The Buffalo Bills earned a convincing win over the San Francisco 49ers but the road to the playoffs gets a lot tougher against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
With the bright lights of Monday Night Football on him, Josh Allen put together another masterful performance against the San Francisco 49ers. Now the Buffalo Bills will need him to carry that over against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football.
Allen threw for 375 yards and tied a career-high with four touchdowns against a 49ers defense that usually limits opposing teams through the air. This was as clean of a performance considering the tough performance he had against the LA Chargers where he got away with some mistakes.
It’s the second-straight week where the Bills will play a game in primetime but they won’t be going up against a team that’s been banged up all season. Instead, they will be going up against a Steelers team that saw their hopes for an undefeated streak end against the Washington Football Team.
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Also, if you recall, both teams faced off against each other around this time last year and Buffalo came away with the 17-10 win. Again, there was no Ben Roethlisberger and this Steelers team is the No. 1 seed in the AFC, not struggling to make the playoffs.
Pittsburgh has not looked like themselves over the past few weeks and since they don’t have first place in the AFC locked up, they will need to pick things up again. For Buffalo, a win could improve their chances to move up in the standings and potentially make things interesting in terms of where they land in the playoff picture.
Of course, this game will be viewed as a matchup of potential AFC powerhouses and this is where Allen needs to play with the confidence he has shown lately. Both teams expect the weather to be less than ideal when you add the fact that it’s a night game but it’s also the type of game that Buffalo needs to show that they can produce no matter what the conditions are like.
Also, a win over the Steelers combined with the New England Patriots loss to the LA Rams plus the Kansas City Chiefs beating the Miami Dolphins, the Cleveland Browns overcoming the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts beating the Las Vegas Raiders helps them clinch a playoff spot.
That’s a lot that needs to happen but you see the end road that leads to the Bills securing their third playoff berth in four seasons.
All of that probably won’t be possible without Allen outdueling Big Ben which is easier said than done but not impossible considering what Alex Smith was able to accomplish. It would also help if the Bills defense continues the Steelers offensive woes which has led to a frustrated locker room including Roethlisberger.
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