TV Schedule: Sunday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
Stadium: Heinz Field
Weather: High 51, Low 32
Line: Pittsburgh (-3)
It looks like the Pittsburgh Steelers need a pick-me-up game this season. With a 2-6 record on the year, the Steelers look to be one of the disappointments in the NFL this season. Ben Roethlisberger has completed about 65 percent of his passes this season for 2,330 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season, finding a favorite target in Antonio Brown who has taken the place of Mike Wallace. Brown has caught 61 passes for 701 yards and three touchdowns on the year, having a breakout season for the Steelers. Le’Veon Bell might be the most underrated young running backs in the league. While he missed the first few weeks of the season due to injury, he has come on strong lately, rushing for 282 yards and three touchdowns on 80 carries.
The Buffalo Bills will look to end their two-game losing skid with a win over the equally-struggling Steelers. Getting EJ Manuel back at quarterback this week will be a big boost to the offense that has somewhat struggled behind Thad Lewis and Jeff Tuel. The rookie quarterback has passed for 985 yards and five touchdowns on the season while missing a few games. Stevie Johnson has not missed a beat, catching 38 passes for 423 yards and four touchdowns even though he is part of the 28th-ranked passing offense. C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson have been somewhat of a dynamic duo this season, combining for 980 yards and seven touchdowns — Jackson has six of those seven scores.
Defensively, the Bills rank in the bottom half of the league in nearly every major category. Buffalo ranks 24th in points against and 20th in total yards against this season. The Steelers are usually known for playing some stellar defense, but not so much this season. While the pass defense ranks fourth in the league, the run defense ranks 31st and the Steelers give up the 10th-most points per game in the NFL.
PREDICTION: Bills 21, Steelers 24