Steelers vs Bills: 5 crucial matchups to watch in Week 1

Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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Najee Harris, Pittsburgh Steelers
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Najee Harris against Bills front 7

Najee Harris has a big test in his NFL regular-season debut.

Harris will be going up against arguably one of the best defenses in the league. With a new offensive line in Pittsburgh, it will be interesting to see if the guys up front will be able to give Harris the holes he needs to have a great game. This will take the pressure off Ben Roethlisberger, as he won’t have to throw the ball as much and will allow the offense to become more balanced.

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Harris also has a lot of opportunities to get many receptions in this game. The Steelers have to figure out a way to line up Harris against coverage that will be in their favor.

Ben Roethlisberger vs. Bills secondary

Roethlisberger’s performance against the Bills this weekend is the most important piece to this offense.

Yes, getting the run game going is extremely important. But Roethlisberger is going to have to move the chains if the Steelers have any chance of winning this one. Roethlisberger needs to take care of the football in this game, too.

Getting the passing game going to all of Roethlisberger’s options is key and could take some of the pressure off the offensive line and Harris to perform at a high level.

Pittsburgh definitely cannot rely on the pass to win this game.

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