Kansas City Chiefs vs. Pittsburgh Steelers NFL betting preview

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Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. / Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs are heavy favorites (-13) in their AFC Playoffs matchup versus the Pittsburgh Steelers. The expected point total for the matchup is set at 46.5.

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Game Info and Betting Lines for Chiefs vs. Steelers

  • Game Day: Sunday, January 16, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:15 PM ET
  • TV Channel: NBC
  • Location: Kansas City, Missouri
  • Stadium: GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium
  • Spread: Chiefs (-12.5)
  • Total: 46

Chiefs Betting Stats and Info

  • The Chiefs, on average, score 4.8 more points (28.2) than the Steelers allow (23.4).
  • In games where Kansas City scores over 23.4 points, it is 8-3 overall and 6-5 against the spread.
  • When the Pittsburgh defense allows fewer than 28.2 points the Steelers have put together a 9-3-1 overall record and a 7-6 record against the spread.
  • The Steelers' defense has given up an average of 361.1 yards per game so far this season, 35.7 yards fewer than the 396.8-yard average from the Chiefs' offense. The Chiefs pick up 6.1 yards per play and the Steelers give up 5.8.
  • When the Kansas City offense puts together a game with more than Pittsburgh's 2021 average in yardage allowed (361.1 per game), it is 10-4 overall and 7-7 against the spread.
  • Kansas City has an 8-9-0 record against the spread this season.
  • Kansas City games have hit the over in 10 out of 17 opportunities (58.8%).

Steelers Betting Stats and Info

  • The Chiefs have allowed 21.4 points per game this year, about the same amount as the 20.2 the Steelers have scored.
  • Pittsburgh is 5-2 overall and 4-3 against the spread when it scores over 21.4 points this season.
  • When Kansas City limits opposing offenses to less than 20.2 points this season, it is 8-0 overall and 6-2 against the spread.
  • The Steelers' offense has accumulated 53.5 fewer yards per game than the Chiefs' defense has allowed this year (315.4 to 368.9). The Steelers earn 5.0 yards per play while the Chiefs allow 6.1 per play.
  • In contests where the Pittsburgh offense totals more than Kansas City's average yard allowance this year (368.9 per game), it is 2-2 against the spread and 2-1-1 overall.
  • Pittsburgh has an 8-9-0 record against the spread this season.
  • Pittsburgh games have hit the over in seven out of 17 opportunities (41.2%).

Over/Under Stats and Trends

  • Kansas City has played 10 games with over 46.5 points scored, its current matchup's point total, this season.
  • Pittsburgh's games have gone over 46.5 total points scored in four of 17 total matchups this year.
  • These teams average a combined 48.4 points per game, 1.9 more points than the total of 46.5 set for this game.
  • Opponents of these two teams have averaged a combined 44.8 points per game, 1.7 less than the point total in this matchup.
  • The average total the Chiefs have had set in matchups this year is 5.4 more points than this outing's point total.
  • Steelers games this year have averaged an over/under of 43.5 points, 3.0 fewer than the point total in this matchup.

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Impact Players

Kansas City Chiefs

  • Patrick Mahomes II has thrown for 4,839 yards (284.6 ypg) to lead Kansas City, completing 66.3% of his passes and recording 37 touchdown passes compared to 13 interceptions this season. He's also contributed in the ground game with 381 rushing yards on 66 carries with two rushing touchdowns.
  • Darrel Williams has racked up 558 yards on 144 carries while finding the end zone six times as a runner. He's also caught 47 passes for 452 yards (26.6 per game) and two touchdowns through the air.
  • Clyde Edwards-Helaire has racked up 517 yards on 119 carries, scoring four times.
  • Tyreek Hill has hauled in 111 catches for 1,239 yards (72.9 yards per game) to lead the team so far this season. He's found the end zone nine times as a receiver.
  • Travis Kelce has put together a 1,125-yard season so far with nine touchdowns, reeling in 92 passes on 134 targets.
  • Mecole Hardman has a total of 693 receiving yards so far this year, grabbing 59 passes and scoring two touchdowns.
  • Chris Jones has 9.0 sacks to lead the team, and also has 8.0 TFL and 27 tackles.
  • Kansas City's top-tackler, Nick Bolton, has 112 tackles and 11.0 TFL this year.
  • Tyrann Mathieu has a team-leading three interceptions to go along with 76 tackles, 2.0 TFL, one sack, and six passes defended.

Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Ben Roethlisberger has compiled 3,740 yards on 64.5% passing while collecting 22 touchdown passes with 10 interceptions this season.
  • Najee Harris has rushed 307 times for 1,200 yards, with seven touchdowns. He's also tacked on 74 catches for 467 yards and three touchdowns.
  • Benny Snell Jr. has piled up 98 yards (on 36 carries).
  • Diontae Johnson leads his squad with 1,161 receiving yards on 107 receptions with eight touchdowns.
  • Chase Claypool has caught 59 passes and compiled 860 receiving yards (50.6 per game) with two touchdowns.
  • Pat Freiermuth has racked up 497 reciving yards (29.2 ypg) and seven touchdowns this season.
  • T.J. Watt has racked up 22.5 sacks to pace the team, while also picking up 21.0 TFL and 64 tackles.
  • Pittsburgh's tackle leader, Minkah Fitzpatrick, has 124 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and two interceptions this year.
  • Ahkello Witherspoon has picked off a team-leading three passes. He also has 15 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and nine passes defended to his name.