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Scouting Report: Week 2 against the Pittsburgh Steelers After a great start to the season (on the road and against a divisional opponent) http://www.chiefsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-travis-kelce-jersey , the Kansas City Chiefs look to start their 2018 campaign with back-to-back road wins. In this post, the AP Nerd Squad gives you a quick scout of their opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers.Steelers offensePhoto by Justin Berl/Getty ImagesThe Steelers offense is chock full of talent at the skill positions, particularly at wide receiver, boasting one of the best tandems in the league with Antonio Brown and Juju Smith-Schuster. They’ll be without Le’Veon Bell, who has been the Chiefs’ kryptonite in recent years, but second-year man James Conner showed Week 1 that he can handle the load. The Steelers like to use big personnel to force teams into their base defense and isolate receivers in 1v1 matchups, as well as using RPOs to get the best schematic advantage that they can while on the field. (Craig)Key player to watch James Conner. Running back Le’Veon Bell has been a thorn in the Chiefs’ side in recent years. With the holdout continuing through the Chiefs matchup against the Steelers, it’s going to fall on Conner to step up. Will he cause the same issues? We should know early. If Conner doesn’t have similar success to Bell in the run and passing game, that’ll make me feel better about the outlook of the game. (Kent)How the Chiefs defense winsThe Chiefs defense will need to stay sound in their gap discipline in the run game, and the secondary is going to have to be willing to fill gaps and make tackles in support against big personnel. The Chiefs will need to put multiple looks on the field against Ben Roethlisberger, forcing him to have to take the extra second to evaluate what the defense is doing when reading players in their RPO calls. They’ll also have to make sure to make Roethlisberger pay for each of his poor decisions, as he will turn the ball over. If the Chiefs defense can secure those turnovers, and if Bob Sutton continues some of the unpredictability he showed Week 1 against the Chargers, the defense could manage to keep the Steelers offense in check. Read more in-depth analysis of what the Steelers offense does and how the Chiefs can try to stop them in my Advanced Scouting article this week! (Craig)Steelers defenseThere’s another Watt.Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesThe Steelers defense has had the Chiefs’ number over the last few years even has they transitioned out of the zone-blitz principle into a more traditional Cover 2 defense. Despite the transition, they continued to have success squatting on short routes and daring teams like the Chiefs to throw over the top on them or to challenge between the numbers. The strength of their defense lies up front with the spectacular defensive line, but you can challenge the second and third levels of the defense and find success. With Joe Haden hurt, that leaves Artie Burns and Cameron Sutton as their starting outside cornerbacks while Sean Davis and a mix of Morgan Burnett and Terrell Edmunds man the safety spots. It’s a lineup of defensive backs that is very prone to coverage breakdowns as well as getting beaten in one on one matchups against quality offensive weapons. (Matt)Key players to watchCornerbacks Cameron Sutton and Mike Hilton. Always challenge a third corner promoted to a second corner and fourth corner promoted to a third. The depth of the Steelers’ secondary will be tested in Joe Haden’s likely absence. The Chiefs can line up some terrifying players outside the numbers like Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce. I expect the Chiefs’ offense to try and expose the lack of depth at the position. It could lead to a breakout game for a pass catcher. (Kent)How the Chiefs offense winsThe Chiefs need to use multiple RB/TEs to force Pitt into playing their base defense and then take advantage of their lack of speed and get the ball outside of the tackle box. The Chiefs’ jet motion should be heavily used again both as a weapon and as distraction forcing the Pitt linebackers to react late and take advantage of their lack of athleticism. When taking to the air, the Chiefs will need to attack the high post as well as intermediate sideline (corners) zones of the defense. Whether Pitt plays man coverage or zone coverage under their two-deep safety shell Dustin Colquitt Jersey , the Chiefs offense should be able to find vertical space to take advantage of. The final curveball the Steelers will throw at the Chiefs and rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes is some zone-blitz looks. Getting the ball out quickly and do the hot reads on these plays is a key to forcing Pitt to play more predictably and passively. Read more in-depth analysis of what the Steelers defense does and how the Chiefs can attack them in my Advanced Scouting article this week! (Matt)Nerd Squad predictionsPhoto by Justin K. Aller/Getty ImagesCraig: Sutton’s looks in Week 1 have definitely already adjusted the Steelers’ gameplan for Week 2, and if he can pull a couple more rabbits out of the hat while bracketing Brown, the Chiefs could manage to keep the Steelers offense on the sidelines long enough to allow the Chiefs offense to build up an early lead. Pittsburgh makes a comeback late, but it s