Teams on opposite ends of the NFL power rankings face off on Monday Night Football when the Kansas City Chiefs visit the Pittsburgh Steelers. Oddsmakers have made the Steelers big 12.5-point home favorites.
In order to break down both sides, we enlist the help of each teams’ expert bloggers. Joel Thorman of Kansas City blog “Arrowhead Pride
” and Donald Starver of Pittsburgh blog “Steelers Today
” put on the pads and debate why their side will cover the spread Monday night.THREE REASONS WHY KANSAS CITY WILL COVERJoel Thorman is the editor of Arrowhead Pride. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter @ArrowheadPride.Haley hatred
The Chiefs are 1-7, so it's hard to find the motivation to play well. But there is a big motivator for Monday's game - Todd Haley. The former Chiefs coach was fired by GM Scott Pioli near the end of last season and is now Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator. The Chiefs don't want to admit that Haley's in a better spot now than he was in Kansas City (even though he is). Kansas City should have the motivation to beat Haley in this reunion.
Charles in charge
Jamaal Charles is a threat to blow up in every game... if the Chiefs give him the ball. Romeo Crennel couldn't explain why Charles had only five carries against the Raiders two weeks ago but he won't be facing those questions after Monday's game. The Chiefs will ride Charles until the wheels fall off and, if you give him enough carries, he's going to break one eventually.Steelers play down to competition
Pittsburgh lost to the lowly Raiders and Titans, beat the Eagles by just two points, and allowed the Bengals to hang around within a touchdown. The Steelers play down to the level of their competition and considering their competition is the Chiefs, they'll play way, way down.THREE REASONS WHY PITTSBURGH WILL COVERDonald Starver writes for Steelers Today. You can follow them on Facebook and Twitter @SteelersToday.Surplus of RBs
The Steelers have had many injuries among their running back corps. Starter Rashard Mendenhall has only played in one game this season but he'll be back for Monday Night's game against the Chiefs. Jonathan Dwyer emerged as the starter in Mendenhall's absence but he too went down to injury. Then, Isaac Redman carried the load last week and gained over 100 yards on the ground. When the Steelers face the Chiefs, they will have all three backs in the lineup, along with Chris Rainey, who was also injured last week. That's good for the Steelers, but very bad for the Chiefs.No. 1 vs. No. 29
The Steelers boast the No. 1 defense in the NFL. They're very difficult to run against and even more difficult to pass against. Last week, the reigning champion New York Giants were held to only 68 rushing yards and Eli Manning was held to just 125 passing yards. Meanwhile, the Chiefs have the 29th-ranked scoring offense in the NFL. If the Giants' offense proved to be impotent against the Steelers, what hope do the Chiefs have?
Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley was previously the head coach of the Chiefs. I'm sure that he's looking forward to facing his former team. So far, Haley's offense has been a conservative unit that focuses on ball-control, but it wouldn't surprise me if he unleashed Big Ben and Mike Wallace - something he's rarely done this season. If Haley is ever going to unleash the dogs, the Chiefs are the team that he's likely to do it against.Join the debate. Which team – Chiefs or Steelers – will cover the spread on Monday Night Football.