Kansas City Chiefs Vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: A Q&A With The Other Side

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Aug 24, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a 12-yard touchdown pass under pressure from Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston (50) during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Days like this end one of two ways: pure euphoria or apology texts.

If the Kansas City Chiefs upset the Pittsburg Steelers, the wick on locals’ patience gets snuffed. The sun shines a little brighter (into the overcast, because Midwest). Your couch feels like a cloud. Everyone on the Plaza looks like they’re about to join hands and sing one of those Coke commercial songs. Life is a dream.

If the Chiefs lose? You’re 31 percent more likely to bash an in-law. (Life as a Sports Fan: Chapter 1.)

The 2014 Steelers aren’t reflections of the past. Their defense ranks 26th in yards per carry and 29th in yards per pass. Their offense—spearheaded by Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and backfield bull Le’Veon Bell—doubles as the most balanced group in the league (arguably).

Playoff aspirations hang in the balance for both teams—neither side has a cakewalk awaiting them.

With kickoff hours away, Nice Pick Cowher’s Kim Myers offered some insight about Kansas City’s Week 16 opposition.