National Football League pushes back Steelers-Chiefs to Sunday night, cites forecast

Sunday's AFC Divisional round game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs was original scheduled to kickoff a little after 1 p.m. If you aren't sure which way to lean in this 2017 NFL Playoff battle, don't worry, he has you covered with not only a pick against the spread, but also on the over/under. It's the offense and defense working in unison to achieve victory, and it's something the Steelers have done exceptionally well since the middle of November, when their eight-game winning streak started.

They're just glad to still be playing. "We learned a lot from that game and we were able to take the next step".

So at the end of the day, this is just one of those "Interesting tidbits" that I like to throw out before big games. "To be back in this situation again, with everybody healthy, to do this all over again, it's going to be an exciting football game".

When it comes to the Steelers, most of the attention generally is devoted to their brilliant offensive triumvirate of Roethlisberger, tailback Le'Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown. Those penalties were a factor in their 27-21 loss. With Chiefs veteran linebacker Derrick Johnson out for the game, a slippery field may be the flawless opportunity for Pittsburgh to get the rushing game going early and use it to open up the rest of the offense.

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Standing in their way however, is the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"We know they have the advantages, they have a great home crowd so it's going to be a tough test but we have got the men who can handle it. It's a new week, a new game". The NFL and NFL Players Association have said they are looking into whether the sport's concussion protocols were followed properly. We didn't even think we beat (the Dolphins) because they beat us earlier. The team was also 9-3 vs. AFC opponents this year, as well as 5-3 on the road.

Moving the game to the night affects schedules for the fans, the teams and NBC, which is broadcasting the game.

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For the Steelers, in preparation for their wild-card game against the Dolphins last week, it worked to remind them how they were handled at Miami during the regular season. Much like their defense, the Chiefs offense, ranked 20th, overall, isn't much to write home about.

Kansas City running back Spencer Ware, meanwhile, has been fairly consistent all season long. Quarterback Alex Smith has thrown interceptions in his last three games, but needs to be turnover free in this one.

Coach Mike Tomlin held Roethlisberger out of practice on Wednesday, a courtesy he regularly gives Roethlisberger as a season wears on. It's catastrophic to your cause when it's (two good teams playing). It's definitely going to be an issue. We'll find out Sunday, but it's worth taking note of. "We have some work to do in that area". "They are a full-complemented defense, the rush and what they have in their secondary". Ben Roethlisberger has never had a problem getting the ball to practice squad guys, and he shouldn't have a problem in weather that he's used to. "They did that (last week)". Not coincidentally, they will represent the Chiefs defense at the Pro Bowl. "They can ring up points really quick".

"Obviously over the course of the season, they've gotten better at what they do".

"No doubt", said Steelers guard Ramon Foster.

"There's no reason to be in a hurry to leave".

Bell is known as the most patient runner in the National Football League, which creates problems for a defense that has a tendency to get exhausted in the fourth quarter. The Steelers knocked off the Chiefs 43-14 in Week 4 (October 2, 2016) and have won four of the past five meetings between the clubs. The Steelers are 15-9 in Divisional playoff games, including winning six of their past eight. It was a record-setting rushing performance in Pittsburgh postseason history.

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