The Bills have knocked off the Steelers during a primetime showdown in each of the last two years, and this year, in a matchup of two of last year’s AFC playoff participants, the Bills’ season opener will receive plenty of national attention among CBS’ early games.
The Buffalo/Pittsburgh clash has drawn CBS’ No. 2 announcing crew, featuring Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst), and Evan Washburn (sideline reporter) on the call from what is sure to be a rowdy and raucous Orchard Park.
The areas that can see the game are highlighted in red (map courtesy of 506sports):
Besides Buffalo taking on Pittsburgh, the rest of CBS’ early slate of games includes Trevor Lawrence and the Jacksonville Jaguars traveling to play the Houston Texans (in blue), the Sam Darnold Bowl as the New York Jets travel to take on Darnold and the Carolina Panthers (green), the Los Angeles Chargers heading east to face the Washington Football Team (yellow), and the Arizona Cardinals playing at the Tennessee Titans (orange).
Sunday’s matchup will be the 28th all-time between the Bills and the Steelers, with Pittsburgh holding a 16-11 edge in the series.
Buffalo was victorious the last two times these teams met, including a 26-15 triumph on Dec. 13, 2020 at then Bills Stadium. Taron Johnson returned a Ben Roethlisberger interception 51 yards for a touchdown right before halftime, Stefon Diggs hauled in ten passes for 130 yards with one touchdown, and Josh Allen completed 24 of 43 passes for 238 yards with two TDs and one interception in the win.
The Bills also prevailed 17-10 at Heinz Field on Dec. 15, 2019 to snap a six-game losing streak vs. Pittsburgh. Tyler Kroft hauled in a 14-yard touchdown pass from Allen, and the Bills picked off Devlin “Duck” Hodges four times as Buffalo wrapped up a playoff berth with the victory.