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Halftime observations: Chiefs 9, Steelers 3

Royals manager Ned Yost, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez watched a video montage of the club's 2015 playoff wins before Sunday’s NFL game between the Chiefs and the Steelers at Arrowhead Stadium.
Royals manager Ned Yost, first baseman Eric Hosmer and catcher Salvador Perez watched a video montage of the club's 2015 playoff wins before Sunday’s NFL game between the Chiefs and the Steelers at Arrowhead Stadium. deulitt@kcstar.com

Here are some halftime observations from Arrowhead Stadium, where the Chiefs lead the Steelers 9-3 on Sunday.

1. The Chiefs continued shuffling their offensive line Sunday, as Eric Fisher got the start at left tackle, while Laurent Duvernay-Tardif got the nod at right guard and Jeff Allen got the nod at right tackle. Allen made his first start of the season, while Fisher made his first start of the year at left tackle. Duvernay-Tardif made his fourth start of the season at right guard. It was the fourth different starting offensive line in seven games for the Chiefs, but they seemed to do a good job — perhaps they’ve finally found a line?

2. Interesting to see how little work Knile Davis has been getting. After logging five carries against the Vikings last week, Davis has barely appeared on offense this week. Charcandrick West is getting most of the work.

3. With the ball on the Chiefs’ 32 late in the second quarter, the Steelers elected to go for it on fourth-and-1. Dee Ford made, perhaps, the biggest play of his young career when he stuffed DeAngelo Williams behind the line of scrimmage. Good to see the 2014 first-rounder make a big play.

4. The Chiefs’ miserable red zone play continues. Entering the game, they scored touchdowns on only 42 percent of their red zone appearances, which ranked 27th in the league. In the first half Sunday, they went 0-for-3 with three field goals.

5. So much for that Achilles injury. Inside linebacker Derrick Johnson climbed the ladder to make an interception late in the second quarter. Nice to see D.J. flash, even if Cairo Santos missed the ensuing 54-yard field goal.

Terez A. Paylor: 816-234-4489, @TerezPaylor. Tap here to download the new Red Zone Extra app for iOS and Android devices.

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