KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 27: Running back Mewelde Moore #21 of the Pittsburgh Steelers fumbles the ball into the end zone against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half on November 27, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Steelers Vs. Chiefs: Pittsburgh Survives Late Kansas City Surge, Wins 13-9

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Troy Polamalu Injury Update: Pittsburgh Steelers Safety Has 'Very Mild Concussion,' Says Report

Troy Polamalu left the Pittsburgh Steelers' 13-9 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football with what coach Mike Tomlin called after the game "concussion-like symptoms." According to Steelers Depot, citing sources, "a very mild concussion and a stinger" is what forced Polamalu out of the game. Though it's unclear what that injury means for Polamalu's availability next Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, Steelers Depot believes "Polamalu should be good to go" for that contest.

The one-time Defensive Player of the Year suffered the injury in the first period when trying to bring down Chiefs offensive tackle Steve Maneri, who had lined up in the backfield as an eligible receiver on the play. Polamalu's helmet made contact with Maneri's leg. He lay on the field following the play as trainers tended to him, and walked uneasily off the field. Ryan Mundy replaced him at safety.

Tomlin will address the media Tuesday for his weekly press conference. He is expected to offer more details on Polamalu's health then.

For complete Steelers coverage, please visit Behind the Steel Curtain.

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Steelers Vs. Chiefs: Pittsburgh Plays Just Well Enough To Escape Kansas City With Important Win

The Steelers barely pulled out a win against the hapless, injury-riddled Kansas City Chiefs. But a win is a win.

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Steelers Vs. Chiefs Final Score: Dwayne Bowe Kills Chiefs Late Drive As Steelers Win 13-9

The Pittsburgh Steelers started the fourth quarter with the football and a 13- 6 lead over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Steelers punted the football after only three plays however, giving the ball back to the Chiefs. The Chiefs were able to move down the field with a 13-play 70 yard drive that ended in a questionable field goal by Ryan Succop. The Chiefs were down a touchdown, but decided to go for the field goal instead of attempting to get the first down, which still forced the Chiefs to have to score a touchdown if they wanted to win the game.

With the Steelers holding just a 13-9 lead late in the fourth quarter, they needed to move the football down the field to add some more points and put the game out of reach, but the Chiefs defense buckled down and forced a punt. It looked like the Chiefs were going to at least make it interesting late in the fourth quarter, with Palko driving the Chiefs down the field with just under a minute left. With 38 seconds left, however, Tyler Palko sailed a pass to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who didn't even attempt to catch the pass while it was picked off by Keenan Lewis, sealing the victory for the Steelers.

For more on Pittsburgh, please visit Behind the Steel Curtain, SB Nation's Steelers blog. For more on Kansas City, please visit Arrowhead Pride, SB Nation's Chiefs blog. For coverage of Sunday's Steelers vs. Chiefs matchup, please visit this StoryStream.

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Steelers Vs. Chiefs: Pittsburgh Stands With 13-6 Lead As Fourth Quarter Starts

The Pittsburgh Steelers carried a 13-6 lead out of halftime, but neither team could do much on the offensive side of the football. On the Steelers opening drive, they were methodically begin to move the ball down the field, but the drive ended when Ben Roethlisberger was picked off by Travis Daniels. Roethlisberger thought he could fit the ball in down field, but Daniels made a play on the ball returning it 25-yards.

The Chiefs couldn't do anything off the turnover however, going three-and-out. Neither teams offense did much after that, getting a few first downs but ultimately trading punts.

The third quarter ended with the same score as it began, 13-6 Steelers.

For more on Pittsburgh, please visit Behind the Steel Curtain, SB Nation's Steelers blog. For more on Kansas City, please visit Arrowhead Pride, SB Nation's Chiefs blog. For coverage of Sunday's Steelers vs. Chiefs matchup, please visit this StoryStream.

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Maurkice Pouncey Injury: Steelers Center Out With 'Illness'

Earlier in the first half, Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey left the game with what has been deemed and "illness." With Pouncey out at the center position, lineman Doug Legursky will take his place. Pouncey is a key component to the Steelers offense, making the line calls and pulling on some running plays.

