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Charcandrick West impresses in Chiefs' victory

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Filling in for an injured Jamaal Charles, Chiefs running back Charcandrick West totaled 129 yards and a touchdown to lead the Kansas City to a 23-13 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 7. Here's what you need to know:

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1. With Ben Roethlisberger out of the lineup, the Steelers' coaching staff has had to pick their poison between handcuffing the quarterback with ultra-conservative game plans and play calls or risking back-breaking turnovers. They were bitten by both on Sunday. Landry Jones struggled to move the chains early, with coordinator Todd Haley leaning heavily on the run. Once Pittsburgh fell behind, Jones was forced to throw -- and the turnovers followed. He threw a pair of interceptions and lost a fumble, nearly equaling the team's season total of four giveaways entering the game. With the 3-3 Dolphins coming like a freight train in the AFC wild-card race, Roethlisberger will be pushing hard to return for next week's titanic AFC North tilt versus the undefeated Bengals.

2. The Chiefs were similarly banged up, with West replacing Charles and rookie Chris Conley filling in for Jeremy Maclin, who is still nursing concussion symptoms. West's big game was all the more impressive coming against a talented young Steelers front seven that ranked fifth in Football Outsiders' run defense metrics. Conley played well enough to earn a bigger role going forward.

3. A strong Comeback Player of the Year candidate, three-time Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry is playing at a high level in his return from Hodgkin's Lymphoma. His first interception since Week 15 of the 2013 season thwarted a Steelers drive when the Chiefs held a 16-10 third-quarter lead.

4. Massive (6-foot-9) new Steelers left tackle Alejandro Villanueva held his own for most of the game, but was exposed by Tamba Hali's speed rush on a fourth-quarter sack that ended any hope of a Pittsburgh comeback. This could be an issue going forward.

5. There's no running back with uncanny patience and insanely sharp cutting ability like Le'Veon Bell, who left Ron Parker grasping for air on this 42-yard run.

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