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Sunday Night wrap-up: Steelers make it rain on the Chiefs

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) is sacked by Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Jaye Howard (96) and inside linebacker Derrick Johnson (56) during the first half of an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham) AP

Andy Reid can blame this one on Carson Wentz.

The Chiefs had to have known the Steelers were going to be angry, but it’s hard to imagine how quickly this thing went one direction and stayed pointing that way.

A week after being humiliated by the Eagles 34-3, the Steelers gave it back to the Chiefs, cruising to a 43-14 win. A pair of early turnovers led to a 22-0 deficit after the first quarter, and then the rain started, and then it just got worse for Kansas City.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin emphasized that this week was about redemption, and his offense did its job quickly and efficiently.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was 22-of-27 for 300 yards and five touchdowns, and that picture over there is pretty much the only time the Chiefs stopped him from doing anything.

The return of running back Le’Veon Bell from suspension was important but ultimately anticlimactic, as he had 18 carries for 144 yards, which would have been more noticeable any other night. Because the way the Steelers were throwing it around in the first half, they could have had Frenchy Fuqua in the backfield.

Here are five more things we learned during Sunday Night Football:

1. The Steelers wanting to break out of some bad habits after an ugly loss was fine.

But at a certain point, the prudent play for Tomlin was to get some of his starters off the field.

Roethlisberger still being on the field in the fourth quarter of this one could have become a disaster, on a night when other guys were getting hurt.

Starting right tackle Marcus Gilbert and outside linebacker Jarvis Jones were injured and didn’t return, and the conditions may not have had anything to do with that. But not having backup quarterback Landry Jones out there taking snaps seems an unnecessary risk.

2. The Chiefs have a bye week, which will give Jamaal Charles a chance to come back a little bit healthier when it actually matters.

Charles, in his first game active after last year’s torn ACL, had two carries for 7 yards.

The Chiefs might have wanted to use him a bit more. But once it was clear which direction this game was going, there was no point risking one of their most valuable players on a muddy track, though they had to give him some snaps late when Knile Davis was getting checked by trainers.

3. Speaking of guys they obviously missed, the Chiefs defense clearly can’t wait to get Justin Houston back.

The Chiefs are hoping he can come back in November, which would be a huge boost for them.

While the need for a guy who once had 22.0 sacks in a season is obvious, the Chiefs could use someone other than cornerback Marcus Peters who can make a play. And on a night when Peters and the rest of the defensive backs were getting torched, having someone who can force the issue from the front seven would have helped.

4. It’s hard to put too fine a point on the particulars of any game that starts avalanching the way this one did.

But defensive end Cameron Heyward set a tone early in the game with a sack and batting a pass which led to an interception, and that was a boost of confidence for a side picked apart by a rookie last week.

Heyward has seen plenty of changes to the cast around him, but remains one of the steadiest players on a defense that hasn’t always been steady.

5. The one true shame about the downpour and the lopsided score is that most of the fans didn’t hang around to see former Steelers outside linebacker Kevin Greene receive his Hall of Fame ring at halftime.

Greene had 35.5 of his 160.0 career sacks in three seasons with the Steelers (1993-95). And though he was actually more productive in three seasons in Carolina (41.5 in 1996-97 and 1999), Greene always identified most closely with his stint in Pittsburgh.

That’s where he began to work with longtime coordinator Dom Capers, who presented him at the Hall induction in August. Capers was quick to bring  Greene with him to Carolina when he got a head coaching job, and also helped the sack master get into coaching in Green Bay.

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34 Responses to “Sunday Night wrap-up: Steelers make it rain on the Chiefs”
  1. thetooloftools says: Oct 2, 2016 11:46 PM

    So PFT makes the Kansas City Chiefs our to be strippers? -signed Pacman Jones

  2. mzew233 says: Oct 2, 2016 11:51 PM

    Here come all the stupid analysts saying Steelers are BACK. BEST OFFENSE IN THE LEAGUE.
    Power rankings:
    1. Steelers>
    2. Pats

    ‘Can Steelers challenge Patriots come January?’
    ‘Are the steelers the AFC Favorite?’

    No, No and No. roethelisberger is 2-8 against Tom Brady.
    Analysts love to hype and overhype everything and will hype this game like the SB, with some analysts actually PICKING Pittsburg to beat New England.

    October 23rd Steelers will lose by 17 points. I am going to copy this post and come back in 21 days and tell you about how this was correct Steeler fans.

  3. steelcurtainn says: Oct 2, 2016 11:53 PM

    Let me guess what the trolls will say tomorrow. The refs gave the Steelers the game. Keep the hating coming trolls.

  4. fifel1144 says: Oct 2, 2016 11:53 PM

    Where is crownofthehelmet?

  5. goldenboyoffootball says: Oct 2, 2016 11:59 PM

    AFC games on Sunday Night football should only be Patriots Broncos Steelers Raiders at this moment..this is coming from a NFC fan. Is it Thursday on a Sunday?? Lame, just saying.

  6. Ed says: Oct 3, 2016 12:01 AM

    A blowout, a Sunday night game and a downpour don’t equate to fans sticking around. People do have to work on Monday and who wants to get home at one in the morning when you have to get up for work?

    Goodnight all!

  7. Ed says: Oct 3, 2016 12:02 AM

    And there’s NO reason the Sunday night game can’t start at seven instead of 8:30.

  8. magikskillz says: Oct 3, 2016 12:11 AM

    Not a fan of either team. But I was hopping for a competitive game at least. Turned off the game after the first quarter.

  9. bubbahotepp says: Oct 3, 2016 12:22 AM

    Tomlin’s tendency to unnecessarily put his players at risk at certain times can be maddening. And it’s not like Landry can’t use some practice. I can’t even enjoy these kinds of victories because I’m just sitting there cringing, waiting for that crucial junk time injury. Just one of the reasons I’ve never been completely sold on Tomlin, despite his record.

  10. majormeatcurtains says: Oct 3, 2016 12:41 AM

    Just to clear things up the chiefs were going to take the AFC West and the Cardinals were going to take the NFC right?

  11. goldcoast1554 says: Oct 3, 2016 12:53 AM

    NFL football is declining badly. There maybe 6 or 7 teams that play competitively and the rest are schedule fillers. Thursday night football is awful and Monday night football has become a bore. It’s hard to believe this is ‘professional’ football.

  12. blingslade says: Oct 3, 2016 1:11 AM

    Probably the worst Sunday night NFL game E V E R.

  13. blingslade says: Oct 3, 2016 1:35 AM

    Whatever happened to the red hot Chiefs?

  14. LombardisHouse says: Oct 3, 2016 6:02 AM

    Note to Mike McCarthy. That’s how you keep your foot on the peddle and close out a second half. Nice job Steelers!

  15. diehardfootballfan says: Oct 3, 2016 6:34 AM

    Rothlesberger, Brady, Wilson. The Best . Don’t write off the Steelers all of you haters. Steelers are not back cause they never left.
    Patriots=16-0. Hahaha.

  16. littleseizures says: Oct 3, 2016 7:19 AM

    Nice bounce back win for Pittsburgh. KC is a solid squad. They’ll still be in the mix come December. In regard to the previous post. The job of the is media is to make every team seem unstoppable when they win and they act like the sky is falling after a loss. They do the same thing with the Pats. When they started 3-0 without Brady, they couldn’t have been more complimentary of Belichick. The Pats and Steelers are 2 of pro footballs best teams. If the Pats are always beating Pittsburgh, why are you so concerned about they attention they get?

  17. joetoronto says: Oct 3, 2016 7:33 AM

    The Steelers match up really well with the Chiefs because Alice loves to throw super short passes, and the Steelers are usually in short zones just waiting for that crap.

  18. jjackwagon says: Oct 3, 2016 7:34 AM

    Clearly the Chiefs were NOT ready to play & that is on Andy.

    Equally clear is that the Steelers were still mad about last week and looking for redemption. They got it.

  19. footballfan says: Oct 3, 2016 7:41 AM

    mzew233 says:
    Oct 2, 2016 11:51 PM
    Here come all the stupid analysts saying Steelers are BACK. BEST OFFENSE IN THE LEAGUE.
    Power rankings:
    1. Steelers>
    2. Pats

    ‘Can Steelers challenge Patriots come January?’
    ‘Are the steelers the AFC Favorite?’

