Top 5 Headlines 12/18: Chiefs vs. Steelers Preview

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1. Chiefs-Steelers Preview

By AP - kcchiefs.com

"The Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs are in the hunt for playoff spots, but one will have a much more challenging path after this weekend.

Following a pair of wins over other teams vying for postseason berths, the Steelers attempt to continue riding the NFL's best offense while trying to solve the Chiefs' stingy defense Sunday at Heinz Field."    READ MORE…

Chiefs Practice 12/17

Kansas City Chiefs practice outside on December 17, 2014 in preparation for their upcoming game against the Steelers

2. Steelers bring a new identity into crucial game against the Chiefs

By Randy Covitz - The Kansas City Star

"Think of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and images of Mean Joe Greene and the Steel Curtain defenses of the 1970s or James Harrison and the bone-crushing Super Bowl champions of the 2000s come to mind.

Think again."    READ MORE…

3. Chiefs are aware they're already in playoff mode

By Adam Teicher - ESPN.com

"The Kansas City Chiefs are basically in playoff mode with two games left in the regular season. The most realistic of scenarios for the Chiefs to make the postseason is to win both of their remaining games, beginning with Sunday's contest against the Steelers in Pittsburgh.

The Chiefs certainly need to play with a sense of urgency against the Steelers. At 8-6, their room for error is gone. That's what losses to two of the worst teams in the NFL, the Tennessee Titans and Oakland Raiders, do to a team."    READ MORE…

4. Chiefs center Hudson is getting noticed -- for all the right reasons

By Sean Keeler - Fox Sports

"You notice 61, in a good way. There's Rodney Hudson, out in space on a screen, swallowing up some unsuspecting defensive back so Jamaal Charles can slip through. There's Rodney Hudson, dancing in the pocket, keeping his man in front, giving Alex Smith a clean throwing lane. There's Rodney Hudson, on the bench, pulling rookie guard Zach Fulton aside, trying to help keep the kid's head from spinning off.

"In sports in general, especially as an offensive lineman, sometimes it's hard to get noticed," the Kansas City Chiefs' center tells FOXSportsKansasCity.com. "I think it's definitely a good thing to get noticed. And it's definitely something you can appreciate when you're just, day after day, doing your job.""    READ MORE…

5. Power Rankings: No. 13 Kansas City Chiefs

By Adam Teicher - ESPN.com

"Last week's home victory over the lowly Oakland Raiders was big for the Kansas City Chiefs. It kept raised their record to 8-6 and kept them alive with regard to the race for the AFC's two wild-card playoff spots.

But it didn't do much for the Chiefs in ESPN's Power Rankings. The Chiefs jumped just one spot this week, to No. 13."    READ MORE…

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