Pittsburgh Steelers make the trip to New York State this weekend on the back of their first defeat of the season at the hands of Washington last week. The Bills overcame the San Francisco 49ers, and now top the AFC East. This looks like being the most entertaining game of the week 14 line-up, and fans should be in for a real treat. Both teams will be pushing hard for victory as we reach the business end of the season. Read on to see where the best betting value can be found!
The game of the weekend
This game might well end up being a preview for the AFC Championship final. The Bills can clinch a play-off spot with a win, as long as results elsewhere go their way, so they will be pushing hard for victory. Pittsburgh also really need to win – which might sound strange about a team with an 11-1 record – as a defeat and a victory for Cleveland would have the Browns really breathing down their necks in the AFC North. This their toughest test yet when it comes to trying to remain unbeaten in the AFC all season.
The Bills were dominant last weekend against the 49ers, with Josh Allen once again the star. The quarterback is becoming a serious contender for MVP this season, and last week completed 32 of 40 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver Cole Beasley also turned in an outstanding display – producing nine catches for 130 yards and one touchdown.
The Steelers head into this game on the back of a short week, having played on Monday night. That lack of rest and preparation time, coupled with the shock of their first defeat, may have unforeseen effects on performance. They were plagued by a tendency to drop passes last week, and head coach Mike Tomlin has told his players that that needs to improve. Wide receiver Diontae Johnson has dropped seven passes this season – the fourth highest tally in the NFL. Tomlin has asserted that players will be dropped if they don’t improve, so it will be interesting to watch the Steelers’ pass offense in action.
Our Pick: Bills by 1-6
Our tip for this game is that the Steelers will suffer a second consecutive defeat, but it will be close. We expect the Bills defense to expose some weaknesses in a tired Steelers offense, especially when it comes to the pass. Whether the win will be enough for the Bills to seal a play-off spot depends on results elsewhere, but we expect them to take a big step towards securing their post-season place with a narrow win. Josh Allen will produce another great performance to help his team to victory.
Our pick: Bills by 1-6 @ +320 with 888Sport