Pouncey has been a staple on the offensive line since his rookie season and when he's out it is a noticeable difference. So far against the Chiefs however, it hasn't had too much of a big effect on the Steelers offense. At this time, there is no update on what the "illness" is for Pouncey. Dave Bryan of Steelers Depot has speculated that Pouncey might have the flu.

For more on Pittsburgh, please visit Behind the Steel Curtain, SB Nation's Steelers blog. For more on Kansas City, please visit Arrowhead Pride, SB Nation's Chiefs blog. For coverage of Sunday's Steelers vs. Chiefs matchup, please visit this StoryStream.

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Steelers Vs. Chiefs Halftime Update: Pittsburgh Takes 13-6 Lead To Halftime

The Pittsburgh Steelers began the second quarter with the ball, thanks to an Ike Taylor interception as the first quarter ended. The drive lasted only three plays, but the Steelers were setup right in field goal range, allowing Shaun Suisham to drill home the 21-yard field goal to tie the game up 3-3. On the very next play for the Chiefs, quarterback Tyler Palko was once again picked off, this time by safety Ryan Mundy.

Once again the Steelers were able to capitalize on the turnover and field position. The drive looked like it was going to stall out once again when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was sacked on third down, but the Chiefs were flagged for defensive holding giving the drive new life. Two plays later, Roethlisberger connected with Weslye Sanders for the 2-yard touchdown.

The teams then decided to trade punts and the Chiefs began to drive down the football field. Thanks to a long catch and run by receiver Steve Breaston, the Chiefs set themselves up for a 49-yard Ryan Succop field goal to cut the Steelers lead to 10-6. With under five minutes left in the half however, Ben Roethlisberger led the team down the field for another Suisham field goal. The 49-yarder was Suisham's longest as a Steeler.

For more on Pittsburgh, please visit Behind the Steel Curtain, SB Nation's Steelers blog. For more on Kansas City, please visit Arrowhead Pride, SB Nation's Chiefs blog. For coverage of Sunday's Steelers vs. Chiefs matchup, please visit this StoryStream.

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Steelers Vs. Chiefs Score Update: Chiefs Hold Early 3-0 Lead

The Pittsburgh Steelers let the Chiefs move the football a bit on their opening drive, getting down to the Steelers 23-yard line before the drive stalled out. Kicker Ryan Succop drilled the 41-yard field goal to take the early lead over the Steelers.

On the ensuing drive, the Pittsburgh Steelers marched right down the football field with ease. The Steelers marched all the way down to the 8-yard line, but running back Mewelde Moore coughed up the football and the Chiefs recovered the fumble. Four plays later however, the Chiefs coughed up the football and gave it right back to the Steelers when quarterback Tyler Palko fumbled the ball away.

The Steelers drive after the turnover went backwards after the Steelers converted a fourth and short however, thanks to a holding call and a sack on third down. The very next play, however, Tyler Palko was picked off by Ike Taylor. It was Taylor's first interception in the last 22 games, his last one coming on Halloween against the New Orleans Saints.

For more on Pittsburgh, please visit Behind the Steel Curtain, SB Nation's Steelers blog. For more on Kansas City, please visit Arrowhead Pride, SB Nation's Chiefs blog. For coverage of Sunday's Steelers vs. Chiefs matchup, please visit this StoryStream.

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Troy Polamalu Injury: Steelers Safety Goes Down With Possible Concussion

The Pittsburgh Steelers allowed a few big plays early in the game as the Kansas City Chiefs moved the football down the field. The Chiefs connected on a pass to offensive lineman (yes, offensive lineman) Steve Maneri for a one-yard gain. Safety Troy Polamalu dove for the tackle and wound up getting himself kneed in the head by Maneri. Polamalu went down, looking like he was knocked out.

Polamalu has dealt with concussion issues in the past and was seen taking a concussion test on the sideline. His availability for the remainder of the game is unknown at this time.

To finish out the drive, the Chiefs kicked a field goal to take the early 3-0 lead.

For more on Pittsburgh, please visit Behind the Steel Curtain, SB Nation's Steelers blog. For more on Kansas City, please visit Arrowhead Pride, SB Nation's Chiefs blog. For coverage of Sunday's Steelers vs. Chiefs matchup, please visit this StoryStream.

