Josh Allen via Erik Drost [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Sunday Night Football: Week 15 Preview, BUF at PIT

Sunday Night Football has playoff implications in Week 15! When the Steelers host the Bills, we may see one team lock in the 5th or 6th seed in the AFC Playoffs.

Sunday Night Football

Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers

Heinz Field

Pittsburgh, PA

Betting

This game is a pick ‘em! Sportsbooks see that neither team is a favorite or underdog and thus we can pick either team to win at -110 odds. Personally, I’m a believer in the Bills and see them squeaking out a victory as they make their playoff push. The total for this game is currently at 37.0 (-110 for either Over or Under). With the turnovers that I suspect will happen in this game, I like the OVER as field position will play a key role in scoring opportunities. 

Injuries

The home town Steelers are close to full health but some big pieces are listed on the injury report. Starting RB James Connor is expected to return from injury and split touches in the backfield, but star WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is going to miss action once again. 

Also, starting TE Vance McDonald is listed as OUT for Sunday Night Football.

The Bills enter Sunday Night Football with a nearly 100% healthy squad. Only RG Jon Feliciano and DL Corey Liuget are listed as questionable.

Steelers Offense vs. Bills Defense

Devlin Hodges is back as the starting QB for the Steelers and has been keying on 1 specific player ever since. That man is WR James Washington, who has emerged as a real threat to defenses every Sunday. In an offense that struggles to get over 300 total yards per game, Washington has contributed over 600 receiving yards on the season. The issue with this is that the Steelers #1 receiver is averaging less than 50 receiving yards per game. Facing off against one of the top defenses in the NFL, the Steelers will continue to struggle to find yardage in the passing game. But what about the running game with the returning James Connor? Well, Connor has only averaged 3.8 yards per carry and also has less than 50 yards on the ground per game. This offense is not good and has been carried to a winning record by their strong defensive play.

James Connor via Erik Drost [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)] for Sunday Night Football
James Connor via Erik Drost [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Bills Offense vs. Steelers Defense

The Bills offense is quite simple if you look at it with the naked eye. Josh Allen uses his legs to create openings for his backfield mates, Devin Singletary and Frank Gore. Of the two RB’s, Singletary has finally be handed the keys to the car and has not looked back. With a yards per carry of 5.6 yards, Singletary is proving that he is capable of being just as explosive in the NFL as he was in college. After establishing the ground game, Josh Allen and his cannon of an arm take reckless shots down the field to John “Smokey” Brown and Cole Beasley. The latter of the 2 aforementioned receivers may be the key to a certain writer winning a Fantasy Football tournament… hmmm. The Bills run into a Steelers defense that is trying to bring back the Steel Curtain. Led by rookie Devin Bush and trade acquisition Minkah Fitzpatrick, the Steelers defense forces turnovers with ease and has little issue shutting down the opposition. With the accuracy and overall ball protection problems of Allen and company, I suspect the Steelers defense will create a turnover or two.

Josh Allen via Erik Drost [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)] for Sunday Night Football
Josh Allen via Erik Drost [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

Predictions

Bills: 21

Steelers: 17

Guaranteed Touchdown Scorer: Cole Beasley

Dart Throw Touchdown Scorer: Frank Gore

Best Fantasy QB: Josh Allen, Allen has been a hidden gem in fantasy as his legs provide sneaky value.

Better Fantasy RB: Devin Singletary, he’s been on a roll as of late and I suspect that will continue.

Better Fantasy WR: Cole Beasley, this is more of a gut call as James Washington has been great recently.

Best Fantasy TE: Nick Vannett, in an expanded role I suspect Vannett will see plenty of targets.

Better Fantasy D/ST: Bills, I don’t trust the PIT QB play from either Hodges or Rudolph.

Conclusion

Who do you think wins tonight on Sunday Night Football? Will the Bills lock up a playoff spot with a victory tonight? Let me know in the comments below! Also, check out the shop and other content by clicking here. Oh, and there’s also a giveaway going on.

-Mitchell Seefeldt

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