Monday, November 12, 2012
Steelers own Monday night in Pittsburgh
By Jamison Hensley
History says Pittsburgh won't be looking past the one-win Chiefs.
The Steelers have won 14 straight home games on "Monday Night Football," the longest streak in the history of the series. The last visiting team to win in Pittsburgh on a Monday night was the Giants on Oct. 14, 1991. How long ago was that? Ben Roethlisberger was 9, Chuck Noll was the head coach and Merril Hoge ran for 73 yards that night against New York.
More recently, the Steelers' Mike Tomlin has posted the best winning percentage on Monday night at .857 (6-1 record) among active coaches with at least five appearances, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Even without these favorable marks on Monday night, it would be easy to overlook the Chiefs. According to Elias Sports Bureau, they are the first team to not hold a single lead in their first eight games of a season since the 1929 Buffalo Bisons, who folded at the end of that campaign. Kansas City's only win came on an overtime field goal (Week 3 at New Orleans). Kansas City's 29 turnovers are 10 more than the next-highest team and the most any team has had in its first eight games since the 1997 Saints.
The Steelers say they're not taking the Chiefs lightly.
“Good teams continue to win regardless of where they’re playing, who they’re playing,” defensive end Brett Keisel told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.