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A talented and mobile young quarterback tasked with taking over a playoff team from a veteran.

 

Yeah Deadrin Senat Color Rush Jersey , Pittsburgh Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger may know a little something about that.

Still, the two-time Super Bowl winner's eyes get a little wide when talking about Kansas City's Patrick Mahomes.

Asked about his initial impressions of Mahomes 鈥?whom Roethlisberger and the Steelers (0-0-1) will get a close look at when Kansas City (1-0) visits Pittsburgh on Sunday 鈥?and the 36-year-old sounds impressed and a little wistful at the same time.

"An amazing talent," Roethlisberger said. "He's got a big arm."

And big expectations too. Throwing for four touchdowns in your first season opener 鈥?as Mahomes did while lighting up the Chargers on the road in Week 1 鈥?has a way of doing that.

Now all he has to do for an encore is try to help Kansas City win in Pittsburgh for the first time since 1986, nearly a full decade before the 22-year-old was born.

No pressure or anything, though Mahomes isn't exactly concerned about carrying the weight of his team's largely forgettable history against the Steelers.

"It's a brand new season," he said. "We've got a lot of guys that are hungry and want to get better every single week and this will be a great challenge in the early season to kind of get us going."

Pittsburgh has won seven of the past eight meetings, including a 19-13 victory at Arrowhead Stadium last October that put a pin in Kansas City's 5-0 start while simultaneously igniting an eight-game winning streak that carried the Steelers to a second straight AFC North title.

Pittsburgh entered that game needing a boost after getting throttled at home by Jacksonville. The Steelers could use another one after an ugly 21-all tie in Cleveland last week in which they turned it over six times and blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead.

Playing well against Kansas City has rarely been an issue for the Steelers. Neither have home openers. Pittsburgh is 15-2 in season debuts at Heinz Field since moving from Three Rivers Stadium in 2001 and Roethlisberger 鈥?who spent part of the week dealing with an achy right elbow 鈥?tends to find another gear when in Pittsburgh's home black jerseys. He's averaging nearly three touchdown passes per game at Heinz Field since the start of 2014.

Some things to look for as the Chiefs try to end a six-game losing streak in the Steel City while the Steelers try to avoid their worst start since they dropped their first four games in 2013, the last time they missed the playoffs.

KING OF THE HILL

Kansas City wide receiver/punt returner Tyreek Hill piled up 269 total yards in Los Angeles, including a 53-yard catch-and-run touchdown and 91-yard punt return for a score that ended in similar fashion: with Hill flashing the "peace" sign as he traipsed into the end zone.

Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt says older brother Derek 鈥?a fullback for the Chargers 鈥?offered a brief scouting report on Hill Adidas Nolan Patrick Jersey , who has 13 touchdowns of 50 yards or more in 32 games.

"He said 10 (Hill) is fast," Watt said. "I said 'I already knew that.'"

So does everyone else. Pittsburgh gave up plenty of big plays last season, allowing 13 passes of more than 40 yards, tied for third-highest in the league. The revamped secondary played well in Cleveland, but that was in the rain against an offense that doesn't feature a player such as Hill.

"He's a human video game," Pittsburgh linebacker Bud Dupree said. "We got to make sure he doesn't make a lot of explosive plays that he always makes."

ENCORE, ENCORE

Pittsburgh will play without All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell for a second straight week while Bell continues to wait to sign his franchise tender. The Steelers hardly missed Bell in Cleveland. James Conner rolled up 192 total yards on 36 touches 鈥?both Bell-like totals 鈥?and scored twice .

The goal now will be trying to replicate that kind of effectiveness again. And again. And again. Bell has been particularly effective against Kansas City, averaging 144 yards when facing the Chiefs.

EB's ABSENCE

The Chiefs will likely be without star safety Eric Berry for the second consecutive week. He tore his Achilles tendon last season and had returned for summer workouts, but he's been out since the early part of training camp with soreness in his heel. "Just being cautious with it. It's a long season Eagles Markus Wheaton Jersey ," Kansas City coach Andy Reid said. "That's where we're at."

SECOND WAVE

The Steelers relied heavily on wide receivers Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster in Cleveland. Help could be on the way Sunday. Tight end Vance McDonald 鈥?sidelined all of training camp with a foot injury 鈥?is expected to play. McDonald was productive when healthy in 2017 and caught 10 passes for 112 yards in a playoff loss to Jacksonville.

AP Sports Writer Dave Skretta in Kansas City contributed to this report.

 

The NHL has told Brad Marchand to stop licking opponents or the Boston Bruins forward will face punishment.

Senior vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell spoke to Marchand and Bruins general manager Don Sweeney on Saturday about Marchand’s actions against Tampa Bay a night earlier. Marchand licked Lightning forward Ryan Callahan on the face during Game 4 of their second-round series after appearing to do the same to Toronto’s Leo Komarov earlier in the playoffs.

The league says Marchand has been put on notice that his actions are unacceptable and that similar behavior in the future will be dealt with through supplemental discipline. He could be fined or suspended by the NHL if he continues to lick players.

”All I’m going to say is there is absolutely no place in our game for that,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. ”I don’t get it, I don’t understand it. How would you feel if I walked over to you right now and gave you one big lick? Right from the chin all the way up. There’s just no place in the game for that.”

After the game, an overtime loss that put Boston down 3-1 in the series, Marchand said Callahan punched him in the face four times.

”He just kept getting close,” Marchand said. ”Nothing big.”

Told that Callahan compared licking to spitting and said it should be penalized accordingly, Marchand said: ”That’s cute. Good for him.”

Marchand’s antics were the talk of rinks on Saturday. Penguins forward Tom Kuhnhackl said it was impossible to avoid hearing about Marchand licking Callahan because it was all over social media.

When asked if one benefit of wearing a full face shield was protection from being licked, Pittsburgh’s Carl Hagelin said: `I’m not going to answer that. Funny question, though.”

Some Winnipeg players watched the game while in Nashville and had a variety of reactions. Jets forward Adam Lowry said he probably would’ve punched Marchand – the kind of response the known instigator likely was looking for – while coach Paul Maurice said Malik Hooker Jersey , ”It gives me the willies.”

”It’s a play I’ve never seen happen before in hockey,” Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey said. ”That’s the thing in the playoffs. Crazy stuff goes on and you have to keep a level head.”

Predators players talked among themselves about Marchand, asking each other what they would do in that situation.

”It would kind of be funny, but in the moment it probably wouldn’t be very funny,” defenseman P.K. Subban. ”I’m sure looking back you’re like, `I got licked in a hockey game.’ It’s just weird, you know?”

For all the trash-talking, pushing and shoving that goes on in hockey, especially with the Stanley Cup as the ultimate prize Youth Derrius Guice Jersey , the line is usually drawn at spitting. Licking is just as unsanitary and, to most players, unwelcome.

”It’s like spitting on someone. It’s extremely disrespectful,” Lowry said. ”You got to respect your opponents. I get playing hard in a series and there might be some dislike between guys, but there’s a certain line that shouldn’t be crossed and that’s one of them.”

AP Sports Writers Teresa M. Walker in Nashville, Tennessee, and Jimmy Golen in Boston contributed to this report.

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