Steelers vs Bills: Top 5 bold predictions for Week 1 matchup

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Steelers Roethlisberger takes his lumps

Ben Roethlisberger had quite the offseason with the Steelers. In what turned out to be quite the divisive issue, Roethlisberger ended up returning to the team on a reduced deal for what is likely one final season with the squad. He looked sharp in his first preseason outing, but now he faces a far better Bills team with much higher stakes on the line.

While I am generally optimistic about Roethlisberger’s season, I think he starts the season off on the slower side. He hits a few deep passes, reminding the NFL what he can do when his knees aren’t injured, but also forces a few bad throws and has a handful of costly turnovers.

If the Steelers go down early, there is a real chance that the team reverts back to relying on Roethlisberger to throw the ball all game. If that happens, the odds of him having a bad game go up.

Important to note as well, and what will be a major player in another bold prediction coming up, the Steelers offensive line does Roethlisberger no favors. There are countless reasons to be concerned about this unit, and the Bills will likely exploit that.

With the pressure going after Roethlisberger regularly and the team likely playing from behind, don’t be surprised to see Roethlisberger’s final stat line be disappointing.