1. Tyler Matakevich can't wait to play his former team
Tonight's primetime matchup between the Bills and Steelers is a game that Tyler Matakevich has had his eye on since March. Matakevich was drafted in the seventh round by the Steelers in 2016 and has spent the previous four years playing in Pittsburgh. He had two special teams tackles last year for the Steelers in the primetime game against the Bills. Matakevich is eager and excited for tonight's game and he explained why:
"I'm definitely excited for this game, it definitely might have been circled on the schedule since like March once I signed here," Matakevich said with a smile. "But I'm just excited to go I mean, I've been there like you said for four years, I know those guys and I know their tendencies and I got a good idea of what they like to do over there. So, I'm just really eager to get out there this weekend."
In his first season with Buffalo, Matakevich has eight special teams tackles which leads the team and he also recorded his first kickoff return in Week 8. He thinks Buffalo is the perfect place for him,and that the team and the whole city has such a great work ethic.
"I mean it's a perfect fit for me. Just a blue-collar city and the people are just gonna get down and work. You just have to be willing to work, put in the hours, and put in the time and everything else to take care of itself. So, I definitely think I ended up in an unbelievable place"
2. ESPN Cover Story with Stefon Diggs is on the way
ESPN reporter Sam Borden has been working on the newest feature for the ESPN Cover Story all about Stefon Diggs and his NFL journey. For over a year the ESPN Cover Story has been shining a spotlight on players and their unique stories. Today on Sunday NFL Countdown (10 am – 1 pm), ESPN will be airing a preview of the Stefon Diggs ESPN Cover Story. Diggs opens up about coming to Buffalo and is grateful that he was able to get a new beginning.
"I'm always thankful for Buffalo trusting and believing in me," Diggs said. "I got a new beginning, and a year ago I was in a very, very dark place. I wasn't in a great place mentally and I smile now just knowing that I was in not a great place, but in a place where I learned a lot about myself."
The multiplatform release of Diggs' ESPN Cover Story will debut this Thursday, Dec. 17.
3. Five milestones within reach during tonight's game
Keep an eye on these stats tonight as many Bills players have a chance to set new personal and franchise records:
- The last time the Bills beat the Steelers in Buffalo was on Sept. 10, 1999. With a win tonight, the Bills would post its first winning streak against the Steelers since a 4-game streak between 1986 & 1992.
- With 94 yards, Stefon Diggs can set a new single-season personal high surpassing the 1,130 receiving yards he had in 2019 with Minnesota. He is also only 11 receptions away from setting the record for most receptions by a wide receiver in Bills franchise history. Eric Moulds set that record in 2002 with 100 catches.
- With a rushing touchdown, Josh Allen would have 24 in his NFL career. 24 rushing touchdowns in the first 41 career games are second-most by a quarterback in NFL history, behind Cam Newton's 26. Only Jack Kemp with 25 has more career rushing touchdowns by a Bills quarterback.
- Cole Beasley enters the game with 797 receiving yards this season. He needs 37 receiving yards to establish a new personal single season high topping the 833 yards in 2016 with Dallas.
- With an interception, Tre'Davious White would extend his interception streak to three games. He would become the first Bill with a three-game streak since Jordan Poyer in games 14-16 in 2017.
When the Bills take the field against the Steelers in Week 14, Buffalo Bills players and staff members will be wearing cleats and shoes to bring awareness and support to causes and organizations that are important to them, as part of the NFL's "My Cause My Cleats" initiative. Scroll through to view photos of some of the cleats that will be worn during the game.