Pittsburgh Steelers at Buffalo Bills Betting Preview

Sunday, December 13, 2020, Bills Stadium, Orchard Park, New York, 8:20 p.m. ET

Steelers at Bills Betting Preview: Steelers (+2.5/-105), Bills (-2.5/-115)

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers are coming off their first loss of the season, a somewhat shocking home outcome against Washington. This is a chance to see how Pittsburgh will respond to this situation after opening with 11 consecutive victories.

Despite the overwhelming success this season, it has been an unsettling time for the Steelers because of schedule changes. If this game is played Sunday night, it will mark the first time in three weeks that they play on the originally designated date.

The Steelers were disappointed in their physicality in the loss to Washington, so expect that to be an emphasis against a team that’s clearly on the rise. The Steelers should be out to prove a point against a team that will be jockeying with them for AFC playoff position if Pittsburgh drops its second game in a row.

Buffalo Bills

The Bills returned from their second trip in a month’s time to Arizona — this time with a victory Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers. So it’s a short turnaround for the Bills, with the impact perhaps lessened by Pittsburgh’s recent scheduling issues.

With quarterback Josh Allen leading the charge, Buffalo has become one of the most efficient teams in the NFL. He threw for four touchdowns with a 139.1 quarterback rating in the San Francisco game.

The Bills’ only loss in their last six outings came in the ‘Hail Mary’ defeat to Arizona, so it might be hard to find a team on much more of a roll than Buffalo. Their only loss at home came to Kansas City, which is the only other one-loss team in the league besides Pittsburgh.

Steelers at Bills Betting Pick for Week 14

Until last year’s 17-10 victory for the Bills in Pittsburgh, the Steelers had won six straight in the series — and the Bills failed to score more than 10 points in three of those results. But these Bills are a different group and this is a chance to prove it. 

They’re often compared to the New England Patriots because they’re in the same division, but this year showing that they can compete successfully with the Steelers might mean more.

Steelers at Bills Betting Pick:

Bills 28, Steelers 24

Steelers at Bills Best Bet for Week 14

The way Allen is directing the Bills’ offense, it’s easy to expect that points could come in bunches. Expect the playing conditions to be a factor in some way because a December night game in Buffalo is bound to create some issues, especially with showers in the forecast. Still, there’s enough offense in play for these teams, especially figuring that Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be motivated to get back on track. Despite some rough moments against Washington, Roethlisberger has averaged more than two touchdown throws per game this season (with just seven total interceptions).

Steelers at Bills Best Bet: OVER 45.5 total points (-115)

5 NFL Prop Bets To Watch This Weekend

Last weekend saw some ridiculous action around the NFL, including a could-have-should-have-somehow-didn’t win for the Jets and the Steelers lose for the first time.

As we inch closer to the postseason, here are five prop bets we’ve got our eye on this weekend.

Jared Goff

Over/Under: Jared Goff (-113) throws for more than 271.5 yards against the Patriots

Prediction: Under

After a somewhat slow start to the season, it looks like both of these teams have finally found their footing. The 6-6 Pats travel to LA to face the 8-4 Rams on Thursday evening.

Entering the game, Los Angeles ranks sixth in the league in passing offense, averaging 271.2 yards per game. While the Pats may not be as fearsome as they were last year, New England has the seventh-ranked scoring defense in the NFL this season. New England’s defense ranks 13th against the pass (225.8 yards/game).

So what gives? My prediction is the Rams focus on attacking the Patriots on the ground; New England is in the bottom-half of the league against the run.

Dalvin Cook

Minnesota (+116) will be the first team to score in the Vikings-Buccaneers game

Prediction: Yes

The game between the Buccaneers and the Vikings could have major NFC playoff implications: Tampa Bay is projected to be the sixth seed in the NFC while the Vikings would be the seventh seed. The winner of this game will significantly increase their chances to reach the 2020 postseason.

This one comes down to the coin flip, but I’m more confident the Vikings defense can get a game-opening stop and put points on the board than Tampa holding Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson down early in the game.

Josh Allen

Over/Under: 5.5 combined passing TDs in the Bills-Steelers game.

Prediction: Over

Sunday night could feature one of the best regular-season games of the year. The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking to bounce back after suffering a disappointing loss at the hands of the Washington Football Team, ending their bid for an undefeated season. On the other side, the 9-3 Buffalo Bills are looking to continue building their confidence heading to the playoffs.

This game features two of the best passing attacks in the NFL. Buffalo ranks fourth in passing touchdowns this season while the Steelers rank sixth. Also, the Bills (fifth) and Steelers (11th) are among the league leaders in team Quarterback Rating.

In his last five games, Josh Allen has completed 72.6% of his passes and thrown 10 passing TDs. In his last five contests, Ben Roethlisberger’s has found the end zone more frequently than Allen (12 TDs to 3 INTs). I anticipate both QBs finding success come Sunday night.

This is a primetime game that will have a huge impact on how the AFC playoff race shakes out.

