The Bills are aiming for a Super Bowl, wile the Steelers are hoping to get back to the playoffs. One would assume that a battle between two teams that made the playoffs last year would be a tough hard fought game. In reality, not many believe that the Steelers are going to put up much of a fight.
The Bills are one of the biggest favorites on Week 1. They're 6.5 point favorites over the Steelers. Only the 49ers, Rams, and Bucs are bigger favorites. The 49ers play the Lions, and the Rams play the Bears.
It doesn't stop there though. The Bills are given -275 odds to win the game outright. That means oddsmakers are giving them an implied 73.3% chance to win. The Steelers odds of +250 equate to a 28.6% chance to win the game.
The Bills are without a doubt one of the biggest favorites of Week 1.
The Bills and Steelers have played 27 times in their history. The Bills have won 11 of those games. Not the best, though recent history is on their side.
The Bills have won each of the last two times they've played the Steelers. First a 17-10 win in 2019, then a 26-15 win in 2020. In short, Josh Allen has never lost the Steelers.
In fact, Allen broke a long streak of losses. Before that 2019 win, the last time the Bills had beaten the Steelers was 1999.
The Bills are a Super Bowl contender. The Steelers shouldn't be much of a challenge for them even with their elite defense. Anything other than a decisive win should be considered a poor outing. The odds and history just bear that out.