HEY BUFFALO! DUCK!
Baltimore has won the AFC North and the only way for the Steelers to make it to the playoffs is as a wildcard team. They can definitely capture a spot but this week there is a huge roadblock in their path in the form of the Buffalo Bills. When the schedule came out this looked like it could be a cakewalk for the home team injuries and other things happened along the way. And, as it turned out, the Bills developed into a pretty good team with a young quarterback and a strong defense. Realistically, they resemble Pittsburgh and that tells us the game will come down to the quarterbacks.
Josh Allen is a big strong-armed Ben Roetlisberger type player and the only thing he's missing is accuracy. He will be a problem for Steelers defenders because he extends plays with his feet and though not exceptionally fast, he is deceptively elusive. The good news for Steeler Nation is that Allen oftentimes tries to do too much and when he does that he makes mistakes. During his promising two-year career he has completed just 56% of his passes and thrown 28 interceptions. If the trend holds true the advantage goes to the home team. As for the home-town signal caller, Devlin "Duck" Hodges, he just needs to do what has been asked of him and just manage the team. In his three wins he's done enough and not too much to beat the Chargers, Browns and Cardinals. However, he has not faced a defense with the likes of Buffalo. The Bills rank 3rd in total and pass defense and 14th in run defense. Hodges is completing 71% of his passes and is looking more comfortable in the offense each time out. How he plays under the spotlight of a Sunday Night national game and the heat of the Buffalo defense will certainly determine the Steelers outcome.
Also, this game could grow the "Legend of the Duck" to larger-than-life status.
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