor of the Chiefs was the prediction by the OddsShark handicapping pick engine earlier this week. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NFL matchups here.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Kansas City Chiefs Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Kansas City Chiefs are 5-0 so far on the season, and 5-0 vs the point spread. The Pittsburgh Steelers, meanwhile, are 3-2 and 2-3 ATS. Those OVER/UNDER betting have seen Kansas City go 4-1 and Pittsburgh go 0-5 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Kansas City vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 1-rated Kansas City Chiefs and the No. 9-ranked Pittsburgh Steelers, according to the NFL Power Rankings here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Kansas City's No. 1-ranked offense, averaging 32.8 PPG, against a Steelers defense that ranks No. 6 this week at 17.8 PPG. The Chiefs aerial game is averaging 258 yards per game, more than the Steelers secondary allows through the air, 139.6 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Steelers own the league's No. 20-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 119.67 yards per game when on the road. Kansas City, on the other hand, rates No. 10 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In Pittsburgh's last outing, Ben Roethlisberger threw for 312 yards in a losing cause against the Jaguars, 30-9 at Heinz Field.

In their last game, the Chiefs got 3 passing scores out of Alex Smith en route to a 42-34 win over the Texans on Sunday at NRG Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 12-3 SU in its last 15 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Kansas City is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Kansas City is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas City's last 5 games
  • Kansas City is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh home to Cincinnati, Sunday, October 22
Kansas City at Oakland, Thursday, October 19