Hello, football fans and welcome to the Fuel Tank! In this exciting column, we will be breaking down one of the hottest NFL debate topics and then I will be giving my viewpoint on the topic while breaking down why the opposition is false. Please don’t bash anyone or post any hateful comments as everyone has a right to their own opinion! With that said, let’s jump right into today’s story.
The reigning Super Bowl Champions are yet again making another push for their next ring; however, many intimidating foes still stand in their way this season, like the Bucs and the Saints. Their playoff chances are rather high, and I don’t see them getting ousted out of them, so we must look into the glaring future of the playoffs and which team they should be wary of. With that, which team do I believe is the biggest threat to them to take the crown? It’s simple really; it’s none other than the one’s the dawn the Steel Curtain, one of the most infamous franchises in the NFL’s century-long existence: the Pittsburg Steelers!
Here’s why I believe as such:
1. Their monstrous defense
Let’s see; they’re ranked 3rd in pass defense by only allowing 203.5 passing yards per game, ranked 7th in rush defense allowing 103.4 rushing yards per game, have a contender for Defensive Player of the Year in T.J Watt, have one of the most lethal safeties in the league in Minkah Fitzpatrick, three players in the top ten in sacks this season (Watt, Dupree, and Tuitt), have two players in the top ten for tackles for loss (Watt and Williams), have Robert Spillane who is allowing the 2nd-least passer rating allowed this season (41.8), and then some. There are many more instances I could go off of; however, these stats alone do their defense justice. Even with an explosive offense, it’ll be troublesome to deal and breakthrough that defense.
2. Big Ben
If I had to choose one player to be an MVP finalist, it would be none other than Ben Roethlisberger himself. Besides leading the Steelers to a 10-0 record, he has thrown for 2,534 yards, 24 touchdowns (5th-best), 67.1 completion percentage, and a 101.4 quarterback rating. He has done all this with only five interceptions on the season, which among some of the lowest in the league. Though I don’t think he’ll win MVP, he has had a spectacular season so far and is one of the main contributors to their success.
The Chiefs’ pass defense has been soft as of late, and a good example to showcase this is last week against the Raiders. They need to step up, or else if they play them (and they probably will), it will be a messy road towards the Super Bowl.
We have to give credit where credit is due, Coach of the Year is either going towards Tomlin or Flores, but if Tomlin keeps on doing what’s he’s been doing, he’ll win it with absolute ease. His play-calling has been exceptional, the way he has been able to utilize everyone on the roster, like rookie Chase Claypool, has been extraordinary to watch as an NFL fan, and just about everything he has done has earned him the right to be sitting at 10-0. He, plus offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner and defensive coordinator Keith Butler are a trio to watch out for this year in the AFC. They’ll give Reid, Mahomes, and the rest of the Chiefs’ players and coaches a run for their money if they play against each other.
Addressing the other side
What about the Raiders? They’re the only team to beat the Chiefs as of now
That’s true; however, they aren’t undefeated, and I don’t think anyone can argue that the Raiders are better than the leaders of the AFC unless they’re one of those delusional fans. Plus, the Chiefs have already beaten them once. The victory lap the Raiders did to them left a bad taste in their mouth, so I’m pretty sure they won’t ever let that happen again.
How about the Colts?
That defense could give them the ride of a lifetime, but I’d still go Steelers all the way. They’re a more complete team than the Colts. Chiefs versus Colts matchup would still be an interesting game if they play against each other.
Who do you think is the biggest threat to the Chiefs in the AFC? Leave a comment down below to join the discussion. Thanks for reading, and have a spectacular day!