After suffering their first loss of the season on Monday to the Washington Football Team, the Steelers are now set for a showdown with the 9-3 Buffalo Bills on Sunday night in primetime.
It's a crucial game for the Steelers as there are huge playoff implications at stake. They narrowingly are ahead of the Kansas City Chiefs right now as the No. 1 seed in the AFC, who are 11-1 as well. The Steelers just have the tiebreaker because they lost to an NFC opponent rather than a team in the conference. The Steelers also lead the division by just two games as the Cleveland Browns sit at 9-3 and face Pittsburgh at home in Week 17 where they'll look to get revenge after losing to the Steelers 38-7 in Week 6.
The Steelers are currently 2.5-point underdogs against the Bills and the over/under is 46.5 points, according to Oddsshark.com. I can see the Bills being 2.5-point favorites since they'll be at home, and quarterback Josh Allen is coming off a superb game against the San Francisco 49ers, completing 32 of 40 passes (80%) for 375 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 139.1. Allen led Buffalo to a 34-24 win over San Francisco.
The Steelers have struggled the last few weeks and it finally caught up to them with a loss to Washington. It should be a close game and a 2.5-point spread in favor of the home team seems right. It's the third time this year the Steelers have been underdogs in a game with the two other times coming in Week 7 against the Tennessee Titans and Week 8 against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Steelers are 6-1 against the spread in its last seven games against AFC teams and Buffalo is 1-4 against the spread in its last five home games against Pittsburgh, per Oddsshark.com. The under is 4-1 in the Steelers' last five games.
The Steelers have won four straight games against the Bills on the road and haven't lost in Buffalo since 1999.