thwarted by a late Kendall Fuller interception. Chiefs 38 - Steelers 31Matt: This matchup could go differently than every other Chiefs-Steelers matchups based purely on the personnel in key areas both teams are working with. Patrick Mahomes should be able to take advantage of the open windows downfield, forcing the Steelers to stop the deep ball opening up underneath for Andy Reid’s scheme to take over. The Chiefs defense surprises as Dee Ford and Chris Jones continue their hot starts and the second and third levels begin to gel. The Chiefs and Steelers go back and forth in the first half before the Chiefs offense proves to be better and finishes their drives at a higher rate. Chiefs 31 - Steelers 23Kent: I expect the defense to take a step forward and the offense to have another productive day. The Chiefs will play a little more ball control to limit the snaps for the defense and keep the unit fresh. The Chiefense communicates a little better with another game to work together and Sammy Watkins scores his first touchdown as a Chief. Chiefs 28 - Steelers 23 The coach changed. Everything else with the Cleveland Browns stayed the same.Unable to slow Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City's thrill-a-minute offense, the Browns were soundly beaten 鈥?and beaten up 鈥?in a 37-21 loss on Sunday in Cleveland's first game under interim coach Gregg Williams.Mahomes threw two touchdown passes to Cleveland native Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt, another local kid who drove past FirstEnergy Stadium almost every day, scored three TDs as the Chiefs (8-1) overpowered the banged-up Browns (2-6-1) while sending them to their fourth straight loss.It doesn't figure to get better anytime soon for Cleveland, which had three more defensive starters get injured.The pain isn't going away."We have to keep going 鈥?next man up," defensive end Myles Garrett said. "We have to do the best with what we have."The loss ended another tumultuous few days for the Browns, whose promising 2-2-1 start has dissolved into more disarray.Still, rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield managed to extract some positives. He passed for 297 yards and two touchdowns."Offensively, I think there was a lot more good in this game than we had in the past," said Mayfield, who twice connected with running back Duke Johnson on scores. "There is a lot to build on, but there is obviously so much more room for improvement. When you are playing a team like that, you have to stay in the game."You have to give yourself chances. You have to do the little things right. You have to chip away, take time off of the clock just because of the offense that they have. There was a lot of good on offense, but we just have to keep getting better."Cleveland's hopes of staying with the Chiefs took a major hit when defensive backs Damarious Randall (groin), E.J. Gaines (concussion) and Denzel Ward (hip) were sidelined by injuries. Randall was scratched before the kickoff Authentic Justin Houston Jersey , and after Gaines and Ward went down in the first quarter, linebacker Christian Kirksey (hamstring) got hurt.Stopping the Chiefs with a full roster is tough.Short-handed, it's impossible.The Browns were already missing Pro Bowl linebacker Joe Schobert, who sat out his third game in a row with a hamstring injury."The biggest thing that really affected us was that we lost two of our starting corners in the first drive," cornerback T.J. Carrie said. "That definitely put us in a different situation. We practice with those guys throughout the week, and when those guys go down, it changes the game plan. They are a high-powered offense, and I don't think we did a good job at all stopping their momentum."The injuries put more pressure on Williams, who did not relinquish his duties as defensive coordinator after being asked to replace Hue Jackson, who was fired on Monday along with offensive coordinator Todd Haley.The Browns may have been outmanned by the more talented Chiefs, but Williams liked how his players fought through a week full of adversity."I never saw any flinch," he said. "Never saw a flinch today. Never saw body language poor today. You have to build on that. This is the National Football League. There are no excuses. You have to continue to get better. You have to. We all have to."Williams set an early tone for his shell-shocked team with a fourth-down gamble on Cleveland's first possession. The Browns converted then, but Williams' choice to go for a 2-point conversion in the second quarter resulted in the Browns chasing points all afternoon.Cleveland went 0 for 3 on conversion tries.Following the game, Mayfield and Mahomes met at mid-field and shared a hug and some words of encouragement. They've been friends for years, college rivals and part of the NFL's next wave of young quarterbacks.While Mahomes appears to have it all 鈥?more talented teammates, a stable franchise ?right now, Mayfield doesn't think the Browns have to try to replicate Kansas City's offense."What we do is perfectly fine," he said. "We just have to be better at it. They have guys who are making their plays. Their quarterback is putting it in the right spot. He is giving them a chance to win. We just have to be better. We are not going to abandon ship with what we are doing and try to do the Chiefs offense. We just have to trust our guys, trust our playmakers and do our job."

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