In spite of the injury to Ben Rothelisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers have kept themselves in the AFC Central mix.
And things are only looking up as the team prepares for the return of their star quarterback. Rothelisberger took his first snaps in practice on Wednesday sharing the workload with backup Landry Jones. Last Sunday, Jones took over when Michael Vick was injured but quickly demonstrated why he should have been the starter all along, completing 8/12 passes for 168 yards and 2 touchdowns. Rothelisberger’s status for this Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs is officially still in question, but Jones will likely get the start. With the defense playing well and the offense finally getting on track, Pittsburgh is going to be a force in the AFC Central. The Steelers are anxious to take back control of their destiny when they meet the yet to be defeated Cincinnatti Bengals on November 1st.
But before they start to think about the Bengals, Pittsburgh must focus on taking care of business on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs — who appear to be in complete disarray. With a record of 1-5, however, the Chiefs will be looking to turn their season around with a win this Sunday. Coach Andy Reid is faced with the tough combination of a team with poor execution and a number of injuries to key players. The upside for Kansas City is that three of there losses have come by seven points or less. If they can just a little momentum their season could make a dramatic turn in the right direction. But the pressure is going to be on this Sunday. Not only do the Steelers have a skilled defense, but they are featuring the best running back in the NFL and a cadre of wide receivers that can make life tough on a struggling secondary.