Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Steelers 43, Chiefs 14 Redemption Embarrassed a Week Earlier in Philadelphia, the Steelers Scored Early and Often in a Victory against the Chiefs

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Steelers 43, Chiefs 14 Redemption Embarrassed a Week Earlier in Philadelphia, the Steelers Scored Early and Often in a Victory against the Chiefs

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Embarrassed a week earlier in Philadelphia, the Steelers responded in style Sunday night. On an evening in which Kevin Greene brought Styx to help honor his Hall of Fame ring ceremony, the Steelers brought out their Big Clubs.

The question everyone wanted to know after their thumping by the Eagles: What's wrong with the Steelers?

The answer after their 43-14 crushing of the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field? Nothing.

Ben Roethlisberger threw five touchdown passes, four in a pulsating first half in which they led 29-0. At one point, he completed 13 in a row; he finished 22 of 27 for 300 yards without an interception against a defense that had led the NFL with eight coming in.

His defense set him up with the first two touchdowns by causing turnovers. Special teams kept the Chiefs deep in their territory on several kicks.

And the memory of their 34-3 loss vanished, just like that.

"It's the best team game we've played so far," said linebacker Vince Williams. All he did was lead the team with a whopping 13 solo tackles, 15 total while replacing the injured Ryan Shazier.

Le'Veon Bell rang in his first game of the 2016 season with 140 yards rushing and five catches for another 34. He missed the first three games on NFL suspension.

"Once I got my carries, it felt normal," said Bell, who ran 18 times. "I was in the flow of the game. Everything just kind of went smoothly."

He and fellow back DeAngelo Williams were often in the game at the same time. Bell set up Williams' 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter by running 44 yards to the 2.

"Le'Veon is one of the best in the world at what he does," coach Mike Tomlin said. "His presence is always significant, because he does so many things well, whether it's running, or receiving out of the backfield, or whether it's aligning out of the backfield. We challenged him intellectually this week and he delivered. He moves around a lot, played some receiver and in some of our two-running back sets with DeAngelo Williams. He did the job."

Their win also propelled them into a first-place tie in the AFC North with the Baltimore Ravens at 3-1, and put them back on pace with the rest of the best in the AFC, after unbeaten Denver.

Yes, one week can make a big difference.

"You don't win the Super Bowl," Cam Heyward cautioned. "It's just one game."

But the Steelers' response against what is regarded as a good Kansas City team was necessary after the egg they laid in Philadelphia.

"There was a sense of urgency," said Heyward, who sacked quarterback Alex Smith three times.

There might not be a perfectly played game, but the Steelers came close a week after a perfectly poor one.

Their defense came right out of the box with two pressures by Stephon Tuitt and a sack by Heyward on Kansas City's first offensive series. …

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