Week 12, and the Steelers are back after a bye week looking at a Sunday night matchup in Arrowhead against the Chiefs. KC is down a man, and it’s a pretty big one, as QB Matt Cassel is done for the year. The team inked free agent QB Kyle Orton this week, but reports say that it will still be Tyler Palko under center when the Steelers come to town.
They are a double digit road favorite, and while some say Sunday has all the makings of a trap game, the Steelers know that a week off should heal up some players and help them get back to business. With that, here’s our preview and keys to find out if they can get to 8-3 Sunday night.
1. Big Ben’s Digit – Though the Steelers don’t seem to be too concerned with their quarterback’s injury, it remains to be seen if a team that’s now built on throwing the football will be as proficient in that area because of it. Pittsburgh doesn’t need to be real explosive to handle the punchless Chiefs, but any struggles on offense would work to Kansas City’s benefit if it can keep the usually-lively Arrowhead crowd fired up by keeping the score close deep into the contest.
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