Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Conditions Prime for Another Close Game between Chiefs and Steelers

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Conditions Prime for Another Close Game between Chiefs and Steelers

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Seven gut-wrenching combined points separated the Kansas City Chiefs from victories in their past two games.

The Chiefs (1-5) hung tough, but were unable to close the deal in an 18-17 loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 5 and a 16-10 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6.

"In the National Football League, things are close," coach Andy Reid said. "And you see it by our scores, but things are close. And it's one play here or there that matters, and that's really where we've got to focus in and get that taken care of.

"Whether it's a play call, whether it's an opportunity to make a play, if the play works that's called, then we've all got to kind of step that up and get over that hump. There's a very fine line between winning and losing in this league."

Recent losses reflect the Chiefs have a pulse despite losing by a combined 25 points in Weeks 3-4.

And the opportunity to get back on the winning side presents itself Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-2), a team likely to turn to third-string quarterback Landry Jones with Ben Roethlisberger questionable with a knee injury.

The prospects of a victory aren't based solely on Jones potentially starting; rather, it is a matter of the latest history between the Chiefs and Steelers.

While the Steelers have won three straight over the Chiefs, the scores offer close battles: 20-12 in 2014; 16-13 overtime win in 2012; and 13-9 in 2011.

The last time the Chiefs defeated the Steelers also came down to the wire in a 27-24 overtime win in 2009.

Familiarity between opponents, especially when considering the two teams met in Week 16 last season, should play a role in Sunday's game.

"We obviously have an idea," Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton said of preparing for the Steelers offense. …

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