The Steelers' lousy play on offense can be attributed to many things from Ben Roethlisberger's broken thumb to inconsistent blocking by the line to strange play calling (Mewelde Moore running in the red zone?).
The bottom line: Pittsburgh was rusty. The Steelers looked like a team that just had two weeks off between games. Luckily for Pittsburgh, this performance came against Kansas City instead of Baltimore, New England or even Cincinnati for that matter.
The Steelers' offense relies on timing between Roethlisberger and his receivers. Last night, they were out of sync especially on the deep throws.
But it should be only a matter of time before the Steelers get the chemistry going again. Pittsburgh averaged 25 points in the four games before its bye. Roethlisberger's passing-yard totals in those four games were: 361, 365, 330 and 245.
The Steelers' track record this season says the offense's performance was a small bump in the road.
STAT THAT STICKS: 18 -- Roethlisberger's consecutive games with at least 200 yards passing, which ended Sunday night in Kansas City. He finished with 193 yards.
OVERHEARD: "We know we didn't play well on offense. Nobody has to tell us that. We just had a bad day on offense." Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace after Pittsburgh had 290 total yards, which is about 85 yards below its season average.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Steelers play host to the Bengals at Heinz Field, where they have beaten Cincinnati three out of the last four times.