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Steelers Vs. Chiefs Injury Report: Pittsburgh's LaMarr Woodley Inactive, Kyle Orton Inactive for Kansas City

The Pittsburgh Steelers travel to Kansas City on Sunday night for a primetime national television matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs. LaMarr Woodley was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report, and just an hour and a half before kickoff, the Steelers announced that he will inactive. Other players listed as questionable who join Woodley on the inactive list include wide receiver Arnaz Battle and linebacker Stevenson Sylvester. The official Steelers account tweeted complete group of inactives, listed below:

Inactives: QB Dixon, ILB Stevenson, OLB Woodley, T Meredith, DE Woods, NT Hoke, WR Battle.
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As for the Chiefs, newly signed Kansas City quarterback Kyle Orton will be inactive tonight, as Pitt alum Tyler Palko will be under center for KC. The complete list of Chiefs inactives below:

QB Kyle Orton
TE Jake O'Connell
OG Ryan Lilja
DE Brandon Bair
NT Jerrell Powe
LB Demorrio Williams
DB Donald Washington

For more on Pittsburgh, please visit Behind the Steel Curtain, SB Nation's Steelers blog. For more on Kansas City, please visit Arrowhead Pride, SB Nation's Chiefs blog. For coverage of Sunday's Steelers vs. Chiefs matchup, please visit this StoryStream.

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NFL Scores, Week 12: Bengals Beat Browns, Texans Lose Matt Leinart In Victory

Here’s a look at Week 12 scores from 1:00 Sunday games around the NFL.

Most crucially for Steelers fans, the Bengals beat the Browns 23-20, which means the Bengals are now 7-4, just a half-game behind the Steelers and a game behind the Ravens in the AFC North. The Bengals probably won’t still be hanging around at the end of the year, but it’s way too early to count them out.

The Texans beat the Jaguars 20-13, but Matt Leinart suffered a shoulder injury, which could prove costly for Houston, which has already lost Matt Schaub.

Mark Sanchez threw for four touchdowns (despite otherwise being unimpressive, completing 17 of 35 passes for 180 yards) as the Jets beat the Bills, 28-24.

The Falcons moved to 7-4 by beating the Vikings 24-14. Chris Johnson had 190 yards rushing as the Titans beat the Bucs, 23-17. The Panthers beat the winless Colts, 27-19. And the Cardinals stopped the Rams, 23-20.

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Week 12 NFL Schedule: Times And TV Info For Steelers Vs. Chiefs, Patriots Vs. Eagles, And More

Several games have been played already (the Packers beat the Lions, the Cowboys edged the Dolphins, and the hated Ravens beat the 49ers), but here’s the NFL TV schedule for the remainder of Week 12.

CBS’ 1:00 schedule on Sunday features an AFC North matchup between the Browns and Bengals, as well as other games between the Bills and Jets and the Texans and Jaguars. FOX, meanwhile, has the Bucs and Titans, Vikings and Falcons, Cardinals and Rams, and Panthers and Colts.

At 4:05, FOX has the Bears and Raiders and the Redskins and Seahawks. At 4:15, CBS features the Patriots and Eagles and the Broncos and Chargers.

The Sunday-night game is, of course, the Steelers and Chiefs, at 8:20 PM on NBC.

On Monday night, the Giants take on the Saints at 8:30 PM on ESPN.

SB Nation has a blog for every team, so stay tuned to our network for more NFL coverage.

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Mike Wallace Fantasy Projection (Update)

The Pittsburgh Steelers get ready to face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. Coming off the bye week, the Steelers have had a chance to get healthy. Wide receiver Mike Wallace should have a good night against a reeling Chiefs defense. Here is what numberFire projects for Wallace on Sunday:

5.41 rec for 81.15 yds, 0.66 TDs for 12.18 pts

The Chiefs defense currently ranks 13th against the pass this season, allowing 229.6 passing yards per game. Wallace is one of the best fantasy plays at wide receiver and there is no reason he should not be in your starting line up as either WR1 or WR2. Wallace is a constant threat for a long touchdown reception and averages nearly 100 receiving yards per game.

For more on the game between the Steelers and Chiefs, visit SB Nation's Steelers blog Behind the Steel Curtain. For more on the Chiefs, visit SB Nation's Chiefs blog Arrowhead Pride.

