Our writing team returns with another edition of weekly predictions, differing if the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5) will triumph over the Buffalo Bills (9-4).
Defense will be the tale and spell the commentary on exactly where these offenses are currently at facing greater competition. Perhaps, it will necessarily be entirely different reasons as the Pittsburgh Steelers take their last homestand behind an undrafted rookie QB, that has got the better of first-round picks in recent weeks. Then for the Buffalo Bills, QB Josh Allen is still etching out the beginning to a hopeful illustrious career with a unique skill set.
In contrast, both will be facing talented youth & future staples of the league. TJ Watt, Devin Bush, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Tre’Davious White, Ed Oliver, & Tremaine Edmunds (just to name a few), all head two separate top 5 defenses that are each allowing no more than 19 PPG to opposing offenses.
Favored by only 1 point, a statement victory by Pittsburgh could turn to a surge of momentum to close out 2019 as the team is only getting healthier by the week. A mountain to climb on Sunday night, it’s primetime on NBC at 8:20 ET with heavy playoff implications for the AFC wildcard spots.
A moment to rejoice, the group were all correct in choosing Pittsburgh to continue their win streak against the Arizona Cardinals last week. Now with only three weeks left in the season, the Steelers & our writer’s race to the top with tied records across the boards.
Still Curtain’s 2019 Season Records
Tommy Jaggi (7-4)
Ryan Pawlowski (7-4)
James Perry Kelly (7-2)
Edward Hunt (6-5)
Brandon Kring (6-5)
Jobe Morrison (6-5)
Christian Brown (6-5)
Mike Morris (4-4)
Chris Halling (3-0)
Jordan Newman (2-1)
Predictions & Explanations
“The Steelers and the Bills are mirror images of each other in many ways. Both squads possess terrific defenses that can hold teams under 20 points per game, but their offensive firepower is lacking. Still, the home-field advantage favors the Steelers. If they can find a way to put up a few scores, Pittsburgh’s defense should take care of the rest” – Tommy Jaggi (Steelers 20-17)
“The defense is one of the toughest the Bill’s have faced all season. The Steelers will need to have many different things go their way in order to win, it’ll need to be another team effort to pull off this huge game” – Ryan Pawlowski (Steelers 24-20)
”No Juju, no McDonald, no Conner? No Problem. Reviving the “We are family” spirit of the ’79’ Pirates, the Steelers surrogate offense again does what it needs to do while the defense does the rest” J. Perry Kelly (Steelers 23-20)
“The Steelers and Bills will have a defensive battle for the ages. With the weather getting colder and both defenses good, this should be a defensive battle that I think the Bills will win in the end” – Edward Hunt (Bills 17-14)
“The Steelers and Bills are both enjoying very solid defensive years and both struggle on offense. This comes down to which offense can make a play to win and Pittsburgh’s offense has picked up some since Duck Hodges took over so I believe the defense will contain Buffalo and the offense makes one play when needed to get the prime time victory” – Brandon Kring (Steelers 16-12)
”It will be a close one…” – Jobe Morrison (Steelers 21-20)
”I expect the showdown between the Pittsburgh Steelers & Buffalo Bills to be a true defensive battle. Look for a whole lot of special teams play as well. First one to have 14+ wins. I’m calling the Steelers to continue their hot streak” – Christian Brown (Steelers 21-17)
“Well, the defense has been a solid unit all year, and I think the offense can really continue to gel, even with Juju out again. Hopefully Diontae Johnson wasn’t a one-week wonder, and can keep it up from last week” – Mike Morris (Steelers 27-17)
”Steelers play a good Bills team currently at 9-4 and fighting for a playoff spot. Pittsburgh fight hard and while the defense plays well, Josh Allen plays better than Hodges, and the Bills win a close one” – Chris Halling (Bills 21-17)
“Look, I know I stated that I will begin to copy Tommy to make my improbable run to first place, but I have to disagree with him this week sadly. Both teams defenses come in really strong, but the versatility for the Bills offense poses more as a threat than the unexpected play for Hodges against a very talented unit. Buffalo is able to make the play and come out atop at Heinz field on a close one” – Jordan Newman (Bills 17-10)