Game Scout

The time, place, TV channel, injuries and further breakdown on the Steelers' game Sunday in Kansas City:

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (2-7)

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:00 ET

GAMEDATE: 11/22/09


TV: CBS (Ian Eagle, Rich Gannon)

PREDICTION: Steelers 34-17

KEYS TO THE GAME: The only way for the Chiefs to slow down Pittsburgh's offense is to generate pressure on QB Ben Roethlisberger similar to what Cincinnati accomplished last Sunday. Problem is, the Chiefs have just 12 sacks on the season. They don't defend the run or pass particularly well, so Roethlisberger and RB Rashard Mendenhall should combine to keep the defense off balance. RB Jamaal Charles showed flashes of potential last Sunday and will be instrumental in helping Kansas City control the tempo. The Chiefs lack the passing game to get locked in a shootout - especially minus suspended WR Dwayne Bowe - so Charles must be the lynchpin.

Need to know: Roethlisberger has been sacked 27 times and is on pace to exceed 45 for the fourth consecutive season. ... WR Chris Chambers has six catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns in two games with the Chiefs.



* SS Troy Polamalu and DE Travis Kirschke will not play Sunday. Polamalu has a sprained left PCL and Kirschke has a torn calf muscle.

* RB Willie Parker will get every third series on Sunday if things go according to plan, said Bruce Arians. The Steelers' offensive coordinator admitted that was the plan the past two games, when things did not work out for keeping the planned rotation for one reason or another.

* TE Heath Miller will be used more on passing plays vs. the Chiefs this Sunday. Arians said Miller was kept in to block more often vs. the Bengals and that is why he had only 26 yards receiving, on four catches.

* WR Limas Sweed will dress for his third straight game and has worked his way back into the coaches' favor after three straight weeks of strong practices, Arians noted.


* Former Steelers OLB Mike Vrabel, RG Andy Alleman, and RB/RS Dantrell Savage are doubtful for the game. Vrabel suffered a left knee injury in last Sunday's game against Oakland. It would be the first time Vrabel has missed a game in six seasons. Alleman also has knee injury. Savage sprained his ankle against Oakland.

* OL Wade Smith has been working at right guard this week and is the likely replacement for Alleman. Smith has been very busy in the last month, filling in at various times at center, guard and tackle.

* OLB Andy Studebaker, the pride of Division III Wheaton College, will likely get the starting spot of the injured Vrabel.

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