Sep 16, 2012; Pittsburgh , PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) talks with offensive coordinator Todd Haley during the second half of the game against the New York Jets at Heinz Field. The Steelers won the game, 27-10. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-US PRESSWIRE

Scouting the AFC North: Steelers Host Chiefs on Monday Night Football Ahead of Divisional Showdown with Ravens



The Pittsburgh Steelers host the Kansas City Chiefs tonight on Monday Night Football and will feature former Chiefs Head Coach and current Steelers offensive coordinator   Todd Haley, who won’t hesitate to run up the score on his former team after they fired him mid-season last year.  The Steelers currently hold the longest home winning-streak in the history of Monday Night Football, winning 14 straight at home.


January 15, 2011; Pittsburgh, PA, USA: Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison (92) sacks Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) during the third quarter of the 2011 AFC divisional playoff game at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USPRESSWIRE

After Pittsburgh likely dispatches the Chiefs tonight, they’ll host the AFC North-leading Baltimore Ravens this Sunday in primetime in a game that may very well decide the outcome of the division and who earns a home playoff game. In each of the past two seasons, the winner of the North has won at least two playoff games, making Sunday’s showdown even more important to not just the AFC North, but the entire AFC.

The Ravens are coming off of a 55-20 thrashing of the Carson Palmer-led Oakland Raiders. Joe Flacco picked apart a depleted Ravens secondary, throwing for 341 ytards on 21/33 passing with 3 touchdowns to just one pick. It was a rare blowout for the AFC North-leading Ravens, who won their previous five games by a total of 23 points, and are now looking more like the Ravens team that advanced to the AFC Championship game last year.


The Cleveland Browns were off this week as they look to rest up for Sunday’s road game against the Dallas Cowboys, who at least temporarily appeared to  have saved their season after Sunday’s 38-23 victory over the Eagles.


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