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Four Downs: Winner gets the Coach of the Year award?

Tomlin and McDermott could be the top two candidates for the award

Buffalo Bills v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills are set to host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football, in what should be an entertaining game for the national audience. Today’s edition of Four Downs has everything to get you ready for kickoff.

Coach of the Year showdown?

While there are plenty of worthy candidates for the NFL Coach of the Year in 2020, I could see Sunday night’s game serving as a pivotal matchup. A win for the Steelers could solidify the award for Mike Tomlin, the current favorite according to numerous sites. Bills head coach Sean McDermott finds himself in the midst of other worthy candidates (Sean Payton, Frank Reich, etc.), but could certainly emerge from the pack with a nationally televised win over the 11-1 Steelers. A win for the Bills would go a long way in improving McDermott’s chances for the award.

Kudos to Brandon Beane

Earlier this week, the Bills announced a new contract extension for general manager Brandon Beane. It is certainly well deserved, and I was happy to see it get announced before the end of the season. Both Beane and McDermott are now signed through the 2025 season, giving an incredible amount of stability to the front office and coaching staff.

Beane has led a masterful turnaround of the Bills’ roster during his three seasons, with the team on the verge of making the playoffs for the third time in four seasons. The extension is well deserved, and all Bills fans are excited to see what he will continue to do in building this Super Bowl contender.

Pod of the Week

This week I highlight a recent episode of Locked on Bills, that is a crossover previewing Sunday’s game. The hosts do a great job in breaking down the matchup, in what should be an entertaining game.

Prediction: Bills 24, Steelers 23

The Steelers have enough weapons on offense, and plenty of playmakers on defense to have me worried about this game. In no way do I think this is going to be pretty, but I have the Bills sneaking out a win. Special teams makes all the difference, with Andre Roberts flipping the field on multiple occasions, with a Tyler Bass field goal winning it in regulation.