5 Reasons That The Bills vs Steelers Game Is HUGE For Buffalo
Well, now that a few days have passed, we can look with hope to the Bills' next game.
Writer, Daniel Theal of Buffalo Rising, suggests there are five reasons why the Bills meet-up with the Steelers is so important.
1) Locking up a playoff berth early
The Bills only need to win one of their remaining three games to qualify for the playoffs, but a win on Sunday Night will lock it up with two games to spare.
2) Locking down the 5 seed
If the Bills defeat the Steelers on Sunday Night, they would finish no worse than the 5 seed in the AFC playoffs...That mental freedom cannot be quantified but may allow them to play a little looser in a game that New England will certainly feel the pressure to win.
3) Division still up for grabs
Even if the Bills lose on Sunday Night and the Patriots defeat the Bengals in Cincinnati earlier in the day, the Patriots cannot clinch the AFC East in Week 15. Patriot losses against the Bills and Dolphins in Weeks 16 and 17, respectively, as improbable as that sounds, would grant the Bills a path to the division title, assuming they defeat the Jets in Week 17.
4) Rest for the starters
If the Bills were to defeat the Steelers on Sunday Night and subsequently lose to the Patriots the following Saturday, the Patriots would clinch the AFC East. Having already clinched the 5 seed via defeat of the Steelers would allow the Bills to rest their starters in a now meaningless Week 17 matchup against the Jets.
5) Break the curses
The Bills have historically struggled when playing in Pittsburgh, winning only 2 of 12 games since their first matchup in 1970... A win on Sunday Night against the Steelers would remove a few proverbial monkeys off the Bills backs.