Buffalo Bills vs Pittsburgh Steelers Prediction, 8/19/2023 NFL Picks, Best Bets & Odds Preseason
Game: Buffalo Bills vs Pittsburgh Steelers
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2023
Location: Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: No TV
Odds/Point Spread: Steelers (-3)
The Pittsburgh Steelers (9-8 last year) will try to defeat the Buffalo Bills (14-4 last season) at Acrisure Stadium on Saturday. Pittsburgh is 3-point favorites. The total is 40.
The Buffalo Bills wrapped up their year with a 14-4 mark. The last time they stepped on the football field, the Bills played the Bengals and took a loss by a score of 27-10. Josh Allen was the best rusher for the Bills with 8 attempts for 26 yards (3.3 yards per attempt). Dawson Knox averaged 13.0 yards per reception by notching 65 yards on 5 catches. Josh Allen went 25/42 with 265 yds passing. He had a quarterback rating of 68.1 and ended the contest with 1 interception. On the ground, the Bills conceded 172 yards on 34 tries, which averages out to 5.1 yards per rush allowed. Buffalo conceded 23 completions on 36 attempts for a total of 240 yards, and a completion rate of 63.9%. In the game, they tallied 62 plays which gave them 325 yds. The Buffalo Bills ran the rock 19 times and recorded 63 yds, which came out to an average of 3.3 yds per attempt.
In terms of scoring points, the Buffalo Bills had an average of 28.4 points per outing. As a unit they had an average of 139.5 yds via the ground game, which was 7th in the NFL. The Bills attained 6,361 total yards for last year. Buffalo accounted for 212 1st downs, and they were hurt by 92 infractions for 709 yds. They turned the ball over 27 times (14 picks and 13 fumbles lost). Buffalo earned 35 passing touchdowns and 15 rushing touchdowns.
When talking about passing yards, the Bills allowed 3,433 yards which put them in 9th in the NFL. In their 16 games played, they relinquished 214.6 yards per outing through the air in addition to relinquishing a completion percentage of 63.5%. They gave up 319.1 yards per contest which had them ranked 6th in football. They yielded 21 passing touchdowns in addition to 10 touchdowns on the ground. The opposition ran for 4.3 yards per running attempt and 104.6 yards on the ground per game for the previous year. Overall, they conceded 1,673 running yards through 16 contests. The Bills were ranked 2nd in the league in terms of their opponents scoring, conceding 17.9 points per game.
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The Steelers wrapped up their year holding a 9-8 record. In their last game, the Steelers walked away with a victory by a final of 28-14 against the Browns. Najee Harris carried the ball 23 times for 84 yds, ending the game with 3.7 yards per carry for Pittsburgh. George Pickens had the best day in terms of receiving for the Steelers, hauling in 3 throws for 72 yds (24.0 yards per catch). Kenny Pickett (1 touchdown) finished the contest with 195 yds on 13/29 through the air while his quarterback rating was 79. He kept the ball away from the defense with no picks and his Y/A was 6.7 yards. Pittsburgh gave up 22 rush attempts for 134 yards (6.1 yds per rush). The Steelers secondary conceded a completion percentage of 65.5%, surrendering 173 yards on 19 out of 29 passing. The Steelers finished the game with a total of 337 yards while they ran 67 plays (5.0 yds per play). Pittsburgh ended up running for 4.0 yards per attempt, finishing with a total of 148 yards on 37 carries.
The Pittsburgh Steelers held an average of 322.6 yards per game ranking them 23rd in football. They averaged 121.9 run yards per game and toted the ball for 2,073 yards for the year. The Pittsburgh offense totaled 711 yds of penalties on 94 infractions, which had them sitting 15th in the NFL in terms of helping out the other team. They threw 14 picks while surrendering 5 fumbles and they recorded 189 1st downs. Last season, the Steelers had a total of 3,411 passing yards in addition to an average of 200.6 passing yards per contest, which had them ranked 24th in football. In relation to their scoring prowess, the Steelers ranked 26th in football averaging 18.1 points per outing.
They allowed the opposition 29 touchdowns through the air in addition to 222.3 yards per game, which had them in 19th out of all teams. Pittsburgh surrendered a total of 1,838 yards via the ground game (108.1 yards per outing) in addition to 7 touchdowns via the rush last season. Their defense tallied 23 takeaways (3 fumbles recovered and 20 interceptions) in the prior season. The Steelers defense was on the field for 1,024 plays, which ranked them 6th in football. Overall, they surrendered 346 points in total. The Steelers conceded 20.4 points per contest, which had them in 10th of all teams in the league.
Who will win tonight's Bills/Steelers NFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Steelers -3
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