Week 2 Too Risky to Bet: Side in Chiefs and Steelers Clash

Thursday, September 13, 2018 3:56 PM UTC

Thursday, Sep. 13, 2018 3:56 PM UTC

In Week 2 we see one AFC clash that gives us the cold shoulder in terms of backing one side or another. The Chiefs and Steelers is that game and we discuss why it’s better to pass than to wager on a side that doesn’t feel strong either way.

Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh SteelersSunday, 1:00 p.m. ET (CBS)If You Must Bet: OverBest Line Offered: 5Dimes

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I’ve got a buddy, Marky Pizza, that has to have a bet on a game if he’s watching it on television and being an action guy myself I understand the nature of the beast. But now that we have access to every NFL game in terms of live streaming, Red Zone coverage, and even Gamecast on ESPN’s website there’s really no need to manufacture an opinion just to fill the void. Sure, in the old days you’d go to a payphone and call an 800 number where you’d have to listen to some tout tell you about his Immortal Lock of the Century who then directed you to call a 900 number to get this can’t miss, once-in-a-lifetime, sure-fire winner. After about two minutes of this jibber jabber, you’d get the scores of every game being played which were now about five minutes old because that’s how long it took to get the rundown. The good old days weren’t so good, let me tell you.

The game between the Chiefs and Steelers is such a game. It’s a coin flip because we’re not quite sure if the Steelers just had a rusty opening game in their Week 1 tie with Cleveland or perhaps Big Ben has reached the end of the line as evidenced by the three interceptions he tossed. Roethlisberger has publically broached the idea of retirement and sometimes those thoughts manifest into performance…poor performance. The Le’Veon Bell distraction hasn’t helped either and things seem out of sorts in Pittsburgh.

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With one win in the books, Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes talk #KCvsPIT. pic.twitter.com/UqzicqBVUa

— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) 13 de setembro de 2018

Now we have the Chiefs, 38-28 winners of the Chargers in their opening game of the season. We’ve heard a lot of talk about young quarterbacks this season with Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, et al but we kind of forgot about the young gun in KC, Patrick Mahomes. The 22-year-old, 10th overall pick in the 2017 draft, left the Bolts thunderstruck when he touched them for four touchdowns and 256 yards passing. Phillip Rivers, the quarterback of the San-geles Chargers, is no slouch himself and torched the Chiefs for three passing touchdowns and 424 yards. If Roethlisberger just had a hiccup in Week 1 and gets back on track we can see similar numbers against a porous Chiefs’ secondary coupled with a Pittsburgh defense that should be able to cut Mahomes’ touchdown total in half. However, if Big Ben is throwing on the field but sitting in a rocking chair in his mind then we could see him tossing another three picks this week.

It’s all too dicey a proposition for my tastes so if you have to include this game in your NFL picks then I would advise a play on the over. The Chiefs’ defense doesn’t scare me and Patrick Mahomes definitely found chemistry with wideout Tyreek Hill (7 catches, 169 yards, 2 TD’s) last week which should lead to more offense this week. Let’s watch a shootout instead of biting our fingernails and wondering if the NFL odds of KC +4 is worth a play or a fade. Stay away or go over in this one.

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