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Cassel, who has only played in seven games this season, will start for the Chiefs against the Steelers with Brady Quinn out with a concussion. (Photo: Reuters)
The Steelers haven't lost a home Monday night game in more than two decades and have won 14 Monday night games in a row at home by an average of more than two touchdowns. As for the Chiefs, they're trying to avoid losing six straight games, which likely stands a good chance of not happening since they have yet to lead any opponent in regulation this season.
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Many believed the Steelers to be a passing team going into the season and early on given an aging defense and a platoon running game. However, both aspects have been the staples of the team lately.
Pittsburgh is the NFL's best defense (262.6 yards per game), having allowed just 15 points after halftime during their three-game winning streak after surrendering 68 in their first five games. Against the Giants last Sunday, the team allowed minus-nine yards in the final 15 minutes to keep their 10-point rally going and eventually win.
In terms of the ground game, the Steelers were averaging 74.8 yards per game through Week 6, good for 31st in the NFL. Since then, they've more than doubled their average to 155.0 yards per game during their winning streak despite a revolving backfield of Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer. Dwyer didn't play against the Giants because of a strained right quad, but both he and starter Rashard Mendenhall could play Monday night.
Ben Roethlisberger, who threw for 193 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the Steelers' 13-9 win at Kansas City last season, has 31 TDs, six INTs and a 104.6 passer rating in his last 16 regular-season home games.
Meanwhile, Matt Cassel will start for the Chiefs with Brady Quinn out with a concussion. Cassel will most likely need to cut down on the turnovers to even give his team a chance. This season, he's thrown 11 interceptions and fumbled eight times, losing seven.
Overall, the Chiefs' offense has 29 turnovers -- 21 more than the Steelers and 10 more than anyone else in the league. However, it is a unit that's the NFL's best at converting third downs (51.3 percent).
Defensively, the team is allowing 30.0 points per game and 8.90 yards per pass attempt - the worst in the NFL. Since cornerback Stanford Routt was cut this week, Javier Arenas will move into the starting lineup opposite Brandon Flowers.
It looks like Kansas City's secondary, though, will catch a break with Steelers receiver Antonio Brown doubtful after spraining his ankle against the Giants. Emmanuel Sanders will likely start then if Brown can't go, and he'll also likely be returning punts -- normally Brown's job -- and kicks if Chris Rainey (ribs) is out.