Chiefs vs. Steelers: NFL Betting Preview – January 16, 2022

Written By Staff on January 10, 2022

The AFC Wild Card round features a matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers (+500 moneyline odds to win) take the field as visitors on January 16, 2022 at 8:15 PM ET on NBC against the Chiefs (-12.5). Sportsbooks have listed the contest’s over/under at 47.

In this article we will provide you with the best odds available and surface what you need to know to make a bet on the game. That includes key metrics, weather conditions, and injury updates.

The betting facts in what follows reference odds valid as of January 16, 2022 at 8:12 PM ET. Head to the table below for the latest lines for this game and click here to get the best DraftKings Sportsbook deposit bonus!

Chiefs Vs. Steelers Betting Odds

Chiefs Vs. Steelers Player Props

Chiefs Vs. Steelers Betting Angles

Chiefs Vs. Steelers Weather

The weather report for Kansas City on Sunday is dry (scattered clouds) and calm (11 mph winds), with a high temperature of 31 degrees Fahrenheit (as of 8:12 PM on January 16).

Chiefs Vs. Steelers Injury Report

Kansas City Injuries

Player Pos. Injury Status
Willie Gay LB Knee Out
Malik Herring DE Knee (acl) Out
Tyrann Mathieu SS Gameday Inactive Out
Kyle Long G Leg Out
Austin Blythe C Abdomen Out
Frank Clark DE Hamstring Out

Pittsburgh Injuries

Player Pos. Injury Status
Stephon Tuitt DE Knee Out
Robert Spillane ILB Gameday Inactive Out
Joshua Dobbs QB Toe Out
Zach Banner OT Knee Out
Anthony McFarland Jr. RB Undisclosed Out
Demarcus Christmas DT Undisclosed Out

Chiefs Offense Vs. Steelers Defense

Chiefs Offense Stats (Rank) Steelers Defense
28.2 (4) Points/Gm 23.4 (20)
0.42 (7) Points/Play 0.36 (16)
396.8 (3) Yards/Gm 361.1 (24)
290.4 (4) Pass Yards/Gm 233.9 (9)
115.0 (16) Rush Yards/Gm 146.1 (32)
5.9 (5) Yards/Play 5.5 (19)
7.3 (13) Yards/Pass 7.1 (15)
4.5 (7) Yards/Rush 5.0 (32)
52.2% (1) 3rd Down % 37.1% (7)
60.3% (14) Red Zone % 50.8% (4)
25 (23) Turnovers 22 (14)
28 (4) Sacks 55 (1)

Steelers Offense Vs. Chiefs Defense

Steelers Offense Stats (Rank) Chiefs Defense
20.2 (21) Points/Gm 21.4 (8)
0.31 (22) Points/Play 0.34 (9)
315.4 (23) Yards/Gm 368.9 (27)
236.3 (15) Pass Yards/Gm 263.6 (25)
93.1 (29) Rush Yards/Gm 117.6 (21)
4.8 (28) Yards/Play 5.9 (28)
6.1 (29) Yards/Pass 7.3 (24)
3.9 (27) Yards/Rush 4.8 (31)
38.9% (18) 3rd Down % 40.2% (18)
54.0% (23) Red Zone % 57.1% (16)
20 (10) Turnovers 29 (5)
37 (16) Sacks 31 (28)

When The Chiefs Have The Ball

  • The Chiefs average 4.5 yards per rushing attempt (seventh in the NFL), while the Steelers give up 5.0 per carry (32nd in the league).
  • Kansas City has the third-ranked offense in the NFL in yards per game (396.8). They take on a Pittsburgh defense ranked 24th, allowing 361.1 yards per game.
  • The Chiefs have the 16th-ranked rushing offense in the NFL (115.0 yards per game), and will be facing the 32nd-ranked defense in that category, as the Steelers allow 146.1 per game.
  • Kansas City has the fourth-ranked offense in the NFL (28.2 points per game), and will be facing Pittsburgh’s 20th-ranked defense (23.4 ppg).

