Kansas City will try to show off Curtis Painter’s doppleganger, Tyler Palko, in a consecutive primetime game. Last time out, it was 3 points for the Chiefs against the Patriots on Monday Night as Palko threw 3 interceptions. The Chiefs acquired Kyle Orton off waivers this week, but he will be inactive for tonight’s game (and presumably in the lineup starting next week). So it is the Palko show again.
Pittsburgh should win this one handily, but it is all about the Steelers. They had turnover issues early, and they got blasted by Baltimore, and almost lost a game to a bad Colts team in primetime despite dominating the yardage battle. I expect it to be the same tonight. If Pittsburgh avoids turnovers, they win easily. If they keep the Chiefs in the game with special teams errors or turnovers, anything can happen. Big Ben will want to avoid Tamba Hali on the rush, and Derrick Johnson lurking in the middle. Keep those two from changing the game, Pittsburgh wins. It’s that simple.
Two years ago, though, Pittsburgh came into Arrowhead as a heavy favorite, and the Chiefs won precisely that type of game. In that one, Pittsburgh outgained KC 516-282, but were -2 in turnovers and gave up a 97 yard kick return to then relative unknown Jamaal Charles to start the game. Kansas City won in overtime 27-24.
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