Game Preview: Steelers at Chiefs (Week 7)

Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2) at Kansas City Chiefs (1-5)
Date: Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET
Site: Arrowhead Stadium (76,416) • Kansas City, Mo.
Playing Surface: Natural Grass
TV Coverage: CBS-TV (locally KDKA-TV, channel 2)
Announcers: Greg Gumbel (play-by-play), Trent Green (color analyst), Stacey Dales (sideline)
Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network, WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Announcers: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play), Tunch Ilkin (color analyst), Craig Wolfley (sideline)
National Radio: Compass Media Networks
Announcers: Chris Carrino (play-by-play), Brian Baldinger (color analyst)


A LOOK AT THE COACHES:** Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 86-48 (.642)/ninth season
Regular-season record with Pittsburgh: 86-48 (.642)/ninth season
Playoff Record/Years: 5-4/five years

Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid
Overall regular-season record: 151-110-1 (.578)/17th season
Regular-season record with Kansas City: 21-17 (.553)/third season
Playoff Record/Years: 10-10/10 years

Series History: Series began in 1970
Overall Regular Season: Steelers lead, 20-9
At Pittsburgh: Steelers lead, 10-4
At Kansas City: Steelers lead, 10-5
Neutral Sites: n/a
Streak: Steelers won previous three meetings
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Dec. 21, 2014, in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh 20, Kansas City 12
Postseason Series: Chiefs lead, 1-0
Last Post-Season Meeting: Jan. 8, 1994, at Kansas City
Kansas City 27, Pittsburgh 24
(preseason and postseason record not included in overall series record)

This week's game marks the 30th time the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs will meet in the regular season and the 15th time in Pittsburgh, where the Steelers are 10-4 vs. the Chiefs...the two teams have met nine times in the month of October in the regular season series, with the Steelers owning a seven-game advantage of 8-1 in the month of October vs. the Chiefs (3-0 at home).

Pittsburgh 20, Kansas City 12
Dec. 21, 2014
Heinz Field (60,865)

The Pittsburgh Steelers hosted the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field for Week 16.

PITTSBURGH** - Pittsburgh improved to 10-5 on the season and clinched the team's ninth postseason berth since 2000 with a 20-12 victory over Kansas City at Heinz Field.

K Shaun Suisham connected from 23 yards to give Pittsburgh a 3-0 lead. K Cairo Santos connected from 35 yards to tie the game 3-3 at the end of the first quarter.

Santos made one from 25 yards early in the second quarter to give the Chiefs the team's only lead of the game. On the Steelers' ensuing drive, RB Le'Veon Bell scored on a one-yard run to give Pittsburgh the lead for good, 10-6.

The Chiefs marched into Steelers' territory midway through the third quarter. RB Jamaal Charles caught a pass and rookie DE Stephon Tuitt forced a fumble on Charles that was recovered by LB Vince Williams. The Steelers then took over and marched 75 yards on 10 plays. QB Ben Roethlisberger capped off the drive with a three-yard touchdown pass to WR Antonio Brown to give the Steelers a 17-6 lead.

Santos made a 43-yard field goal and Suisham responded with a 23-yard make of his own. Kansas City cut the lead to 20-12 on Santos' 23-yard make but the team's onside kick attempt was recovered by Steelers' FB Will Johnson. The Steelers offense then took the field in their victory formation.

Pittsburgh's defense recorded a season-high six sacks, the first time the Steelers recorded six sacks in a game since December 23, 2012. LB Jason Worilds (2.0), LB James Harrison (1.5) and DE Cameron Heyward (1.5) each had a multi-sack game, and the defense held the Chiefs to a season-low 39 rushing yards.

This game also marked the third straight turnover free game for the Steelers' offense and the third straight game the Steelers' defense forced a turnover.


Chiefs (8-7)330612
STEELERS (10-5)377320

PIT19:15Suisham 23 yd. FG11-80; 5:453-0
KC12:06Santos 35 yd. FG14-65; 7:093-3
KC29:25Santos 25 yd. FG12-44; 6:103-6
PIT24:18Bell 1 yd. run (Suisham kick)11-80; 5:0710-6
PIT30:34Brown 3 yd. pass from Roethlisberger (Susham kick)10-75; 5:5217-6
KC410:18Santos 43 yd. FG12-58; 5:1617-9
PIT44:04Suisham 23 yd. FG12-70; 6:1420-9
KC41:37Santos 23 yd.FG 11-45; 2:2720-12


Here is a look at the statistical leaders for the both the Steelers and Chiefs heading into the Week 7 contest.