When The Steelers Have The Ball

  • The Steelers have a 0.31 point-per-play average (22nd in the NFL), and the Chiefs allow 0.34 per play (ninth in the league).
  • Pittsburgh’s offense is 21st in the NFL at 20.2 points per game. Kansas City allows 21.4 per game (eighth in the league).
  • The Chiefs’ defense has totaled 31 sacks (fifth-fewest in the NFL). The Steelers have given up 37 sacks to rank 16th in the league.
  • The 236.3 passing yards per game Pittsburgh averages ranks 15th in the NFL, while the 263.6 Kansas City gives up ranks 25th in the league.
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Chiefs Betting Trends And Insights

  • Kansas City is 8-9-0 ATS this season.
  • Kansas City and its opponents have combined to go over the point total 10 out of 17 times this season.
  • Kansas City and its opponents have combined to score more than 47 points in 10 of 17 games this season.
  • The Chiefs have been the moneyline favorite 17 total times this season. They’ve gone 12-5 in those games.

Steelers Betting Trends And Insights

  • Pittsburgh has compiled an 8-9-0 ATS record so far this year.
  • In Pittsburgh’s 17 chances this season, the combined scoring has gone over the point total six times.
  • Pittsburgh has played four games this season that ended with a point total over 47 points.
  • This season, the Steelers have been the underdog 10 times and won five of those games.

Chiefs Players To Watch

  • Patrick Mahomes II has passed for 4,839 yards (436-for-658), with 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions (284.6 yards per game). He’s also run the ball 66 times for 381 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Darrel Williams has taken 144 attempts for a team-high 558 rushing yards (32.8 per game) and six touchdowns. He’s also caught 47 passes for 452 yards with two touchdowns through the air.
  • So far this year Clyde Edwards-Helaire has rushed for 517 yards (43.1 per game), with four touchdowns.
  • Tyreek Hill has 111 catches (on 159 targets) and leads the team with 1,239 receiving yards (72.9 per game) while hauling in nine touchdowns.
  • Travis Kelce has been targeted 134 times and tacked on 1,125 yards (on 92 catches) plus nine touchdowns.
  • Mecole Hardman is averaging 40.8 yards per game, with 59 catches for 693 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Chris Jones has notched a team-leading 9.0 sacks, while adding 8.0 TFL and 27 tackles.
  • Nick Bolton’s 112 tackles and 11.0 TFL mean he’s the team’s top tackler.
  • Tyrann Mathieu has picked off three passes to lead the team while adding 76 tackles, 2.0 TFL, 1.0 sack, and six passes defended.

Steelers Players To Watch

  • This campaign, Ben Roethlisberger has racked up 3,740 passing yards (220.0 per game) while completing 390 of 605 passes (64.5%), with 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
  • Najee Harris has churned out a team-best 1,200 rushing yards (70.6 per game) and seven touchdowns. He has added 74 receptions for 467 yards and three TDs.
  • Benny Snell Jr. has run for 98 yards on 36 carries (5.8 yards per game).
  • Diontae Johnson has racked up 107 catches for 1,161 yards, best on his team, and eight touchdowns. He averages 68.3 receiving yards per game.
  • Chase Claypool’s stat line this year reveals 59 catches for 860 yards and two touchdowns. He puts up 50.6 receiving yards per game.
  • Pat Freiermuth is averaging 29.2 receiving yards per game, racking up 60 receptions (79 targets) for 497 yards and seven touchdowns.
  • This season T.J. Watt leads the team with 22.5 sacks and has added 21.0 TFL and 64 tackles.
  • This season Minkah Fitzpatrick has racked up 124 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and two interceptions, leading his team in tackles.
  • This season Ahkello Witherspoon leads the team with three interceptions and has added 15 tackles, 1.0 TFL, and nine passes defended.

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