Through six weeks of play, the Pittsburgh defense has produced 17 sacks, sixth amongst all teams. In 34 years in coaching, this is only the second time Chiefs coach Andy Reid has been part of a 1-5 team.
One of the biggest factors of the game will be whether or not the Chiefs can create turnovers off Jones. While the Pittsburgh Steelers first quarterback aims to work out with Landry Jones, Ben Roethlisberger noted that he is open to the possibility that he will not be able to perform satisfactorily and might have to sit out Week 7.
Bryant caught two passes for eight yards through seven series with Vick but caught four for 129 yards and two TDs through four with Jones. The most important thing for the young quarterback is obvious. "I've been a K-9 handler for five years. He did a heck of a job in a very difficult situation".
As for Roethlisberger, he said his knee hasn't swelled up and he felt "normal" coming out of Thursday's practice session, but knows head coach Mike Tomlin will ultimately make the decision. "But collectively, that's how we're all going to get out of it".
Roethlisberger is the most complete quarterback, while Vick uses a dink-and-nibble approach but adds to it with his speed, and Jones has the huge throwing arm. "My son's J.V. quarterback does that". Up against another tough test in the Steelers, the Chiefs will need to play mistake free football, if they wish to come away with the win.
Scheme-wise, Sutton does not anticipate the Steelers changing their offense much for Jones. "I think it'll push back to where they were with Ben because, obviously, he's been trained in the system, familiar with it", Sutton said.
On the good side, this means that nose tackle Dontari Poe and outside linebacker Tamba Hali are both active and ready to go.
"We were not shocked by his performance, but we were pleased by it", Tomlin said.
Third-downs have been an issue all season, and at least today we saw some signs of what this offense can do. The Chiefs have an entire week to study Jones and put together a game plan to stop him. He's got great vision.
And, Kelce hasn't grabbed a touchdown pass since the season opener against Houston.
In addition, Jones has forged a strong bond with young receiver Martavis Bryant, who he spent considerable time with in practice on the scout team. "I'm not really sure what the trainers or coaches are saying".
Starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was a limited participant in practice for the second Wednesday in a row.