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Steelers Vs. Chiefs: Time, TV Schedule, Radio Streaming And More

Fresh off their bye week, the Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3) and their banged-up quarterback head to Kansas City for a Sunday night showdown against the Chiefs (4-6).

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Chiefs Injury Report, Week 12: Kansas City Close To Full Strength For Week 12 Tilt Against Steelers

At 4-6, the Kansas City Chiefs are in a precarious position heading into their Week 12 home matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Chiefs are by no means out of contention in the AFC West, still just two games behind the Oakland Raiders and a single game behind the second place Broncos. But the margin for error is certainly small for Kansas City, and their Week 12 opponent will obviously be a tough test.

The good news for Chiefs fans is the roster is in good shape health-wise. The only player ruled out for Sunday night is G Ryan Lilja, who will sit out with a head injury for precautionary reasons after being concussed in Kansas City's Week 11 loss to the Patriots on Monday Night Football.  Otherwise, the only other players listed as even questionable are DE Glenn Dorsey (knee), S Jon McGraw (shoulder), LB Demorrio Williams (groin). McGraw was able to practice fully later in the week, and Dorsey and Williams were limited, but nonetheless participants in KC's practice preparations for the visiting Steelers.

For more Chiefs coverage leading up to Sunday night, visit Arrowhead Pride. For all things Steelers, Behind the Steel Curtain has you covered.

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Steelers Injury Report, Week 12: James Harrison And Troy Polamalu Both Probable For Sunday Night Game Against Chiefs

The Pittsburgh Steelers will have had two weeks of rest and preparation when they return to action on Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Steelers look to continue their winning ways under Mike Tomlin coming off the bye -- the team has won three of four since 2007, with wins in three consecutive games when Tomlin and his staff have had two weeks to prepare.

Despite the extra week of rest, the Steelers still have some serious concerns on the injury front, namely on defense to three key contributors -- LaMarr Woodley, James Harrison and Troy Polamalu. Woodley will apparently miss his third consecutive game with a hamstring injury originally hurt during the Steelers' win over New England.  Though listed as limited in practice all week, Woodley's involvement has reportedly been limited to non-contact jogging and exercise drills.

James Harrison (back) was limited on Friday but is listed as probable for Sunday night. Knowing Harrison, he'll be out there giving it his best effort, particularly because his running mate on the opposite side, Woodley, won't be available. Steelers fans will have to be patient and wait longer for the two to again be in the lineup together.

Polamalu, meanwhile, participated fully in practice on Friday. He too is listed as probable with the ribs injury sustained during the Steelers' Week 10 win over Cincinnati.

View the rest of the Steelers' injury report on the team's website, and visit Behind the Steel Curtain for more news and fan discussion about Week 12 as the Steelers return from their bye to make a run at the playoffs.

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Week 12 NFL Lines And Odds: Steelers Heavily Favored Vs. Chiefs

The Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3) enter Sunday's matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs (4-6) as heavy favorites. According to SB Nation partner OddsShark, the oddsmakers initially favored the Steelers by 10.5 points on the road, but that line has shifted to as high as 11.5 in some outlets. The over-under is 39.5.

No doubt contributing to the big spread is the absence of Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel, who is out for the season with a broken right (throwing) hand. Second-year quarterback Tyler Palko will take his place. In his first start for Cassel, Palko completed 24-of-37 (64.9 percent) passes for 230 yards, but also threw three interceptions and no touchdowns as the New England Patriots rolled the Chiefs, 34-3. Further, Kansas City is coming off a short week, as it played that loss to New England on Monday Night Football.

Palko's inexperience, coupled with the Steelers' defensive excellence--Pittsburgh allows just 17.9 points per game, No. 4 in the NFL--put the odds squarely against Kansas City. However, it is worth noting the Steelers were 11.5-point favorites in the last meeting between these teams, also played at Arrowhead Stadium, and they fell to the Chiefs in overtime, 27-24.

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Ravens Win Over 49ers Likely Wraps Up Division, Steelers Eye Wild Card Spot

After defeating the 49ers, the Baltimore Ravens probably have the AFC North all wrapped up.

