The Pittsburgh Steelers will kick off their season with a road trip to Orchard Park to face the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon. The Steelers finished the 2020 season with a 12-4 record, which was good for first place in the AFC North. The Bills finished the season with a 13-3 record, giving them their first AFC East title since 1995.
Pittsburgh is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games against Buffalo. Late last season, the Bills beat the Steelers 26-15 at home.
Steelers Facing Possible Last StandThe Steelers were one of the best teams in the league last season, but they faltered down the stretch and suffered another early playoff exit. With 39-year-old quarterback Ben Roethlisberger inching closer to retirement, this could be Pittsburgh’s last opportunity to contend for a Super Bowl with him as their starter.
Pittsburgh averaged 26 points per game last season. They threw for 250.2 yards and rushed for 84.4 yards per game.
Roethlisberger completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 3,803 yards, 33 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. They replaced James Conner, who led the team with 721 rushing yards and six touchdowns, with former Alabama running back Najee Harris, and hope to have more success on the ground this year. The biggest concern last season was the offensive line, which struggled last season. Essentially it was about veterans who were moving on or retiring and youngsters coming in to take their spot. Enter rookie left tackle Dan Moore Jr., center Kendrick Green and right guard Trai Turner to replace Maurkice Pouncey, Alejandro Villanueva and Dvaid DeCastro.
Diontae Johnson led the team with 923 yards and seven touchdowns, while Chase Claypool, who had 62 catches for 873 yards and nine touchdowns as a rookie last season, is expected to have a bigger season.
Pittsburgh was great defensively last season, giving up 19.5 points per game. With T.J. Watt signing an extension on Thursday, they will be at full strength against the Bills on Sunday afternoon.
Expectations High In BuffaloThe Bills and their fans haven’t had a lot to cheer about over the years, but the future is looking very bright in Buffalo after franchise quarterback Josh Allen led the team to its first AFC Championship game since the Jim Kelly era.
With the team coming so close to going to the Super Bowl last year, their fans are hoping they will go all the way this season.
Buffalo averaged 31.3 points per game last season. They threw for 288.8 yards and ran for 107.7 yards per game.
Allen completed 69.2 percent of his passes for 4,544 yards, 37 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 421 yards and eight touchdowns. Devin Singletary led the Bills with 687 rushing yards and two touchdowns, while Stefon Diggs led the team with 1,535 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.
Buffalo wasn’t as good defensively, giving up 23.4 points per game. They spent their first and second-round picks improving their defensive line and will need to play better than they did last year if they want to go all the way.
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a favorite.
- 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games.
- 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against an opponent in the AFC East.