5 things we learned from Steelers impressive victory over Chiefs

Ebony Scott
October 16, 2017

Le'Veon Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers spent Sunday beating up on the Kansas City Chiefs.

Kansas City rookie running back Kareem Hunt picked up just 21 yards on nine carries. Last year, the Steelers did not have Le'Veon Bell for most of the game, and this year, he dominated.

With the game still very much in doubt, Antonio Brown found a way to put his stamp on the outcome.

Make it three straight for Mike Tomlin's team against Andy Reid in the Keystone State battle.

Their defensive dominance was even more impressive considering the circumstances: The Steelers allowed more than 200 yards rushing twice in the past three weeks, while Kansas City was averaging 32.8 points and 414.2 yards - and had just piled up 450 in a shootout victory over Houston.

But the coaching staff put him in the game when the Chiefs got the ball back with 1:42 to play and 56 yards to go to take the lead.

Smith and the Chiefs offense struggled throughout the afternoon, however.

Facing second and 10 at the Chiefs' 43, Smith -- who finished 19 of 34 for 246 yards -- drifted away from pressure and fired a missile downfield to De'Anthony Thomas.

This was the offense that was first offensive DVOA per football outsiders - first passing, first rushing, plus the No. 1 scoring offense in football. The team mustered just 54 yards of offense until the last play of the third quarter.

Alex Smith lived through last year's playoff loss to Pittsburgh, then relived it countless times on video, trying in vain to learn how the Chiefs lost to a team that didn't even score a touchdown.

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He made up for that by earning 89 yards receiving, his second-best receiving game of the season. In games Bell has 23 or more carries, the Steelers are 17-0.

After seeing the replay on the big screen, fans at Arrowhead Stadium signaled they wanted Reid to challenge the call.

The game in many ways resembled January's playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium, when Bell churned for 170 yards rushing and the Steelers' defense shut down the Chiefs in an 18-16 victory. He turned two-yard losses into four-yard gains, and four-yard gains into 20.

"That's why I jumped on it", the Steelers safety said. The Chiefs' defense eventually forced a punt, but Pittsburgh accomplished its goal by draining 5 minutes off the clock and getting out of the shadow of its own end zone.

When the offense scores points every time it has the ball, who cares if the other team is consistently running the ball successfully? The pass went through the hands of Chiefs cornerback Phillip Gaines, deflected off his face mask and right into the waiting hands of Brown, who sprinted to the end zone for a 51-yard touchdown that put the Steelers ahead 19-10 with a little over 3 minutes left.

The Chiefs are this season's only remaining unbeaten team in the National Football League and the energy at Arrowhead Stadium will be electric. And with Eric Berry out, a versatile defender in all phases, there's not much hope it will get much better.

Defense: The Steelers have the No. 7-ranked defense in the NFL. Stacking stats against DeShone Kizer, Joe Flacco and Blake Bortles was hardly going to impress anyone, right?

It was an appropriate ending for a game in which the league's best team, and statistically the best offense, disappeared. They were fourth in passer rating against.

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If the Chiefs settle for a field goal earlier, they likely needed only a field goal to force the game into overtime, drastically changing the team's focus on the last drive.

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