Bills vs Steelers Odds, Pick, Prediction: NFL Preseason Preview

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Bills vs. Steelers Odds

Saturday, Aug. 19
6:30 p.m. ET
Bills Odds
-120o / +100u
Steelers Odds
-120o / +100u
Odds via FanDuel. Get up-to-the-minute NFL odds here.

We look to make a Bills vs. Steelers pick on Saturday night after both delivered wins in their preseason openers.

Kenny Pickett got the ball rolling quickly for the Steelers last week with 70 passing yards on only 7 attempts, including six completions. One of those was a 33-yard touchdown pass to George Pickens on Pittsburgh's second drive. From there, we saw a combination of Mason Rudolph, Mitchell Trubisky and Tanner Morgan combine to go 13-of-24 for 178 yards and two interceptions.

Only Kyle Allen and Matt Barkley got time at quarterback for the Bills last week against the Colts, both attempting 15 passes. This time, the QB1 named Allen will be in action for Buffalo.

Let's break down the Bills vs. Steelers odds and make a pick below.

Bills vs. Steelers

Matchup Analysis

This week will look a lot different for the Bills.

Head coach Sean McDermott has stated that the starters will play for one quarter and one half and that this will be Buffalo's big dress rehearsal. This means that Stefon Diggs, Josh Allen and Dawson Knox. The Bills were able to score 23 points last week with their second and third strings. I wonder what their starters are going to do?

Mike Tomlin has said that he will be playing his starters more this week, as well. This means that we can expect to see players like T.J. Watt, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Patrick Peterson make their 2023 debuts.

For the beginning of this game, we could see some competent first-tier action on the gridiron. What about after that?

Bet Buffalo vs. Pittsburgh at FanDuel

Bills -1.5

Steelers +1.5

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The Steelers looked great against the Buccaneers, but they also got a lot of help from the Bucs’ inexperienced backups.

Tampa Bay committed 127 penalty yards in the game. While I will admit that not all penalties are significant to the outcome of the game, a 40+ yard defensive pass interference and a false start on fourth and 1 can definitely shift the momentum unfavorably. Both of these occurred last week in Tampa Bay, making it much easier for Pittsburgh to capitalize and put points on the board.

Bills vs. Steelers

Betting Picks & Predictions

Pittsburgh’s first competitive football game was in 100-degree heat, so they might be exhausted for this week.

Buffalo won’t have the same penalty issues that Tampa Bay had against Pittsburgh last Friday. The Bills committed 58 penalty yards in their game against the Colts, and I expect to see more of the same from them this week. 

Buffalo will jump out on top quickly in this AFC matchup with its starters leading the way, and its discipline will keep it on top until the game ends.

Pick: Bills ML -120 (Bet to -135)
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