Chiefs vs. Steelers Betting Guide: Will Mahomes and Co. Jump Out Early?

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Public bettors are backing the Chiefs to go over their win total. Credit: Jay Biggerstaff, USA Today Sports.

Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers Betting Odds

  • Spread: Chiefs -2.5
  • Over/Under: 46.5
  • Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET

The Steelers host the Chiefs in one of five NFL Preseason Week 2 matchups on Saturday. Let’s take a look at key storylines for both teams, complete with a betting pick.

Kansas City Chiefs

Andy Reid told media that starters will play the first half — “or there about” — on Saturday night.

This means the same offense that just became the fourth unit in the Super Bowl era to average 35 points per game in a season is poised to play up to 30 minutes of football.

Don’t mistake the Chiefs’ firepower for a lack of depth; rookies Mecole Hardman and Darwin Thompson each proved more than capable of making an early impact during the Chiefs’ preseason win over the Bengals last week.

Darwin Thompson is fun pic.twitter.com/wo0tiyKDR6

— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) August 12, 2019

It’d be a lot easier to expect some regression from Patrick Mahomes’ historically efficient efforts in 2018 if the offense wasn’t so loaded with talent at pretty much every position.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Mike Tomlin confirmed Mason Rudolph will start in place of Ben Roethlisberger on Saturday, although Tomlin also noted that he expects to use more starters this week.

The key position battle to watch will be at wide receiver. Donte Moncrief has reportedly separated himself from the pack in practice, but continued preseason excellence from James Washington could potentially change that.

Ultimately, I’m riding with the team that’s expected to play its starters for a significantly longer span.

PICK: Chiefs -2.5

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