After defeating the San Francisco 49ers last Monday, the Buffalo Bills are now 9-3 and will look to get their tenth win of the season as they will host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football. The Steelers are no longer undefeated after the Washington Football Team pulled off the upset and beat Pittsburgh last Monday. In this article, I will give you a few things to keep your eye on.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen played arguably his best game of his career against the 49ers on Monday. Allen went 32/40, throwing for 375 yards. He also threw four touchdowns and no interceptions. However, Pittsburgh has one of the best defenses in the NFL. Despite losing to Washington the other day, they are still a threat. With that being said, as you can see above, Allen has seen the Steelers defense before and it was in a victory over Pittsburgh last year which had the Bills clinching a playoff spot.
However, Allen has been playing like an MVP candidate. With the addition of wide receiver Stefon Diggs, also adding wide receivers Cole Beasley and John Brown to the mix, Allen has been great. We will see if he can keep up the fantastic season against one of the defensive units in the league.
A tough defense
Speaking of the Steelers defense, I will talk about them next. According to Pro Football Reference, Pittsburgh’s defense is top ten in all defensive categories. Their passing defense is second best in the NFL, rushing defense is 6th and sit in first when it comes to total defense. However, Buffalo’s offense sits in the top ten for total offense (8th), 1sr in passing offense and 5th in rushing. It will be a tough test, but Buffalo has the weapons to score on this scary Pittsburgh defense.
I cannot stress this enough, Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley is extremely underrated. Aside from Allen, Beasley was another factor in the Bills victory over the 49ers last Monday night. Pro Football Reference says Beasley has 66 receptions, 797 yards and four touchdowns. Against San Francisco, Beasley caught nine passes for 130 yards and caught one touchdown. If Buffalo wants to beat Pittsburgh, I think the Bills should continue to involve Beasley.
Bills can clinch a playoff spot
Last year, Buffalo clinched their playoff berth with a win over Pittsburgh. Ironically enough, it was in December on Sunday Night Football. However, they just needed to win. This time around they need to win and have some things happen. Buffalo can clinch a playoff spot for the 3rd time in four years if the following events happen:
-BUF victory over PIT
-BAL loss vs CLE
-MIA loss vs KC
-LV loss vs IND
-NE loss or tie vs LAR
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I think it will be a great game. It’s a battle of two powerhouse teams and it has potential to be a high scoring game. Both offenses are very good and I expect it to be a shootout. You can catch the game on NBC with kick off getting started just after 8 pm on Sunday.
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