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Ben Roethlisberger Fantasy Projection: Steelers QB Expected To Produce Well In Week 12

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has proven a consistently strong fantasy option during the 2011 season, but with a broken thumb on his right (throwing) hand, he and the Steelers will have to adjust their game plan when they take on the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday, Nov. 27. How will Roethlisberger fare against the Chiefs' porous defense, which allows 25.2 points per game?

SB Nation partner numberFire is optimistic about Roethlisberger's chances of turning in a solid, though not spectacular, performance from a fantasy standpoint. numberFire projects Roethlisberger to contribute 14.77 fantasy points by throwing for 247.78 yards and 1.43 touchdowns. That makes him the No. 10 fantasy quarterback for week 12, just behind Eli Manning and in front of Tim Tebow:

Roethlisberger last played the Chiefs in 2009, throwing for 398 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions, but Kansas City prevailed in overtime nonetheless.

Kansas City has allowed 18 passing touchdowns this season, which is No. 25 in the NFL; however, it also allows the fourth-fewest passing attempts in the league.

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Steelers Vs. Chiefs: Tyler Palko, Pittsburgh Native, Has Deep Steelers Connections

Despite the Chiefs’ acquisition of Kyle Orton this week, Tyler Palko will be making the start at quarterback against the Steelers. That’s noteworthy for a player who was born in Imperial, went to West Allegheny High School, and started at QB for Pitt. Scott Brown outlines the connections between Palko and the city of Pittsburgh and the Steelers.

“At an early age, my father never let me quit anything,” said Palko. “Whether it was playing an instrument, which I was terrible at, I still had to finish the year out at it. Growing up in Pittsburgh, being tough, learning how to handle adversity, that’s all part of it.”

Palko also played for the Steelers for a couple weeks in 2009, when injuries to Ben Roethlisberger and Charlie Batch forced the team to look outside the organization for quarterback help. (He was released shortly thereafter.) Also, Palko’s brother Luke once worked for the Steelers as a scouting intern.

For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain.

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Chiefs Injury Report Week 12: Ryan Lilja Out With Concussion

The Kansas City Chiefs got back to the practice field after losing on Monday Night Football, with really only one major injury on the report. Guard Ryan Lilja suffered a concussion against the New England Patriots when he was decleated on an interception return. Lilja has already been ruled out of this this weeks game against the Steelers with the concussion.

Safety Jon McGraw has been dealing with a shoulder injury for a few weeks, but he was a full participant in practice today. Defensive end Glenn Dorsey was a late scratch against the Patriots with a knee injury, but he also participated in full. The only other player listed was linebacker Demorrio Williams, who also practiced in full. All three are expected to play against the Steelers barring any setbacks.

For more on the game between the Steelers and Chiefs, visit SB Nation's Steelers blog Behind the Steel Curtain. For more on the Chiefs, visit SB Nation's Chiefs blog Arrowhead Pride.

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Steelers Injury Report Week 12: Ben Roethlisberger Limited With Thumb Injury

The Pittsburgh Steelers returned to practice today coming off of their bye week to prepare for the Kansas City Chiefs. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was limited in practice today, dealing with a thumb injury, but is expected to get the start against the Chiefs.  Roethlisberger will have trouble taking snaps from under center, so the Steelers will need to work more under center.

Linebacker LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) and wide receiver Arnaz Battle (hamstring) were also both limited in practice today. Safety Troy Polamalu returned to practice in full, dealing with a rib issue from the previous week. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders also practiced in full, who has been dealing with a knee injury. The bye week gave some key players time to recoup their injuries.

For more on the game between the Steelers and Chiefs, visit SB Nation's Steelers blog Behind the Steel Curtain. For more on the Chiefs, visit SB Nation's Chiefs blog Arrowhead Pride.

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Kyle Orton Claimed Off Waiver Wire By Chiefs

The Pittsburgh Steelers are getting ready to face off with the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, but it's possible they may not be facing backup quarterback Tyler Palko at all. The Denver Broncos released veteran quarterback Kyle Orton yesterday. Orton had to go through the waivers process and was ultimately claimed by the Chiefs.

It's unlikely that Orton will start for the Chiefs on Sunday, but they are still in the hunt for the AFC West and a Wild Card spot. Tyler Palko struggled in his start last week against the New England Patriots. As it stands, quarterback Tyler Palko is still slated to make the start against the Steelers, but with the claim of Orton it's possible he could see action against the Steelers.

