Pittsburgh Steelers (11-6) at Buffalo Bills (9-7)
|Date & Time||Saturday August 29, 2015, 4:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Buffalo Bills -2.5 -- Over/Under: 43
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills play a preseason game Saturday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are 1-2 in preseason play and are coming off a win over the Green Bay Packers. Landry Jones has thrown 97 passes in three games for three touchdowns and two interceptions. Ben Roethlisberger, who has thrown 17 passes in two games, should get the most reps he has yet. Bruce Gradkowski has thrown just five passes this preseason. DeAngelo Williams has 48 rushing yards on 10 carries and Tyler Murphy is coming off a game in which he had 61 receiving yards and a touchdown. Defensively, the Steelers have produced nine sacks and allowed 56 points in three games. Jarvis Jones has a sack, Bud Dupree has a tackle for loss and Shamarko Thomas is coming off a six-tackle performance.
The Buffalo Bills are 1-1 in preseason play and are coming off a win over the Cleveland Browns. Tyrod Taylor is making a strong case to become the starting quarterback, as he’s rushed for more than 80 percent of his passes and making good decisions with the ball. Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel have combined for two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Bronson Hill has rushed for 48 yards and Deonte Thompson has 96 receiving yards and a touchdown. Defensively, the Bills have produced five sacks and allowed a combined 13 points in the first half. Ikemefuna Enemkpali has seven tackles, Cedric Reed has two tackles for loss and Ronald Darby has two interceptions.
The Steelers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bills are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. AFC and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Steelers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 meetings.
I really like Taylor leading the way for Buffalo, and the Bills defense doesn't need any introduction. Also, while Roethlisberger is probably going to play a bit, he's an established starter who the coaching staff is going to protect. I like the Bills to win this game.