Chiefs-Steelers playoff predictions by national NFL experts
Recent history suggests the Steelers don’t have much luck in the AFC Wild Card Game in Kansas City, as the Chiefs crushed Pittsburgh 36-10 just three weeks ago.
And bettors have the Chiefs as favorites by nearly two touchdowns on Sunday.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is aware of all of this and said this week: “We don’t stand a chance, so let’s go, play and have fun.
Do NFL pundits agree with Big Ben on the Steelers’ chances? Here’s what 65 domestic pundits are saying about the game, which kicks off at 7:15 p.m. and airs on KSHB (Ch. 41).
The Chiefs will win, says Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk. He predicted a 33-14 scoreline and wrote: “This will be Ben Roethlisberger’s last game, and I think it will be ugly for the Steelers, who just don’t have the personnel to keep up with the Chiefs.” But Mike Florio secured a 27-24 Steelers win. He wrote: “(With) the coaching of Mike Tomlin and Ben Roethlisberger entering its final playoff run – and the Steelers embracing a natural, authentic vibe of nothing to lose, they can do the unthinkable if they can. delivering an early uppercut to a player-favorite flatfoot who, no matter what they hear from the coaching staff, will approach this one as the easy victory it should be.
Chefs will cover the line, says Emmanuel Morgan of The New York Times. This is from his story: “Of course, Kansas City was disappointed in its season-ending win over the Broncos, but nothing in Pittsburgh’s recent performance suggests the Steelers are more than a bump in the game. road.”
A 35-16 Chiefs victory is the prediction of Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com. Here’s an excerpt from the story: “Face a proud opponent twice in such a short time can be tricky, but the Chiefs’ offense was at its best in the last month of the season. The Steelers defense, which just gave up 249 yards to Latavius Murray, Tyler Huntley and Co., is just begging to be chased. Pittsburgh’s best chance is to throw hopeful balls down the sideline against cover from the Kansas City man, who recently leaked. This is a high variance strategy that could lead to anxious moments in Arrowhead or reversals in a blowout. I’m leaning towards the latter.
A 35-20 Chiefs victory is the prediction of Bill Bender of Sporting News. He wrote: “The Steelers have rallied in the playoffs and they will play with nothing to lose behind Ben Roethlisberger, who is 13-9 in the playoffs. Patrick Mahomes II, however, is at home, and it’s the same Chiefs team that beat the Steelers 36-10 in Week 16. It’s closer this time around, but the Chiefs are moving on.
A 36-20 Chiefs victory is the prediction of Chris Mueller of Yardbarker. Here’s an excerpt from his story: “These teams met three weeks ago, and the Chiefs humiliated the Steelers 36-10, in a game that wasn’t even that close. Also, Kansas City did all of this without the services of Travis Kelce, who was on the reserve/COVID roster. So what can the Steelers do differently this time around? Not turning the ball over, for one thing. Pittsburgh gave it away three times in the first meeting, which further aggravated their already anemic offense. They should also be able to rush the passer much more effectively; TJ Watt was trying to play with broken ribs the first time around and should be much closer to 100% for this game.
Former Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, speaking on “Inside the NFL” on Paramount+, gives the Chiefs the green light. “Kansas City, they’re going to cover,” Edelman said. “They have offense galore. The Steelers offense struggled so hard to get the ball around last week against a decimated Ravens team. I have to go with (Kansas City).
A 33-16 Chiefs victory is the call from Ben Rolfe of Pro Football Network. This is from his story: “We saw this game in week 16 and it wasn’t pretty. Only losing by 26 points in that game flattered the Steelers somewhat, and it should be again. The Chiefs aren’t perfect right now, but it’s an odd game to have picked as their Sunday Night Football offering.
The eight writers for CBS Sports predicted a Chiefs victory: Pete Prisco, Jason LaCanfora, Will Brinson, Jared Dubin, Ryan Wilson, John Breech, Dave Richard and Jamey Eisenberg. Prisco sees the Chiefs win 28-23. Here’s an excerpt: “The Steelers are healthier now and have a coach in Mike Tomlin who knows how to win in the playoffs. The Chiefs have had defensive issues over the past two weeks, which could be a problem. The Steelers can’t stop the run, but the Chiefs don’t run it much, and if they do, it takes away the strength of their team. That’s why I think this one will be close.
Each of the eight Sportswriters think the Chiefs will win: Nick Kosmider, Tashan Reed, Michael-Shawn Dugar, Mark Kaboly, Ben Standig, Jay Morrison, Chris Burke and Katherine Terrell. It’s part of the Athletic story by Nando Di Fino: “I love the Steelers. Many. Diontae Johnson is special, Najee Harris is a stallion, TJ Watt is a star. But the Chiefs are a team on a mission, and I think there’s a lot of unfinished business since last year. »
All 11 Experts at ESPN, the Chiefs will win: Mike Clay, Jeremy Fowler, Dan Graziano, Rob Ninkovich, Laura Rutledge, Seth Wickersham, Damien Woody, Emmanuel Acho, Matt Bowen, Domonique Foxworth and Kevin Seifert.
The Seven Writers at USA Today, the Chiefs will win: Jarrett Bell (34-20 final score), Nate Davis (27-16), Jori Epstein (28-20), Mike Freeman (24-14), Mike Jones (33-18) , Mike Middlehurst-Schwartz (30-14) and Lorenzo Reyes (26-18).
Each of the 10 members from the Dallas Morning-News see the Chiefs win: Tim Cowlishaw, Michael Gehlken, Dana Larson, Damon Marx, Jean-Jacques Taylor, Newy Scruggs, Kevin Sherrington, Craig Miller, Calvin Watkins and David Moore.
The seven staff writers at Sports Illustrated chose the chefs: Albert Breer, Gary Grammling, Jenny Vrenta, Andrew Brandt, Conor Orr, Greg Bishop and Mitch Goldich.
A victory for the leaders is the call of two Sky Sports journalists: Neil Reynolds and Jeff Reibold.
A victory for the Chiefs is the prediction of the four editors of Athlon Sports: Bryan Fischer, Ben Weinrib, Aaron Wilson and Rob Doster.