The Pittsburgh Steelers, playing without first string franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and back-up star Michael Vick, a former franchise quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, stand in second place in the North Division of the American Football Conference (AFC).
The underperforming and disappointing Kansas City Chiefs, a member of the West Division of the same American Football Conference reside in the basement, a far cry from what was expected of them.
The Steelers have surprised the “football world” by winning four of their first six games even though they have been forced to play with back-up quarterbacks. The Kansas City Chiefs, led by Head Coach Andy Reid, made it to the postseason last year and were expected to do the same in the current 2015-2016 Season. But this squad has managed to win just one of the six games it has played.
The surprising Steelers will be visiting the depressed and deflated Kansas City Chiefs for a Sunday afternoon game in which the visitors are favored to emerge victorious.
Coach Reid has always been thought of as “a winner,” someone who takes charge of a football program and leads it to success. He did just that in his first couple of seasons with Kansas City. But, in 2015, just about everything has gone wrong. The Chiefs have trouble scoring on offense and difficulty keeping their opponent from scoring when defending.
That is, by every measure, not a formula for success. So it is no surprise that the Chiefs are, after six games, out of the playoff picture. That said, this team and its players have lots of professional pride. As a result, it’s a safe bet to assume that the Kansas City Chiefs will be “playing all out” this Sunday and in the weeks that follow.
Respectability and a decent Won-Loss record are still objectives that can be met. And Reid’s job along with the jobs of his coaches and many of his players are likely on the line. At the same time, the Pittsburgh Steelers, now playing behind a third-string quarterback, continue to defy the odds and win games most people expect them to lose.
The “worm may turn” this weekend as the squad from Pennsylvania will have to perform “on the road” in one of the league’s most hostile environments for visiting teams. When the game begins, the visitors can expect to be confronted by a squad that is angry, motivated and hungry for a win.
It figures to be a competitive and highly entertaining contest even though the home team is currently a cellar-dweller with just a single win to its credit. Frustration and emotion can trigger professional football players to perform at a higher level.
It may be enough to lead the home team Kansas City Chiefs to an improbable win against a team that appears “on paper” to be superior. That’s because games are played on gridiron and not on paper.
Courtesy of CBS Sports