For more on the game between the Steelers and Chiefs, visit SB Nation's Steelers blog, Behind the Steel Curtain. For more on the Chiefs, visit SB Nation's Chiefs blog, Arrowhead Pride.

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Ben Roethlisberger Injury Could Help Pittsburgh Steelers Against Kansas City Chiefs

To avoid risking further injury to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's broken right thumb, the Pittsburgh Steelers have elected not to have him take snaps under center when they visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday Night Football. Instead, they'll run their offense out of the Pistol formation, wherein the quarterback lines up roughly three yards behind the center. Neal Coolong of Behind the Steel Curtain, SB Nation's Steelers blog, argues the Pistol could aid Pittsburgh on a strategic level as well. One key difference between the Pistol and the Shotgun is the alignment of the running back. Coolong explains:

Out of the Pistol, the back is still lined up behind Roethlisberger, not tipping off their intentions on any play. He also has the time to be able to hand off with his left hand by utilizing a reverse pivot.

As Coolong notes, the Shotgun prompts the running back to line up evenly with the quarterback, and thus telegraphs which direction he'll run if the play indeed calls for a run. The Pistol introduces an element of unpredictability by stationing the running back behind the quarterback.

Further, Coolong says, the Pistol plays to Rashard Mendenhall's strengths as a runner:

Add in Mendenhall giving a jab step to his right to sell the defense on a run play to that side, he still can generate momentum to the left, and run downhill off the edge - that's when he's at his best.

The author describes how "22 Double," the Steelers' most effective run play, might work when run out of the Pistol formation. It's essential reading for Pitts fans who might be worried their quarterback's broken thumb could do the Steelers in against the Chiefs.

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Steelers Vs. Chiefs: Mike Tomlin Expects Ben Roethlisberger To Play Well Despite Broken Thumb

Despite the myriad injuries on both sides of the football, the Pittsburgh Steelers navigated the first ten weeks of the 2011 season successfully thanks in large part to Ben Roethlisberger’s stellar play. After a rough start to the year, Big Ben turned it up in a big way in the month of October. Beyond just the statistical production though, Roethlisberger’s toughness has allowed him to remain in the lineup despite dealing with nagging injuries for much of the year.

Roethlisberger’s latest physical setback came against Cincinnati when the sturdy QB broke the thumb on his right throwing hand. He didn’t leave the contest though — a 24-17 win by Pittsburgh — and his coach, Mike Tomlin, doesn’t expect the injury to keep him out of Pittsburgh’s Week 12 matchup in Kansas City against the Chiefs on Sunday Night Football.

“Those of us who know Ben understand that he’s going to show and show for his teammates,” Tomlin said.

Roethlisberger reportedly has been wearing a protective splint underneath the glove he dons on his throwing hand, and he has avoided taking snaps under center this week to avoid unnecessary pain and discomfort. But Tomlin again reiterated that he trusts Roethlisberger to manage the pain and play effectively like he’s done so many times in the past when entering a game injured.

“There’s a pain tolerance issue,” Tomlin said. “There’s a comfortability issue. All of those things will be sorted out throughout the course of the week. To be honest with you, I’m not overly concerned about (Roethlisberger’s) ability to be effective in the midst of this.”

For more on the Steelers, visit Behind the Steel Curtain.

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Steelers Vs. Chiefs: Pittsburgh Opens As 10.5 Point Favorites Over Kansas City

The Pittsburgh Steelers return to action this coming Sunday night against the Kansas City Chiefs. At 7-3, the Steelers are currently second in the AFC North and the No. 5 overall seed in the conference were the playoffs to start to day. The Chiefs, meanwhile, have lost two in a row to fall to 4-6, with their latest loss coming Monday night against the New England Patriots.

The opening line for the Week 12 matchup was 10.5 points in Pittsburgh’s favor. According to the data provided by Odds Shark, the line has moved to 11.5 at 5Dimes.

That is a high line, but as we saw last week with the Chiefs, the betting public poured money in on New England, so much so in fact that the opening line of 14.5 moved all the way to 17 before kickoff. And the Patriots still covered easily. I imagine that Pittsburgh won’t have much trouble stymieing Tyler Palko like New England did, and then score enough points to cover that 10-11 points quite easily.

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