[8:33 PM] Chiefs @ Steelers

Who will WIN this matchup?

Kansas City Chiefs (2-1)

@ Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1)


Current odds:

Kansas City Chiefs: (+155)

Pittsburgh Steelers: (-175)


ESPN simulations have Kansas City as XX% favorites to win the game.

XX% of sports bets are currently on Pittsburgh to win as (XX) favorites.

The line for this game is Steelers by 5 points.

Coming off one of their worst losses in recent memory, the Pittsburgh Steelers hope the return of running back Le’Veon Bell will be enough to get back on track when they host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night. Pittsburgh looked every bit the Super Bowl contender it was expected to be in a pair of impressive wins to open the season before getting steamrolled by rookie Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles 34-3.

Cornerback Marcus Peters leads the league in interceptions with four after picking off two passes for the second straight week, but his status is in question after he missed practice Wednesday and Thursday while dealing with the flu. Fellow starting cornerback Phillip Gaines also sat out practice Thursday due to a sore knee while running back Jamaal Charles, who has yet to see the field while recovering from a torn ACL in his knee sustained last season, was listed as a limited participant. Spencer Ware has filled in capably as the lead back, averaging 4.9 yards per carry, while quarterback Alex Smith is completing 66.9 percent of his passes. Kansas City’s defense is permitting an average of 16.3 points.

With Williams rushing for 237 yards over the first two games, there was the notion that Bell would be worked into a rotation in the backfield, but Tomlin doused that idea. “We’ll see how sharp he is physically once we get him out on the practice field and kind of go from there but rest assured, you’re going to see Le’Veon Bell and probably a lot of him on Sunday,” Tomlin said. Ben Roethlisberger threw a season-high six touchdown passes through the first two weeks but was held without one in last week’s loss, although he did connect with Antonio Brown on 12 catches for 140 yards. Pittsburgh has registered one sack, its lowest total through three games since it became an official stat in 1982.

Smith is 12-1 in his last 13 starts.

Roethlisberger has at least three touchdown passes in his last four home games.

Peters is bidding to become the third player since 1970 to record multiple picks in three straight games

StreakSmarts Pick: Pittsburgh Steelers

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick