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Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0-1) 1:00 ET on Sunday, September 16, 2018, Heinz Field

NFL Week 2: Sunday, September 16, 2018

Two teams that made it to the 2017 NFL playoffs will square off in Week 2 of the 2018 season, as the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kansas City is coming off a big 10 point victory over the Los Angeles Chargers, while the Pittsburgh Steelers battled to a tie against the Cleveland Browns. While both teams enter undefeated, this is clearly a contest Pittsburgh needs to win.

Pat Mahomes Throws Four Touchdowns in Chiefs, 38-28 Win

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There were a lot of question marks surrounding the Kansas City Chiefs after they decided to allow quarterback Alex Smith to get away, opting to go with second-tier QB Pat Mahomes. If his first professional start is any indication, it sure looks like the team made the right decision asthma homes threw for 256 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Kansas City Chiefs to a 38-28 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Chiefs took the lead the first time a player from the team touched the ball as Drew Kaser returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown giving Kansas City a 7-0. Leading 7-3, Mahomes would connect on his first touchdown of the season, a 58-yard strike to Tyreek Hill giving the Chiefs and 11 point lead.

The Chargers would pull within two but, after a Harrison Butker46 yard field-goal extended lead to five, Mahomes found De’Anthony Thomas for a 1-yard touchdown and then connected with Anthony Sherman for a 36-yard score to make it 31-12. The Kansas City quarterback’s fourth touchdown of the game went to Hill, a 1-yard strike as the Chiefs finished off the 10 point victory.

Pat Mahomes finished 15 of 27 for 256 yards passing and four touchdowns. Tyreek Hill had seven catches for hundred 69 yards and two scores.

Steelers Tie Browns Despite Roethlisberger’s Three Picks, 21-21

The Cleveland Browns winless streak may have reached 17 straight, but a tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers is a pretty good way to break a losing streak as the two teams played to a 21-21 final. The Steelers held a 21-7 lead in this game at one point, only to see quarterback Tyrod Taylor lead Cleveland back to tie the score with a little under two minutes left in the game.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Pittsburgh Steelers would jump out in front when James Conner rushed outside for a four-yard score to give Pittsburgh a seven-point lead. Cleveland would tie the score on their first possession of the second half, but a 22-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown put the Steelers back on top. Connor would then score on a 22-yard scamper that put Pittsburgh up by 14 points.

However, Cleveland was undeterred, putting together two huge drives in the fourth quarter to tie the score. Carlos Hyde scored the first touchdown, a one-yard run and, with 1:58 left in the game, Taylor found Josh Gordon for a 17-yard touchdown to tie the score at 21.

Roethlisberger threw for 335 yards and a touchdown but also had three interceptions. Conner rushed for hundred and 35 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries and  Smith-Schuster made five catches for 119 yards. T.J. Watt, brother of Houston Texans standout defensive lineman J.J.,  had a huge game, posting four of the seven sacks for Pittsburgh and leading the team with 11 tackles.

Trends:

Kansas City:

  • 5-0 ATS in their last five September games.
  • 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall.
  • 11-4 ATS in their last 15 road games.
  • 5-1 ATS in their last six games against AFC teams.

Pittsburgh:

  • 1-4 ATS in their last five September games.
  • 1-6 ATS in their last seven games against AFC teams.
  • 0-5 ATS in their last five games at home.

The Winner Prediction

Pittsburgh is favored by 5.5 in this game and that is a pretty good bet. They should create a lot of confusion for the second your quarterback from Kansas City, and that’s going to be a big difference maker in this contest.

The Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers (-5.5) (-110)

The Total

This could potentially be a very sloppy game, and that is what we expect here. Mahomes may have looked good against the Chargers, but he hasn’t seen anything like the Pittsburgh Steelers. Plus, Roethlisberger was not very impressive last week.

The Pick: Under 52.5 (-110)

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