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Week 14: Bills vs. Steelers
The Bills come home for the first of a three game homestand. This is the toughest game left on the schedule for the Bills as the red hot Pittsburgh Steelers come to town and will be bringing thousands of their legions of fans with them up the I-90. A loss and the fantasy of the Bills making a run at a playoff spot will be gone for even the most optimistic of fans
Sunday, Dec. 11th
FACTS AND FIGURES
||Buffalo (6-6) vs. Pittsburgh (7-5)
||New Era Field
||Network: CBS; DirecTV: 705; Sirius: 82
||Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, & Tracy Wolfson
||Steelers by 1
||Steelers lead 13-8 (Bills 1-2 in playoffs)
||Steelers Won 5
||Steelers 23-10 in Pittsburgh (2013)
||Rush (18th); Pass (8th); overall (11th)
||Rush (6th); Pass (19th); overall (14th)
||Rush (1st); Pass (32nd); overall (19th)
||Rush (26th); Pass (8th); overall (12th)
The Bills are getting healthier as they may get Robert Woods and Ronald Darby back this week. Darby is out of concussion protocol and Woods is trying to come back from a sprained knee. Lerentee McCray is sidelined with a concussion.
The Steelers kicker has an abdomen issue as Chris Boswell is currently sidelined. DT Javon Hargrave and S Shamarko Thomas have concussions while WR Darrius Hayward-Bey has a foot injury.
Check out our Bills Daily Injury Page throughout the week for the latest updates on the injured players.
RB LeSean McCoy vs. LB Lawrence Timmons:
As Shady goes, so goes the Bills. They need a big game from him to have a chance. Timmons leads the Steelers in tackles with over 30 more than the number two tackler on the team.
LT Cordy Glenn vs. LB James Harrison:
The 14 year veteran Harrison has had a resurgence this year in Pittsburgh as he leads the team with five sacks. Glenn will have to watch out for him in passing situations.
CB Stephon Gilmore vs. WR Antonio Brown:
Gilmore wants to be lined up against the best and Brown is pretty much the best receiver the league has to offer. Should be a great battle if Rex Ryan let's Gilmore line up opposite Brown most of the game.
LB Zach Brown vs. RB Le'Veon Bell:
Brown's play has tailed off a bit since earlier in the season. Bell is red hot with three straight 100 yard games. Brown needs to lead the charge to slow down Bell and make the Steelers more one dimensional.
KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Force Turnovers: This team has done a terrible job taking the ball away. The bottom line is if they don't do it this week they will lose. If they can force a turnover or two they can get the crowd riled up and hopefully make it easier for the struggling passing game.
2. Contain Roethlisberger: Big Ben does a great job of extending plays with his size. The Bills need to keep him in the pocket and make him force some throws even if they don't get sacs.
3. Play Mentally Tough: There has been lots of talk this week that the Bills just aren't tough enough mentally after blowing a 15 point lead last week. They will need to show that they can handle adversity if they fall behind this week. If not, they can get steamrolled if they fall behind once again.
BILLS DAILY PREDICTION
I have been struggling with picking this game as I put my stellar record picking Bills games on the line. The frustration shown by Tyrod Taylor in Wednesday's press conference helped make that decision for me. His frustration seems to show a loss of confidence and that will be deadly against a very tough Steelers team. The bottom line is the best quarterback on the field by far is Ben Roethlisberger and that will lead to a victory for the Steel Curtain:
Steelers 24, Bills 17
Season Prediction Record: (11-1)
Season Record Against The Spread: (10-2)
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Gameday Grades - Coming Sunday Evening or Early Monday Morning!
|2016 Buffalo Bills|
vs AFC: (3-5)
vs NFC: (3-1)|
Team Rankings: Thru Week 13
Total Offense: 19th
Total Defense: 12th
|Player Of The Week|
LeSean McCoy - He had 191 yards total offense in the loss.
|The Bills are now...|
105-156 since 2000.
17-11 since 1990 following a bye week.
4-16 in primetime since 2001.
61-64 in home games since 2001.
15-32 in road games since 2011.
16-36 in road divison games since 2000.
7-13 in their last 20 road divison games.
38-84 against team's with a winning record since 2000.
35-61 against the AFC East since 2001.
18-34 against the AFC East since 2008.
20-14 in OT.
9-19-1 when allowing a safety.
11-13 when they have a punt return TD.
36-11 when winning the turnover battle since 2009.
6-7 in their history in games where there are no turnovers.
5-0 when each team has a 140+ yard rusher.
1-8 when Tyrod Taylor throws more than 30 passes.
43-32 when the QB throws for over 300 yards.
|Did you know...|
The Blown 15 Point Lead was just the 9th time the team has blown a lead this big. It was the first time in 73 games the Raiders came back from such a big deficit.
The Bills Rushing Attack has more than 150 yards in five straight games. 3rd longest streak in club history and longest since 1975.
The 23 Rushing TDs by the Bills are their most since 1975.
Tyrod Taylor became the first Bills QB with 6 running TDs in a season since 1964.
Tyrod Taylor is 2nd on the team's all time rushing TD list for a QB with 10.
Dan Carpenter has a club record 14 field goals from 50 yards or more.
Jerry Hughes is the 6th fastest Bill to 30 sacks as a member of the team.
Tyrod Taylor moved past Doug Flutie into third place on the team's all time QB rushing list.
LeSean McCoy is now over 11,000 yards from scrimmage in his career.
Sammy Watkins has the most receptions of any Bill in their first two seasons (125).
Sammy Watkins is the fifth Bills to have 10 or more TD receptions in his first two seasons.
Kyle Williams has 39 career sacks moving him into 7th place on the team's all time list, 1st among interior linemen.