The Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills face off on Sunday and this is a big game for both teams. The Steelers are trying to keep the last wild card spot and a loss in this game could mean they miss out on the playoffs.
They have a tough challenge against a solid Bills team but they should still be able to come away with a victory and stay in the playoff picture. Let’s breakdown four reasons the Steelers will win their 9th win of the season.
4. Steelers finally getting healthy
The Steelers are finally getting healthy and the offense should get a big boost with James Conner and JuJu Smith-Schuster expected to go in this game.
Mike Tomlin didn’t want to speculate how many carries Conner would get, but any production he can have is a big boost.
“We’re gonna work the guys that’ve been working, that we know are healthy, and as he proves his health to us, then we’ll consider the ways that we will utilize him”, Tomlin said of Conner via steelersdepot,com. “Obviously, if he’s got a clean bill of health and he’s prepared, we know what James is capable of. But we’ll ponder those things as they’re presented to us in an effort not to waste time with hypotheticals”.
3. Josh Allen’s struggles against the blitz
The Bills are coming off a loss against the Baltimore Ravens and they gave the Steelers a perfect gameplan to use in this game. The Ravens blitzed Allen all game and he couldn’t do anything about it.
He looked flustered and the Steelers should be able to use the same gameplan to throw him off in this one. Until Allen gets comfortable against the Blitz his play is going to go down.
2. Duck Hodges
Until Devlin “Duck” Hodges gets beat it has to be assumed that he is a big advantage for the Steelers. On the season Hodges has completed 71.3 percent of his passes for 682 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions.
When the Steelers need him to make the winning play he makes them and even against a good defense he should be able to do it again on Sunday Night Football.
1. Coaching advantage
Sean McDermott is a nice coach for the Bills and this isn’t a knock on him, but the Steelers have a clear coaching advantage in this game. When Big Ben went down for the season because of injury everyone believed the Steelers season was over and they might need to think about a rebuild.
Not only do they not need a rebuild, but Mike Tomlin has also put them in a very good position to be a player in the playoffs.
He has pushed all the right moves with personal decisions and also seems to push all the right buttons during the game to get the most out of his players. If it comes down to coaching, the Steelers have a real advantage.
Look for Tomlin to push the right buttons and lead the Steelers one step closer to a playoff spot.