Editor’s note: NESN.com’s Mike Cole, Ricky Doyle and Andre Khatchaturian deliver their NFL picks every Thursday of the season, and here’s who they like in the Kansas City Chiefs-Pittsburgh Steelers Week 4 game, with the line from OddsShark.
Kansas City Chiefs (2-1) vs. (-6) Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1), 8:30 p.m.
Mike: Chiefs. The Steelers’ defense has struggled mightily against running backs who can catch passes out of the backfield — Gio Bernard and Darren Sproles combined to torch Pittsburgh with 228 receiving yards over the last two weeks. Spencer Ware should do the same and keep it close enough for Kansas City to cover.
Ricky: Steelers. Le’Veon Bell’s return should help in the passing game, where Ben Roethlisberger has been searching for a reliable second option behind Antonio Brown. Pittsburgh is 5-0 straight up and 4-1 against the spread in its last five home games against Kansas City, and the Chiefs won’t have the benefit of Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing six interceptions against them this week.
Andre: Steelers. How do you slow down Big Ben? You hit him in the mouth. That’s what the Eagles did Sunday when they sacked him four times — more sacks than the Chiefs have all season. Kansas City’s pass rush is different without Justin Houston (just three sacks all season) With the Steelers at home and getting Le’Veon Bell back, I expect Pittsburgh to be a different team this week.
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