Pittsburgh at Kansas City AFC Divisional Round Betting Lines, Pick & TV Info

Posted by Peter Boysen on January 12, 2017 in

The Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) had a bye during the wild card round and now await the Pittsburgh Steelers in the divisional round. Pittsburgh (12-5) rides an eight-game winning streak into this game, but that’s just one reason why so many people think the Steelers have the momentum going in. Of course, there’s also the 1-9 record Kansas City has in its last 10 playoff games (with the lone win coming against the overmatched Houston Texans in the wild card round last year). There’s also the fact that it’s been 23 years since the Chiefs won a home playoff game (ironically over the Steelers). Take a look at our prediction for this game as well as all of the NFL betting action for the divisional round.

Pittsburgh at Kansas City AFC Divisional Round Betting Lines, Pick & TV Info

When: Sunday, Jan. 15, 1 PM ET
Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
Radio: Pittsburgh / Kansas City
Stream Option: NFL Live
Opening NFL Lines: Chiefs -1.5 (44)

Why should you bet on the Steelers?

These two teams squared off in Week 4 up in Pittsburgh, and the game was an utter disaster for the Chiefs. Ben Roethlisberger threw five touchdown passes for the Steelers, and tailback Le’Veon Bell picked up 144 yards on the ground. This is the first postseason in which Roethlisberger, Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown have all been healthy — and we saw their offensive potential in their rout of Miami in the wild card round. The Kansas City weather forecast contains the possibility of ice and snow, but Pittsburgh is also a cold-weather team that plays home games outdoors, so that doesn’t give Kansas City the same advantage that it might lend to a team that plays in a dome or a warm city.

Why should you put your money on the Chiefs?

Roethlisberger might be starting this game, but he likely won’t be 100%. He came out of the locker room after the wild card game wearing a walking boot, thanks to an ankle injury he suffered against Miami. There was also the interception (and a couple of near misses) that he threw against Miami. The Steelers don’t cover kicks all that well, and the Chiefs are adept at takeaways. It wouldn’t take more than a couple of big plays to turn the momentum toward Kansas City in a big way. The question for the Chiefs, though, is whether coach Andy Reid will make yet another boneheaded decision as far as clock or game management in the waning minutes.

Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

I like what the Chiefs do on both sides of the ball — excellence without a lot of flash — but Pittsburgh is on a big roll, and Roethlisberger has as much playoff experience on the winning side as anyone. I predict a final score of Pittsburgh 27, Kansas City 23.