TE Jake OConnell - Kansas City Chiefs
|6-4, 255||Born: 11-6-1985||College: Miami (OH)||Drafted: Round 7|
Week 19: vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Some quick side notes on the Kansas City passing game entering this playoff clash - quarterback Alex Smith has a 0.5 interception percentage (one interception, 186 attempts) in his postseason career, the best mark in NFL history (minimum 150 attempts). Chiefs' rookie wide receiver and returner Tyreek Hill is the only player in NFL history to record at least three receiving touchdowns (six for Hill this season, 83 targets for 61/593/6 receiving), three rushing touchdowns (three, 24/267/3 rushing) and three total kick-return touchdowns (three) in a season. The Steelers defeated the Chiefs 43-14 during Week Four (October 2, 2016) and have won four of the past five meetings between the clubs. During the most recent contest Smith put up 50 passes (30/50 for 287 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown, with four sacks taken for -17 yards). Hill (seven for 5/24/1) and Travis Kelce (eight for 5/23/1) both pulled in TDs in that contest, while Jeremy Maclin (eight for 5/78/0) was the leading receiver against the Steelers that day in Lincoln Financial Stadium. During their AFC West-clinching win at San Diego in Week 17, Alex Smith posted a steady 21/28 for 264 yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown (with 6/21/1 rushing as a sweetener for his fantasy owners). Four players had more than one reception at San Diego - Charcandrick West (five targets for 5/58/2); Chris Conley (five for 4/55/0); Maclin (five for 4/53/0); and Hill (seven for 5/46/0). The Chiefs' offense is churning along at a steady pace entering this playoff game. Pittsburgh beat up Dolphins' backup Matt Moore in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, sacking him five times for -36 yards while allowing 29/36 for 253 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown. Robert Griffin III compiled 29/40 for 206 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown, with four sacks taken for -26 yards at Pittsburgh two weeks ago; three games ago Joe Flacco and company were limited to 30/44 for 246 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for -16 yards. From Week 15-17 of regular season (the last three weeks, with no teams on bye), Pittsburgh has averaged 17 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (10th-least in the NFL); and 17 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (tied for seventh-least); with 9.1 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (13th-most). During regular season the Steelers averaged 242.6 net passing yards allowed per game (16th in the NFL) with 20 passing scores given out vs. 13 interceptions and 38 sacks generated (tied for 15th in the NFL and tied for ninth-ranked, respectively). This is a tough matchup for Smith and company - the Steelers' pass defense is playing well heading into this Divisional round game.