Nick Chubb

Over/Under: 299.5 total rushing yards in the Ravens-Browns game

Prediction: Under

The 9-3 Browns are coming off one of the best wins in recent franchise history, hammering the Titans 41-35 last week. Baltimore is hoping they can turn things around after winning only two of their previous six outings. The Ravens desperately need this game if they want to keep their playoff dreams alive while the Browns are looking to lock in a playoff berth.

This matchup will feature the top two rushing offenses in the NFL. The Ravens have the number one rushing attack in the league (169 rushing yards per game). Cleveland is right on their heels (pun intended), ranking second in the league at 157.8 yards per game on the ground.

Will these teams maintain their season averages on the ground, or will the opposing coaching staff try to take away the run game? My bet is to take the under in this prop – both sides will focus on the run (which means check Baker Mayfield’s props this weekend as well).

Patrick Mahomes

The Chiefs (+155) will be the last team to score a TD in the KC-MIA game

Prediction: No

After starting the year 1-3, the Dolphins have rebounded to win seven of their last eight – all while making multiple changes at the quarterback position. Kansas City, on the other hand, saw their chances at the top seed in the AFC increase dramatically when the Steelers lost to Baltimore. And they have no questions or concerns under center.

Miami is battling for a playoff spot and they’ve shown a lot of heart, but Kansas City’s offense is almost impossible to slow down. While I believe the Chiefs will win this game, I’m betting the Dolphins put points on the board last.

Los Angeles Chargers at Buffalo Bills Betting Preview

Sunday, November 29, 2020, Bills Stadium, Orchard Park, New York, 1 p.m. ET

Chargers at Bills Betting Preview: Chargers (+5.5/-110), Bills (-5.5/-110)

Los Angeles Chargers

Rookie quarterback Justin Herbert can’t do it all, but he’s trying. Herbert is coming off a victory over the New York Jets on Sunday when he threw for a personal-best 366 yards. He also had three touchdown passes, giving him a rookie-record five games with three or more TDs this season. He also has seven consecutive games with at least two TD passes, another rookie record.

With all the focus on Herbert, the Chargers (3-7) might be inclined to take advantage of a Bills’ defense that is 28th against the run, giving up 135.0 rushing yards per game. The Chargers did defeat the Jets on Sunday but had more issues on defense, nearly blowing a pair of 18-point leads and a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter. Already this season they blew leads of 16 points or more in four consecutive games.

Buffalo Bills

The Bills (7-3) will enter the stretch drive of their final six games of the season coming off a well-timed bye week when they were able to move closer to full strength. The Bills activated four players from the reserve/COVID-19 list, including cornerbacks Josh Norman and Levi Wallace.

Quarterback Josh Allen remains just off the pace from the top signal callers in the NFL ranking eighth overall in a number of categories including completions (249), completion percentage (68.4) and TDs (21). He is seventh in passing yards (2,871). The Bills are 20th in total defense, allowing 373.7 yards per game and need to get better at stopping the run, but should be motivated after Buffalo lost to the Cardinals on Nov. 15 on an Arizona Hail Mary pass in the end zone.

Chargers at Bills Betting Pick for Week 12

It’s hard to peg the Chargers. Are they a good team that is competitive with everybody, or one that is so embarrassingly predictable, as they keep getting exposed in the second half each week? Less confusing is a Bills’ team that moves the ball well and just needs to work on tightening the defense over the final six weeks of the regular season.

Chargers at Bills Betting Pick: Bills 31, Chargers 28

Chargers at Bills Best Bet for Week 12

The Bills give up more than 26 points per game and the Chargers give up a shade over 27 per. Both offenses are in a flow with Allen showing impressive consistency for the Bills and Herbert getting better each week for the Chargers. Points should come often, with mild temperatures expected, especially for Buffalo at this time of the year.

Chargers at Bills Best Bet: OVER 53.5 total points (-110)

Former NFLer Tarvaris Jackson Dies

Former NFL QB Tarvaris Jackson passed away in a car crash this weekend

On Sunday night, former NFL Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson died in a car crash. A Tennessee State University spokesperson said that the wreck took place in Alabama. Jackson had been serving as Tennessee State’s Quarterbacks Coach since 2019.

Tarvaris Jackson was selected in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings and played with the Vikes from 2006 to 2010. During that five-year stretch, Jackson started in 20 games for Minnesota and compiled a 10-10 record. He had his most success as a starter in the NFL during the 2007 season when he led the Vikings to an 8-4 record in 12 starts.

After his tenure in Minnesota, Jackson went to the Seattle Seahawks, where he spent one year and was eventually traded to the Buffalo Bills in 2012. In June of 2013, the Bills released Jackson who then signed with the Seahawks three days later. Jackson earned himself a Super Bowl ring during his final three years in the NFL. He went on to become a free agent following the conclusion of the 2015 season.

Jackson had been coaching the last two years. He was a Graduate Assistant for Alabama State in 2018, and he later became the Quarterbacks Coach of Tennessee State University in 2019.

According to an Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the crash only involved a single vehicle and took place at 8:50 PM last night. Jackson is survived by his wife and three children. Tarvaris Jackson was 36 years old.