Nuge's Nuggets

If the Pittsburgh Steelers are experiencing a Super Bowl hangover, they're looking at the Kansas City Chiefs as a possible Bloody Mary to get their season back on track.

Honestly, the Steelers aren't as good as they were last year. Throw that Super Bowl champs thing out the window. This isn't that team. At the same time, the Steelers definitely aren't chumps. They're down and the Chiefs get the opportunity to be the team that gets to poke a wounded animal in its lair. A win against the Chiefs would be a nice way to kick off the rest of their season.

It already looks tight in the AFC with the Bengals, Chargers, Ravens, Colts, Jaguars and Broncos getting off to fast starts. The Chiefs need this win to gain more confidence and the Steelers need this win to keep their season alive. Another loss this early in the season would realistically kill their playoff hopes.

The Chiefs did a great job of digging themselves out of the 0-2 hole, but they're going to have to be even better over the next four games. Playing .500 ball won't cut it, and this will be against better competition than the Cardinals and the 49ers.

After the Steelers, the Chiefs get a home game against the San Diego Chargers, a team that hits so hard that opponents are looking into taking out restraining orders against their front seven. After that, they've got the Seattle Seahawks, the other Super Bowl participant, and a team with a major chip on its shoulder. They got jobbed in the big game, and then spent the offseason listening to people telling them to deal with it. So despite losing two of their biggest offensive weapons and the best guard in football, they've fought to a 3-1 record. Should be a fun game.

After all that, they travel to St. Louis to play this year's surprise team, the Rams. Of course, no one knows if they're actually as good as their 4-1 record indicates, but after winning a few you can bet they think they are, and who's to tell them they aren't? I wouldn't.

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The Chiefs are perilously thin at tackle, with injuries to Kyle Turley and Will Svitek. Jordan Black's been holding it down, but don't be surprised if John Welbourn ends up back in the fold after serving his league-mandated drug suspension. Even if Welbourn comes back, the Chiefs are still thin at left tackle. That's where the problem is. The Chiefs are going to continue to be thin at left tackle because Turley's back is going to be an issue all season.

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I keep saying this, but start looking for rookie running back Derrick Ross. The Chiefs activated him for his first game this weekend. After watching Dee Brown fumble the ball twice in the red zone, the Chiefs can't be happy. They beat the Cardinals, but the Chiefs could have gotten the ball in the end zone, and that would have made things all the more difficult on Arizona.

I'm hearing that Ross is going to get his opportunity. Soon.

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Remember the name Michael Bragg. He's the young cornerback the Chiefs promoted to the active roster this week, and he's a guy they're very high on. Check the archives for the interview we did with him earlier this season.

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