From Heinz Field, Pittsburgh
The inactive players for the Chiefs against the Steelers today are quarterback Aaron Murray, wide receiver Donnie Avery cornerback Marcus Cooper, running back Charcandrick West, center Eric Kush, guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, defensive end Nick Williams
The inactive players for the Steelers against the Chiefs today are quarterback Landry Jones, wide receiver Justin Brown, safety Troy Polamalu, cornerback Ike Taylor, defensive end Clifton Geathers, guard Chris Hubbard, tight end Matt Spaeth.
For the Steelers, Brice McCain will start at right cornerback for Ike Taylor and Will Allen will open at strong safety for Troy Polamalu.
For the Chiefs, Albert Wilson is expected to open with the No. 1 offense at the other receiver, opposite Dwayne Bowe.
The National Weather Service forecast for Sunday here in the Steel City is calls for mostly cloudy skies with temperatures near 40 degrees. There’s a very light wind like their always is right next to the spot where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers come together to form the Ohio River. But it’s not enough wind that it should play a part in the game. Kickoff temperature expected to be 37 degrees.
The playing surface at Heinz Field is in remarkable shape given the time of year and the amount of football games played in the stadium each fall. Not only is it the home for the Steelers, but also the University of Pittsburgh and numerous high school games. Generally, by this time of the year the ground is chewed up and there’s little turf left to play on. It looks like a nice fast track for these teams to play on right now.
The Steelers are just 2-4 at Heinz Field this season, having lost unexplainable performances against Tampa Bay and New Orleans. In the last three seasons, Pittsburgh is only 12-10 here at Heinz Field.
Jamaal Charles comes into the game needing just 50 rushing yards to pass the 1,000-yard mark for the fifth time in his career. It would also give him three consecutive seasons with 1,000-plus rushing yards. That would match the performance of Priest Holmes, who had 1,000-yard seasons in 2001-02-03.