Two of the best teams in the AFC will meet up on Monday Night Football in Week 14 as the Buffalo Bills host the Pittsburgh Steelers. Buffalo comes into this game with a record of 9-3, while the Pittsburgh Steelers are even better at 11-1.
Pittsburgh won 11 straight games before suffering a loss to the Washington Football Team in Week 13. The Steelers are now in a first-place tie with the Kansas City Chiefs atop the AFC standings.
Buffalo has won two straight games to stay on top of the Miami Dolphins in the AFC East race. The Bills are looking to win that division and also improve their seeding heading into the AFC Playoffs.
The Bills are 2.5-point favorites over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.
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Steelers Need to Run
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The Steelers are averaging 27.8 points per game, but this team still struggles to run the football. Pittsburgh is running for just 92 yards per game, and finding balance on offense is a huge key moving forward for this team.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for more than 3,100 yards this season, and he continues to spread the ball around. Pittsburgh has three receivers with more than 600 yards, and this passing attack will need to be great in this one.
T.J. Watt leads the defense that is holding opponents to less than 18 points per game. Watt has racked up 12 sacks to lead the team, but he has gotten plenty of help from the rest of his teammates. However, the injury to linebacker Bud Dupree has left a noticeable hole in the lineup.
Bills Need More Defense
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The Bills defense was dominant a season ago, but they are now right around league average. That unit does have 30 sacks on the season, and getting pressure on Ben Roethlisberger will be a huge key in this matchup.
Quarterback Josh Allen has emerged as a potential MVP candidate this season, throwing for 3,403 yards while completing almost 70 percent of his passes. The addition of Stefon Diggs gives the Bills a legitimate deep threat, and Allen has taken full advantage.
Buffalo is another team that needs to run the ball better, as Allen has accounted for 322 yards this season. Devin Singletary leads the team with 544 rushing yards, and he could provide the team a big boost with a solid game.
Buffalo Wins Third Straight Game
There is a very good chance that these two teams will meet up again in the AFC Playoffs, and this game will be a great preview. Buffalo comes into this game with more momentum as the Steelers have had plenty of adversity of late.
This game will likely feature a ton of points as both teams love to throw the football. Pittsburgh has the better defense in this matchup, but stopping the Bills is not an easy task.
Look for the Bills to take control of this game and send the Steelers to their second straight loss. Bet the Buffalo Bills -2.5 over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football.