Former Steelers/Chiefs
• Steelers OC Todd Haley was the head coach of the Chiefs for three seasons (2009-11) and led the team to an NFC Championship title in 2008.
• Steelers RB coach James Saxon held the same position in Kansas City from 2001-07 and played for the Chiefs for four seasons (1988-91).
• Pittsburgh WR coach Richard Mann was also the WR coach for the Chiefs for two seasons (1999-2000).
• Kansas City asst. HC/WR coach David Culley was the WR coach in Pittsburgh for three seasons (1996-98).
• Chiefs DL Nick Williams was drafted by the Steelers in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft and spent the first 11 weeks of season on Pittsburgh's practice squad before being claimed by Kansas City on Nov. 24th.
• Kansas City head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder was an asst. athletic trainer for the Steelers for fi ve seasons (1994-98).
• Chiefs Radio Network in-game sideline reporter Kendall Gammon was drafted by the Steelers in the 11th round of the 1992 NFL Draft and was a member of the Super Bowl XXX team.

Area Connections
• Chiefs President Mark Donovan is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa.
• Kansas City LB Tamba Hali played collegiately at Penn State University.
• Kansas City head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder was an asst. athletic trainer at the University of Pittsburgh from 1991-93 after graduating from the university in 1987, and served as an asst. athletic trainer with the Steelers from 1994-98.
• Chiefs scout Matt Donahoe is from Pittsburgh, Pa., and attended Allegheny College.
• Kansas City VP of Stadium Operations Tim Hassett was the GM of CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. from 2013-14.

NFL Connections
• Pittsburgh HC Mike Tomlin coached one season (2006) with Kansas City RB coach Eric Bieniemy in Minnesota.
• Tomlin was the DC in Minnesota for one season (2006) on Chiefs spread game analyst/special project Brad Childress' coaching staff.
• Steelers OC Todd Haley coached one season (2000) with Chiefs DC Bob Sutton with the New York Jets.

The Steelers prepare for the week 7 match up against the Kansas City Chiefs.

• Haley coached two seasons (2004-05) with Kansas City LB coach Gary Gibbs in Dallas.
• Pittsburgh DC Keith Butler spent one season (2000) with Kansas City OC Doug Pederson in Cleveland.
• While a DB/ST coach in Philadelphia, Steelers STC Danny Smith crossed paths with Chiefs DB coach Emmitt Thomas.
• Steelers DB coach Carnell Lake worked as a training camp volunteer with the Eagles in 2009 when Chiefs HC Andy Reid held the same title.
• Steelers RB coach James Saxon coached Chiefs defensive asst./secondary coach Al Harris for one season (2010) in Miami.
• Saxon also spent time with Kansas City CB Sean Smith (2009-10) with the Dolphins.
• Saxon was on staff in Minnesota when Chiefs S Husain Abdullah was a player (2011).
• Steelers TE Matt Spaeth played two seasons (2011-12) for Chiefs STC Dave Toub in Chicago.
• Steelers CB Antwon Blake spent one season (2012) with Chiefs OL coach Andy Heck in Jacksonville.
• Steelers C/G Cody Wallace played two seasons (2008-09) in San Francisco with Chiefs QB Alex Smith.
• Pittsburgh CB William Gay played one season (2012) with Chiefs CB Jamell Fleming and FB Anthony Sherman in Arizona.
• Pittsburgh QB Mike Vick played under Reid in Philadelphia from 2009-10.
• Vick was also teammates with Kansas City WR Jeremy Maclin in Philadelphia during that span.
• Pittsburgh CB Brandon Boykin also played under Reid in Philadelphia for one year (2012).
• Steelers S Mike Mitchell and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey both played with Chiefs S Tyvon Branch in Oakland for four years (2009-12).
• Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams was teammates with Chiefs DB Ron Parker in Carolina for one year (2012).

College Connections
• Steelers TE Heath Miller was coached by Chiefs OL coach Andy Heck at Virginia in 2003.
• Steelers WR Antonio Brown was teammates with Chiefs LB Frank Zombo (2007-09) and T Eric Fisher (2009) at Central Michigan.
• Steelers T Marcus Gilbert was teammates with Chiefs DT Jaye Howard (2007-10) and WR Frankie Hammond Jr. (2008-10) at Florida.
• Pittsburgh LB Jarvis Jones played with Kansas City QB Aaron Murray (2010-12) and LB Justin Houston (2010) at Georgia.
• Steelers LB Sean Spence was teammates with Chiefs DL Allen Bailey at Miami (2008-10).
• Pittsburgh G Ramon Foster spent one season (2004) at Tennessee with Kansas City P Dustin Colquitt.
• Steelers DT Daniel McCullers played two seasons (2012-13) with Chiefs G Zach Fulton at Tennessee.
• Steelers QB Landry Jones played at Oklahoma with Kansas City DB Jamell Fleming and OL Donald Stephenson from 2008-11.
• Pittsburgh WR Sammie Coates was teammates with Kansas City LB Dee Ford at Auburn for two seasons (2011-12).

