|Time For A Little KC BBQ...|
|Written by Cotter|
|November 27, 2011 17:25|
Well, hello there, everyone (all three of you).
It's nice to see you all again.
I trust you all enjoyed your respective holidays to the fullest.
But put all that competitive eating and in-law wrangling behind you, because as of today, Steelers football is officially back in gameday action.
Now, about these Chiefs...
The Chiefs have been outscored in losses by an average margin of just under 25 points.
Their usual starting QB, Matt Cassel, was recently placed on IR.
Their would-be starting RB, Jamaal Charles, has been on IR since September.
They're 4-6, and have only scored more than three points in one of their last three games (when they hung a whopping 10 on Denver), all losses.
But this is professional football, not lingerie football.
Teams in the NFL don't just lay down and take it just because the chips are down.
What better way to get their fans re-enthused with all the shit going on in KC this season than to beat the Steelers at home on Sunday night, just days after getting spanked by Bill Belichick on Monday night?
So, once again, it's the Steelers' jobs to make sure that doesn't happen.
It's the Steelers' jobs to make sure the story is yet another L for a team that could be headed for the first pick next April.
As for the Steelers, not to belabor the point since I know it's already after 6PM on gameday, in case you've been living under a rock (like I basically have the last couple of weeks for a variety of reasons) - it bears mentioning that...
1) Hines Ward is no longer starting,
2) Nor is Chris Kemoeatu (which shouldn't come as much of a surprise if you were watching the Bengals game),
3) No idea if LaMarr Woodley is playing tonight or not (update: as of 6:50 PM, apparently he's not), and
4) Big Ben is nursing a broken thumb on his right hand
Luckily, unlike some other QBs in the league, who have sat games for the same or less (looking at you, Jay Cutler and Tony Romo), Big Ben will not be fazed.
But it certainly won't be ideal for our franchise QB to have to grip/hand off/throw a football with one of the most crucial parts of his hand broken.
And despite the success the Steelers ultimately found against Cincinnati, let's not forget that it wasn't easy, nor is any game in the NFL.
Chiefs, Ravens, Jets, 49ers, who cares.
All I want to see when the dust settles tonight is this...
Now, being that it IS not long 'til kickoff, I'm going to nip it in the bud right there and quickly shuttle you all to the meat of this gameday feast (literally and figuratively, see below).
Here we go!
Sorry, Pitt fans.
I wish I could say that I want Tyler Palko's 2nd NFL start to be successful.
But I don't.
I actually hope he gets rocked like a Van Halen concert.
Two weeks without football.
These guys must be famished.
Yep, no idea.
Thomas Jones - 3.2 yards per attempt this year.
Do you think these guys are gonna run the ball on the Steelers defense?
And that was with Matt Cassel at QB for the first nine games.
Steve Breaston and Dwayne Bowe could be Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin, and it wouldn't matter.
Not if these two have anything to say about it (update - yeah, nevermind about the one in the back, but carry on).
Also, Jerheme Urban, Terrance Copper, and other Pitt alum Jon Baldwin.
Listen, I'm not objectifying women, I'm celebrating them.
Pretty sure I made light of this the last time I wrote a Chiefs preview, but along with the Chicago Blackhawks, Cleveland Indians, and Washington Redskins, I'm thinking "Chiefs" might be one of the most offensive team names in all of sports.
Besides the Ravens, obviously.
Oh yeah, 25 sacks allowed in 10 games this season = 2.5 per game.
Bookended by the Chiefs' two first round monsters from 2009 and 2008 respectively, Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey (assuming he plays...didn't on Monday night), with Kelly Gregg holding up the middle, the Chiefs D-line theoretically appears to be relatively solid.
However, their 28th ranked run defense begs to differ.
Will tonight be a banner game for Rush-hard Mending-all?
Nothing could be better.
The Chiefs have 12 sacks total on the season (sidenote: Steelers have 23), and 7 of them belong to Tamba Hali.
Sounds like Jovan Houston (0 sacks) better sort it out on the other side.
I'm cool either way.
Outside of that, Derrick Johnson leads the Chiefs in tackles with 62 (to put that into some perspective, Ryan Clark leads the Steelers with only 42), and Justin Belcher, well, dude might as well be Justin Bieber for all I care.
Here we go, Mendy, here we go.
Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr provide some first name symmetry at the Corners, as well as four and two picks respectively.
And Jon McGraw and Kendrick Lewis control the Safety positions, having two and three picks respectively.
Man, how awesome would it be if our starting defensive backs had 11 interceptions?
Then again, we also didn't get to play Kyle Boller and Carson Palmer this year.
Be careful out there tonight, Benjamin.
Western PA bred or not, Todd Haley is the brother John and Jim Harbaugh never knew they had.
Now, let's cut to the finish.
1. Will the Steelers get a turnover today?
2. Charlestown Chiefs > Kansas City Chiefs
No further explanation needed.
3. Let us not remember the last time we played the Chiefs...
Unfortunately, some of us may never forget.
4. Space left intentionally blank due to time constraints...
5. I have no excuse for this preview's tardiness...
I can only hope that somehow you all find it in your hearts to forgive me.
With the Ravens winning on turkey day, there is no room for error tonight.
Winning is the only answer.
Just under two hours 'til kickoff.
Lights out, heads down, press play...
Game on, ladies and gentlemen.
Here we go.
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