|Written by Michael|
Bet on the NFL The Pittsburgh Steelers will look to get on track for this game against the Buffalo Bills November 28th.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have been off their game since the return of Ben Roethlisberger but they had found ways to win despite themselves. Their win over the Oakland Raiders 35-3 was a statement game and it was a hard fought battle reminiscent of the games between the two in the '70s. With the exception of a lack of offense from the Oakland Raiders Jason Campbell and Darren McFadden.
The running game has developed over the season and is now averaging just over 110 yards per game with Rashard Mendenhall out of the back field. The Buffalo Bills are also banging out an average of 110 yards per game on the ground with less tangible results.
Sportsbook lists the Steelers as the minus 6 point road favorites, with the over under at 43.
The numbers might not show that the Buffalo Bills offense has been progressing but they have made huge strides since the first game of the season. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been strong in the pocket and is developing into a serviceable quarterback. On the ground the departure of Marshawn Lynch has opened the door for CJ Spiller to get more involved in the game but it has also led to Fred Jackson getting more quality carries and making his mark.
The vaunted Pittsburgh Steelers defense has been solid for most of the season but they did look average against a focused Tom Brady and the New England Patriots a few weeks back. Troy Polamalu said before the season got underway this year that the Pittsburgh Steelers defense suffered more from the loss of defensive end Aaron Smith last season than they did from his absence.
When betting on football remember that Aaron Smith was the key to the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive flexibility. The games of James Harrison and LaMaar Woodley have suffered in Smith's absence. With Smith in the line up he frees up those two defenders to make big plays in the passing lanes by allowing them more freedom. Smith's leadership on and off the field is also a key to this Pittsburgh Steelers defense. The Pittsburgh Steelers defense still has the edge over the Buffalo Bills offense.