    No, No and No. roethelisberger is 2-8 against Tom Brady.
    Analysts love to hype and overhype everything and will hype this game like the SB, with some analysts actually PICKING Pittsburg to beat New England.

    October 23rd Steelers will lose by 17 points. I am going to copy this post and come back in 21 days and tell you about how this was correct Steeler fans.

    ********

    Sounds like someone is a little bit hurt that the Pats lost Sunday.

  20. pv1960 says: Oct 3, 2016 7:54 AM

    Fat Andrew will never win a SB. So happy the Hindenburg is outta Philly!!!!!!!

  21. flaccounibrow says: Oct 3, 2016 7:59 AM

    ‘Can Steelers challenge Patriots come January?’
    ‘Are the steelers the AFC Favorite?’

    No, No and No. roethelisberger is 2-8 against Tom Brady.
    Analysts love to hype and overhype everything and will hype this game like the SB, with some analysts actually PICKING Pittsburg to beat New England.

    October 23rd Steelers will lose by 17 points. I am going to copy this post and come back in 21 days and tell you about how this was correct Steeler fans.

    Time will tell. Tommy boy may be a bit tepid after having her hands slapped for cheating. May prevent them from doing it again….on the other hand, it’s the patsies.

  22. jbaxt says: Oct 3, 2016 8:53 AM

    Thanks Andy! Start the game off with 2 nice completions, then for some reason STOP that and go into dink and dunk mode. The Steelers defense did nothing to Stop KC in the beginning. KC’s sorry offensive plan stopped KC. Alex throws a BS soft toss to a RB who won’t be there and it’s intercepted and ware fumbled. Now after the 1st quarter their D did stop KC, but that game plan for KC was trash!

    Steelers won, obviously, and looked good. I do have to call out the officials though.

    Maclin gets obviously bumped, hard, beyond 5 yards literally stopping his route, no call?
    Steelers obviously bobble a TD reception, yet upheld?
    Steelers line up over the LOS, no flag?
    Steelers come across LOS, no flag?
    Conley gets a clear PI in the end zone but instead of PI it’s illegal contact? Ball was clearly in the air. 5 yard penalty instead of on the 1 yard line.

    Again, this was Pitts game, without question the MUCH better team, but those were 5 obvious calls and they were just ignored or blatantly wrong.

  23. peytonwantsaflag says: Oct 3, 2016 9:41 AM

    The Steelers wanting to break out of some bad habits after an ugly loss was fine.

    But at a certain point, the prudent play for Tomlin was to get some of his starters off the field.

    ——————————–

    but that’s Tomlin’s MO – he likes racking up garbage numbers to make his team look better. He’s always done it.

  24. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 3, 2016 10:15 AM

    peytonwantsaflag | Oct 3, 2016, 9:41 AM EDT
    The Steelers wanting to break out of some bad habits after an ugly loss was fine.

    But at a certain point, the prudent play for Tomlin was to get some of his starters off the field.

    ——————————–

    but that’s Tomlin’s MO – he likes racking up garbage numbers to make his team look better. He’s always done it.

    I think you need to remember he kept them in for the entire loss to the Beagles. What’s wrong with them enjoying a great performance?…….I know you are jealous Bungal fanboy👅

  25. goattoday says: Oct 3, 2016 10:33 AM

    There you have it! The KC Chiefs headed for last place in the AFC West. Broncos’ fans must be laughing.

  26. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 3, 2016 10:54 AM

    Obviously enjoyed the game, but I’m a perfectionist, so:
    1. Ben underthrew a few, the first long pass to Coates should have been 6, and AB’s long TD pass also was off. Hope it was just the weather.
    2. How in the world does JJ not score on the int. You can’t get around Alex ‘turtle’ Smith?! Hope he’s getting grief for that.
    3. Enough with the stupid TD dances, AB. Those 15 yds matter.
    4. Wheaton should never start. He was lucky to get that TD call, not sure how an NFL receiver doesn’t have the presence to get both feet down. Line up with AB, Coates, Eli in the slot when he’s back.
    5. This team is completely different with a healthy Bell. Love me some D-Will, but teams will have a tough time trying to game plan to take out both AB and Bell. Great to see him back out there.

