Steelers vs Bills: Top 5 bold predictions for Week 1 matchup
By Andrew Falce
Steelers lose by ten
While I don’t believe the Steelers will get all-around smacked, I don’t this game is particularly close. I think the offense struggles early in the game to move the ball and only finds the endzone once (that Claypool sweep in the second quarter) before half-time.
Meanwhile, a Roethlisberger interception and fumble allow the Bills to go up 17-7 heading into half-time. The Steelers look better after the half, moving the ball more, but it isn’t enough to overcome the early deficit.
On the flip side, the Bills put on a passing clinic early in the game. Diggs makes the team pay for losing so much secondary help, and as a result, he consistently keeps Buffalo moving the chains. The Bills can’t muster much on the ground, but they don’t need to with Josh Allen commanding the offense. He torches the defense to the tune of 325 yards and three scores to only one pick.
The Steelers, to their credit, muster a late-game resurgence and at one point are only down by three points, but a pick-six by Tre’Davious White and a Devin Singletary screen for a score puts the Steelers away.
The only reason the team loses by 10 and not 17 is Harris finding the endzone late in what is essentially garbage time. The team doesn’t look horrible, especially considering the Bills being such a good opponent, but the Steelers have some work to do to get this team on the right track.
While hopes are running high for Week 1, the Bills certainly poise a steep challenge for the Steelers. With so many new faces on the team, expect this game to be a mix of good defense and an offense that has to find its new identity. Keep these five bold predictions in mind as the Steelers take on the Bills in Week 1.