Passing Yards
Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger - 398 (11/22/2009)
Chiefs: Steve DeBerg - 338 (10/29/1989)

Rushing Yards
Steelers: Franco Harris - 134 (11/12/1972)
Chiefs: Priest Holmes - 150 (10/14/2001)

Receiving Yards
Steelers: Louis Lipps - 183 (9/2/1984)
Chiefs: Otis Taylor - 190 (10/18/1971)

• With a win, the Steelers will improve to 428-273-2 during the regular season since 1970.
• The Steelers look to improve to 21-9 all-time against the Chiefs in the regular season and to 11-5 on the road.
• Pittsburgh will look to win its fourth consecutive game against Kansas City and improve to 9-1 in the month of October vs. the Chiefs and move to 6-1 on the road in the month of October at Kansas City.
• Pittsburgh aims for its third straight win in 2015 and to win each of its previous three road games.

• A win would improve Tomlin to 87-48 during the regular season, inlcuding 38-30 on the road.
• Coach Tomlin looks to improve to 4-1 in the regular season against Kansas City and move to 2-1 on the road at the Chiefs.
• With a win, would improve to 25-9 in the month of October and to 11-6 in the month on the road.

• Needs 31 passing yards to become the fi rst Steelers quarterback with 40,000 and to become the ninth passer in league history to reach the mark with one team.
• With 3,000 passing yards in 2015, will become the fifth quarterback in NFL history to throw for 3,000 yards in 10 consecutive seasons.
• Will record his 40th 300-yard passing game with his next such game in 2015 and become the ninth signal caller to do so with one franchise.

• With his next start and win will have 62 regular-season victories as a starting quarterback in his NFL career.
• Needs two touchdown passes to record 135 in his NFL career.
• Needs 193 pass completions to reach 2,000 in his NFL career.


The best photos of WR Antonio Brown from the 2015 season.

• With two touchdown catches, will move into a tie for ninth in team history with Mike Wallace (32).
• With his next 100-yard game, will become the third player in in franchise history with 20-such performances in the regular season (Hines Ward – 29 and John Stallworth – 25).
• With 100 receptions in 2015, will extend his franchise record of consecutive seasons with at least 100 catches to three.
• With 110 catches in 2015, will become the second player in NFL history to record 110 or more receptions in three consecutive years (Wes Welker, 2007-09).
• With 125 receptions in 2015, would become the first player in NFL history to record back-to-back seasons of 125 catches or more.
• With 1,000 receiving yards in 2015, will join Hines Ward (2001-04) as only the second player in franchise history to register 1,000 receiving yards in three consecutive years.
• Will surpass Lynn Swann (5,534) for the eighth-most yards from scrimmage in team history with 61.
• With 112 yards from scrimmage, will become the eighth Steeler in team history with at least 6,000.

• Is 51 receptions from joining Hines Ward (1,000) as the second player in team history with 600.
• Needs six touchdown catches to become just the fourth player in Steelers history with 50.
• Is 199 yards from scrimmage away from moving into fifth in team history (Louis Lipps, 6,406).
• With 50 receptions in 2015, will record his fifth consecutive 50-catch season.


The best photos of Running Back Le'Veon Bell from the 2015 season thus far.

• With 100 rushing yards on Sunday, will have eight 100-yard games in his NFL career.
• With 100 yards from scrimmage this week, will have totaled 21 games in his NFL career with 100 yards or more.
• With 1,000 rushing yards in 2015 will become the fifth Steelers running back to produce back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons and the first since Rashard Mendenhall in 2009-10.

• Will record the 20th 100-yard rushing game of his career with his next 100-yard performance.
• Will reach 50 rushing touchdowns in his NFL career with his next rushing score.

• Needs 3.0 sacks on to record 5.0 quarterback takedowns in three straight seasons.

• One multi-sack game to break a tie with Jason Gildon (17) for the most such games in team history.


Check out the best photos of CB Will Gay.

• Will match Rod Woodson (5) for the most interceptions returned for touchdowns in team history with his next pick six.

• Needs 200 punt return yards to move into second in team history (Antwaan Randle El, 1,650).
• One punt return for a touchdown to tie Antwaan Randle El (4) for the most in Steelers history.

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