  27. ampatsisahypocrite says: Oct 3, 2016 11:01 AM

    Gee I wonder where citizenstrange is today?

  28. jgedgar70 says: Oct 3, 2016 11:21 AM

    Ed says:
    Oct 3, 2016 12:01 AM

    A blowout, a Sunday night game and a downpour don’t equate to fans sticking around. People do have to work on Monday and who wants to get home at one in the morning when you have to get up for work?

    And there’s NO reason the Sunday night game can’t start at seven instead of 8:30.
    _____
    That would require one’s brain to be in the 21st century, and there’s not a single TV exec that has managed to do that. As far as they know, it’s still 1975, and the ONE and ONLY way to see the game is to sit inside your house and watch it live. And if you start anything before 6 PM Pacific Time, then no one in that time zone can ever see it. They haven’t been introduced to this DVR thingy or this smartphone thingy that allow you to watch a game pretty much whenever and wherever you want. So yes, every national broadcast MUST start at 7:00 – and I mean START the game at 7:00, not start gathering the 13 talking heads to bloviate about nothing that hasn’t been said for days or weeks and then start the game at 7:25. START the game at 7:00.

    And while we’re at it, I wouldn’t be the slightest bit opposed to local daily games, like MLB, NHL and NBA, starting at 6:30 local time. Since almost every stadium/arena is in the city’s downtown area and the only people the teams really want in the stands are corporate execs that can afford $1,000 per game tickets, they have plenty of time to be chauffeured from the corporate office to the game less than a mile away for a 6:30 start.

  29. chuckxx says: Oct 3, 2016 11:46 AM

    May I just say that this is one of the worst performances I have seen in quite a while by the Chiefs. They truly looked bad.

  30. ebdug says: Oct 3, 2016 12:02 PM

    The Chiefs might consider bringing a tarp with them on road trips.

  31. yourunclerico says: Oct 3, 2016 12:20 PM

    goldcoast1554 says:
    Oct 3, 2016 12:53 AM
    NFL football is declining badly. There maybe 6 or 7 teams that play competitively and the rest are schedule fillers. Thursday night football is awful and Monday night football has become a bore. It’s hard to believe this is ‘professional’ football.
    ===========
    Whats worse is that at least half of the “6 or 7” teams are being propped up by the WWNFL.
    The fix is in – preferential treatment is whats really killing the game, that and goodell rule changes.
    no wonder ratings are down. fans arent blind and have better things to do with their time.

  32. dickroy says: Oct 3, 2016 12:37 PM

    It was a good week for me. Steelers and Vols both win!

  33. 6ball says: Oct 3, 2016 12:59 PM

    .
    @goldcoast

    Spot on analysis…….. In both divisions there are only a handful of teams that are legitimate contenders. For the rest, the season is DOA (Tampa, Tennessee, Chicago etc).

    In the NFC you have a little more parity, as Green Bay and Seattle seemed to have come back to the pack a bit and it seems like Minnesota, Arizona, Carolina and few others may have a shot.

    In the AFC, it’s been Denver, Pittsburgh, and the 800lb gorilla New England, at or near the top for over a decade. The whole ” framegate” controversy arose from an attempt by 345 Park Avenue to punish the Patriots for being a better run franchise than most of their competitors.

    The league has to be aware that millennials are much less likely to invest in these “lost causes” as their baby boomer counterparts, who were devoid of most of the entertainment options available today.

    In the day, fans got their 1 pm game and that was that. If your team is down 24-3 in the first quarter, tough! Suck it up, because that was all the NFL you were getting until next week.
    .

  34. binarymath says: Oct 3, 2016 6:11 PM

    Tomlin should get credit for the 2-pt conversion after the first TD.

    It seems like a missed extra point comes back to haunt that team more often than not. From a points-differential perspective, a 2-pt. conversion likely does the same thing to the opponent.

    Knowing they have to match that 8th point probably gets into the opponent’s head. I think the Chiefs’ penalty on the PAT after Steelers’ second TD may have been special teams thinking they had to ‘get that point back’ by blocking the kick.

    I also like that once he got the 2-pointer, Tomlin elected to kick PATs the rest of the game, so as not to give back the advantage.

    Given the bad karma of a missed PAT kick, I can’t believe that more coaches don’t go for 2 early in the game.

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