The Pittsburgh Steelers can use all the breaks they can get in their bid to reach the NFL playoffs and they might get one Sunday when they visit the Kansas City Chiefs at 4:25 p.m. Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The Steelers betting lines reflect their underdog status and some value is on the board, especially with the Barstool Sportsbook promos.
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The Chiefs have had a coronavirus outbreak that includes 13 players on the active roster and three on the practice squad. Among those who are on the COVID-19/reserve list are such stars as wide receiver Tyreek Hill, tight end Travis Kelce and defensive tackle Chris Jones.
Perhaps facing a depleted roster will help the Steelers (7-6-1) win for the third time in their last four games. They need as much help as possible against the Chiefs (10-4), who have ridden a seven-game winning streak to the best record in the AFC.
The Steelers are in third place in the AFC North, a half-game behind the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals, who are both 8-6 with three games remaining.
The Chiefs and Steelers haven’t played since 2018 when the Kansas City held on for a 42-37 victory at Heinz Field. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw six touchdown passes and had 326 yards passing while the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger finished with 452 yards through the air and three TDs.
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Here are the lines for Steelers-Chiefs at Barstool Sportsbook:
Spread: Steelers +8.5 (-110), Chiefs -8.5 (-110)
Moneyline: Steelers +295, Chiefs -400
Over/Under: 45 O (-108), U (-113)
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While the Chiefs have one of the best teams in the NFL, losing Hill and Kelce would impact their potent passing attack, which ranks second in the league.
Hill leads the team with 102 receptions, 1,178 receiving yards and nine touchdown catches. Kelce has 83 catches for 1,066 yards and seven TDs. No other Chiefs player has more receptions than Mecole Hardman’s 47.
The Chiefs are just 24th among the 32 NFL teams in yards allowed. Yet Jones’ absence would hurt as he is one of Kansas City’s top defensive players.
Without Jones, more would be expected of defensive end Melvin Ingram III, who the Steelers traded to the Chiefs earlier this season. Ingram has 10 tackles and one sack in six games for Kansas City, identical statistics he compiled in the same number of games with the Steelers.
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The Steelers have also had COVID issues this week, the most notable player placed into the protocols being inside linebacker Devin Bush. He has been joined by offensive tackle Zach Banner and linebacker Marcus Allen.
Bush has struggled this season while returning from knee surgery. However, he has played better recently.
The Steelers hope outside linebacker T.J. Watt, who has played through various injuries this season, can stay healthy Sunday. They will need the NFL sack leader – Watt has a franchise-record 17 ½ — to put pressure on the always-dangerous Mahomes.
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Chiefs -8.5 (-110) Barstool Sportsbook
The Chiefs have COVID issues, and it remains to be seen exactly who they will have in uniform Sunday. However, whenever Mahomes suits up, Kansas City is capable of scoring against anybody – even if Hill and Kelce can’t play.
Under 45.0 (-113) Barstool Sportsbook
While the Chiefs should score regardless of who Mahomes is surrounded by, it stands to reason their offensive production would be curtailed a little bit if they don’t have Hill and Kelce. The Steelers, though, have a hard time generating offense anytime as evidenced by totaling just 168 yards on last week’s 19-13 win over the Tennessee Titans.
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It’s remarkable that the Steelers have a winning record 15 games into the season with all their issues. However, they are running into the NFL’s hottest team in the Chiefs, who should win this game handily regardless of what the coronavirus has done to their roster.
Chiefs 28, Steelers 13
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