By Elliot Harrison
Sunday, 1 PM ET, CBS
Pittsburgh Steelers 26, Buffalo Bills 21
Big leap of faith here. As talented as the Steelers are, how many times have we seen them crap out on the road? I owned a 1978 Celica with a manual moonroof that was more reliable on the pavement. Put some $500 wheels on that baby, too. I tried to shine a turd, in the way that Pittsburgh's four glossy home wins this year obscure the three ugly losses on the road. The Steelers lucked out in their last road game, as Colts quarterback Andrew Luck wasn't available for the Thanksgiving trip to Indy. T.T. didn't fare well in Oakland last Sunday, but the relevant narrative is that he is Tyrod Taylor, not Tyrod Tolzien. Keith Butler's Pittsburgh defense has its work cut out for it.
Key matchup to watch: The Bills' run defense vs. Le'Veon Bell. Buffalo has allowed 161 rushing yards per game -- 4.7 yards per clip -- since Week 12. And you know what? There are no massive 30-yard runs in that grouping. Good thing Bell isn't explosive ... #PITvsBUF
By Mike Florio
Steelers at Bills
MDS's take: The Bills' running attack gives them the chance to play a ball-control offense and beat the Steelers on the ground. But I see the Steelers getting a couple big plays from Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown and winning a close one.
MDS's pick: Steelers 24, Bills 23.
Florio's take: The Steelers are surging and the Bills are shell-shocked after last Sunday's 24-9 lead quickly became a 38-24 loss. The only question now is who'll stay and who'll go after the Bills once again fail to make it to the playoffs.
Florio's pick: Steelers 30, Bills 20.
By Chris Simms
When: Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Ben Roethlisberger and Co. will see Buffalo's ball-control offense—and raise it.
Few teams are playing better keep-away football than Pittsburgh right now. Coordinator Todd Haley's offense centers around Le'Veon Bell dominating time of possession with a few deep shots sprinkled throughout. In essence, it's a better version of Buffalo's offense.
Those Bills have rattled off five consecutive 150-plus-yard rushing games. But they haven't faced a defense packed with so many athletes—Ryan Shazier, Lawrence Timmons and Bud Dupree, to name a few. Tyrod Taylor will need to throw quickly and accurately to keep Buffalo in it.
Prediction: Steelers 23, Bills 21
By Pete Prisco
Pittsburgh Steelers 30, Buffalo Bills 23
The Steelers have won three straight games and they're playing well. It's the improved defense that has triggered the winning streak. The Bills will give them a tough challenge with their offense, but this week the Steelers offense gets it cranked up. Pittsburgh keeps rolling.
By Peter Schrager
Sunday: Steelers at Bills
Must win for the Bills, and in recent years these have been losses. This one, on paper, seems like a good situation. Home game. Bad weather. Crowd should be frosty (and frothy). But the Steelers have won five straight over Buffalo, and they've outscored the Bills 117-56 in those five outings. The last time the Bills beat the Steelers (1999), Kordell Stewart and Doug Flutie were the quarterbacks. If the Bills are a playoff team, they win this game. I'm just not sure I see it.
The pick: Steelers 30, Bills 20
By David Steele
Pittsburgh Steelers (7-5) at Buffalo Bills (6-6)
Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS
The Unrelia-Bills strike again. Granted, their last four losses were to contenders (Dolphins, Patriots, Seahawks, Raiders) but except for New England, all three were wins that got away. The Steelers' defense can still get beat, but that offense is clicking now, and Le'Veon Bell is becoming unstoppable. Steelers, 31-26
Steelers at Bills
Prediction: Steelers win by 2
It looked for some time like the Bills were going to make the perplexing three-point spread last week in Oakland look brilliant, only to allow the Raiders to blow by them for 29 unanswered points. The Steelers had a comfortable win at home against the Giants, but were certainly aided by red zone difficulties and turnovers on behalf of New York. The matchup to watch in this one is how well the Bills' pass-rush, led by Lorenzo Alexander and his 11 sacks (second among 3-4 OLBs, but just one since Week 7), fare against an offensive line of the Steelers that is fifth in the league in pass-blocking efficiency (83.2). If Pittsburgh can keep Ben Roethlisberger clean, he has a big-time advantage with Antonio Brown against a pair of Buffalo corners that have regressed substantially (and lately, have not been healthy) this year.