Steelers news: Playoff schedule, T.J. Watt injury update, early odds vs. Bills

  • Steelers vs. Bills Wild Card matchup
  • Latest T.J. Watt injury update
  • Opening odds vs. Buffalo

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Pittsburgh Steelers fans around the globe are celebrating following the results of Week 18. After doing their part and giving themselves a shot at the tournament by defeating the Baltimore Ravens in the season finale, Pittsburgh got the help they needed on Sunday afternoon with a Titans upset win over the Jaguars.

With the results of this game, Mike Tomlin's team officially entered the AFC playoffs as the No. 7 seed. However, their matchup wasn't decided until late on Sunday night following the results of the Bills-Dolphins game. The latest Steelers news sheds light on Pittsburgh's playoff schedule, T.J. Watt's knee injury, and odds for Super Wild Card Weekend.

Steelers will play against the Bills in the Wild Card round

Because the Bills were able to fend off the Miami Dolphins on Sunday Night Football, the Steelers will be playing in Buffalo this weekend in the Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs. Had the Bills-Dolphins game gone the other way, Pittsburgh would be gearing up to face the Chiefs in Kansas City.

Instead, Pittsburgh will venture a few hours north to Highmark Stadium in Buffalo where they will gear up to take on QB Josh Allen and company for a win-or-go-home playoff matchup. This game will be played at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, January 14th. Fans can catch the game nationally on CBS. They can also stream the game with a subscription to FuboTV.

Latest T.J. Watt injury update

T.J. Watt went down with a knee injury late in the third quarter of Pittsburgh's season finale against the Ravens. The Steelers star was able to walk off the field with some assistance, and the prognosis was that he avoided a major knee injury.

Unfortunately, Watt is unlikely to return to the field this week for the Wild Card game against the Bills. Ian Rapoport of reported that the MRI confirmed that this is a Grade 2 MCL sprain for Watt and that the 'best case scenario' is that he will be out for two weeks.

As tough as he has been playing through injuries in the past, don't expect T.J. Watt to suit up for this pivotal contest. Perhaps there's a way he could play the following week if the Steelers find a way to defeat the Bills without him. If Pittsburgh wins this Sunday, they will be playing on the road against the Baltimore Ravens in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.

Steelers vs. Bills odds

Unsurprisingly, the Pittsburgh Steelers open Super Wild Card Weekend as heavy underdogs on the road against the Buffalo Bills. The opening line for this game is Pittsburgh +9.5, courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook. Pittsburgh has a moneyline of +370 and the over/under for his game is set at just 35.5 points.

The odds would have been similar had the Steelers been matchup up agasint the Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium this weekend. Pittsburgh is the biggest underdog in the Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs.