The two-seed Buffalo Bills are hours away from kickoff against the seven-seed Pittsburgh Steelers in what is shaping up to be a playoff classic in Orchard Park, NY. The game has been the talk of the league all week, with a lake-effect storm that dumped feet of snow on the greater Buffalo, NY area, and moved Bills-Steelers from Sunday at 1 p.m. EST to Monday at 4:30 p.m. EST.
The Bills are heavy favorites at DraftKings Sportsbook with a spread of -10. The Over/Under is set at 38.5, and the moneyline at -485 for Buffalo and +370 for Pittsburgh. The odds may be stacked against the Steelers, but anything can happen in a playoff game.
The Bills have had an impressive, yet frustrating season, fighting back from a 6-6 record to win the AFC East and clinch the two seed. Quarterback Josh Allen has been a standout player for the team... despite “a couple” of interceptions. In Week 18’s win, Allen put up impressive stats, going 30-38 for 359 yards and two touchdowns, along with 67 rushing yards on 15 carries. Head coach Sean McDermott has been instrumental in leading the team to success, turning off-field issues into motivating factors for a talented team that has often play down to its opponents. Buffalo has found a way to win in their last five games, and they are entering the playoffs with confidence and momentum on their side.
On the other side of the field, the Steelers have also had a turnaround season of their own. The decision to bench quarterback Kenny Pickett in favor of Mason Rudolph has paid off, leading the team to a three-game winning streak and a spot in the playoffs. However, star pass rusher T.J. Watt will be out today with a grade 2 MCL sprain — a significant loss for the Steelers’ defense. Without Watt, Pittsburgh will need to be creative in finding ways to generate pressure on Allen.
Best case scenario for TJ.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 7, 2024
Grade 2 MCL sprain.
Everything else looks pristine.
Couple weeks of rest/recovery.
Running back Najee Harris has been a star for the Steelers in recent weeks, with his production shooting up in the last three games. His ability to make an impact on the ground will be crucial for the Steelers this afternoon.
Despite the Steelers’ resilience, the Bills have the upper hand in this game. With a better defense, offense, and a standout quarterback in Allen, Buffalo is favored to come out on top. Home-field advantage is also a significant factor, adding to the Bills’ edge in this matchup. With so much on the line today, Bills Mafia will need to be as loud as ever and help their team to victory.
I’m expecting Allen to have a standout performance, both through the air and on the ground.
Game prediction: 30-10, Bills over Steelers
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